'Game of Thrones' series finale draws record 19.3 million US viewers

Reuters Los Angeles, CA, USA May 21, 2019, 11.00 AM(IST)

'Game of Thrones' season 8. (Source: Twitter/ @HBO) Photograph:( Twitter )

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'Game of Thrones' which began in 2011, is HBO's biggest hit so far.

Some 19.3 million US viewers watched the series finale of television's 'Game of Thrones' on Sunday - a record audience for the fantasy series, cable channel HBO said. Read the review of the finale here. 

HBO, a unit of AT&T's Warner Media, said Sunday's live television audience and viewers on its HBO GO and HBO NOW apps exceeded the previous series high of 18.4 million for the penultimate episode a week ago.

The series set among warring families in the fictional kingdom of Westeros, which began in 2011, is HBO's biggest hit.

As the show came to an end, the cast members of the show wrote heartfelt posts on their social media. Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, shared a series of pictures along with an emotional note, closing the door on this formative experience in her career. She wrote, "Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me. The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I`ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice."

Emilia also remembered her late father and thanked her fans for their love and support."Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being. I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we`ve flown. But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we`ve made and what I`ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended," she concluded.