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More than one billion people from 170 countries estimated to watch 'Game of Thrones' season 8

Emilia Clarke in a still from 'Game of Thrones' Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 11, 2019, 12.02 PM (IST)

‘Game of Thrones’ will return for the last and eighth season on April 14 as fans around the world wait with bated breath to watch the dragons, dead army, the Night King and our loved characters from the series once again. Meanwhile, the cast got together in New York for the 'last carpet, the last premiere'. See pics here.

The series has topped every record and award for being one of the most entertaining shows ever produced for TV. It premiered in 2011 for the first time when it revolutionised how TV was seen and what was seen. 

According to several reports, more than one billion viewers in 170 different countries are expected to watch each episode in the final season. This follows the crazy records created by the season seven finale ‘The Dragon and The Wolf’ which saw the White Walkers destroy the Wall at Eastwatch. The episode was watched by 16.5 million people in the US. This was a figure arrived after combining both live and streaming figures. 

The sixth season finale that saw Jon Snow being declared the king of the north got about 8.9 million live views.

As reported in Daily Mail, Rolling Stone magazine's chief critic Alan Sepinwall believes that the HBO programmes increasing success is down to its uniqueness. He said, “It does things you never expect TV to be able to do in terms of dragons flying and burning up entire armies and zombies storming down a mountain. When Game Of Thrones debuted, back in 2011, TV was a totally different place. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon hadn't begun to create their own programming, and the audience for great shows wasn't splintered across niche genres and formats.”

While this is all true, the show is also the most pirated too with people still not opting to pay to watch it. Being one of the most torrented shows in recent years, it could mean that the figures are much higher because the ones reached at, do not include torrents. 

For all those waiting for the show to return, the Winter is here as one of the episodes will have The Battle Of Winterfell, a showdown between the White Walkers and humans. It is reported to last for 90 minutes and to reunite main characters including Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister as well as faces not seen since the first episode. 

Also, a madcap new fantasy show call 'Magnus' featuring the lumbering fairytale monsters is the talk of the Canneseries festival in the French Riviera resort, where the world's top TV market MIPTV is also being held.