As we are nearing the end of one of the biggest TV shows this generation, it is no wonder that people are flocking by the millions to see how the fantasy saga will end.
"The Bells," which is the fifth episode of Game of Thrones' final season, has beaten the series ratings record, which was set just two weeks ago. Entertainment Weekly reports the penultimate episode of the series brought in over 18.2 million viewers. Additionally, HBO says Season 8 has brought in a staggering 43 milion viewers per portion, making it the most watched show this year, despite being on a premium network.
On Monday, it was reported that episodes four and five were among the show's worst-rated episodes. The fluctuation mirrors the reception to the six-episode season; while much praise is given to the cinematography and production of the show, others are not quite pleased with its narrative direction. Despite this, the show's final episode is expected to shatter the record.
With the conclusion to GoT less than a week away, fans have been speculating on who (if anyone) will be sitting in the Iron Throne, come the end of the episode. USA Today points out bookmakers have reported the odds on who will emerge as the ruler of Westeros, with Bran Stark as the most favored at -500 at the time of this writing.
The series finale to Game of Thrones premieres May 19.