HBO's Game of Thrones has been making headlines for several reasons in Season 7, whether it be for the Game of Thrones leaked episode from a few weeks ago, or the ongoing cyber-attack that has resulted in the leak of scripts and even personal data of the show's stars. Regardless of all that drama, the show is still pulling in huge numbers, breaking yet another ratings record with Sunday night's episode Eastwatch, which brought in 10.7 million viewers. That's higher than the previous records set this season by the fourth episode, The Spoils of War (10.2 million) and the season premiere, Dragonstone (10.1 million).
Entertainment Weekly reports that the viewership will eventually be considerably higher, when taking into consideration viewings on the network's streaming services such as HBO GO and HBO NOW, along with the several repeat airings of the episode. In fact, both the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere and the second episode, Stormborn, have surpassed 30 million total views each. Still, these ratings records may only stand a few more days, since there are just two episodes left this season, and the final episodes are often the highest rated of each season.
The series also has a history of saving some of its most explosive moments for the second to last episode of each season, so it's certainly possible that both the penultimate and final episodes this season could break new records, possibly eclipsing 11 million viewers. Fans may recall that iconic moments such as the beheading of Ned Stark (Sean Bean) in Season 1, the battle of Blackwater Bay (Season 2), the Red Wedding (Season 3), the Battle of Castle Black between the Night's Watch and the Wildlings (Season 4), the sacrifice of Shireen Baratheon and Sons of the Harpy assassination attempt on Daenerys (Season 5) and the Battle of the Bastards (Season 6) all took place on the second to last episode of each season, which was always the ninth episode.
Now with just a seven-episode season for Season 7, fans could be in for an epic surprise in this upcoming yet untitled episode, especially since the preview for this episode showcased the deadly Night King and his army of the dead. Eastwatch ended with Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju), Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), The Hound (Rory McCan), Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer), Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye) and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) heading out beyond The Wall, battling some of the White Walkers, although another scene showed Jon, Tormund and others running as fast as they can, perhaps fleeing from the Night King.
The site also reports that the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale will be the longest episode in series history, at a whopping 80 minutes long, which could certainly be conducive to yet another ratings record. There have also been rumors that, in the eighth and final season, which is rumored to not even air until 2019, all six of the final season episodes could be feature-length spanning 90 minutes apiece, or more. Hopefully we'll find out more about these final episodes of Game of Thrones soon.