Latest 'Game of Thrones' episode is the most watched in the history of the show

Latest 'Game of Thrones' episode is the most watched in the history of the show

Last week's episode of Game of Thrones simultaneously obliterated the show's only remaining antagonist and created a new one. While it was met with mixed reviews, it has now emerged that it was the most watched episode ever.

In it, we saw Daenerys go full flamethrower and destroy King's Landing - and the many innocents who lived there - even after the city rang its bells in surrender. We got the long-awaited Cleganebowl, and, in possibly one of the greatest disappointments in the series to date, Jamie Lannister went back to his beloved Cersei and died as the Red Keep crumbled to the ground around them.

This is Jamie and Cersei's surprisingly emotional death scene: 

The previous record for the most watched GoT episode was held by episode three of this season, The Long Night. In figures released by HBO, episode five, The Bells, had 17.8 million viewers, whereas The Long Night had 12.5 million.

With these figures in mind, it is likely that the show's audience will grow even more for its final episode, airing this Sunday.

Daenerys and Jon Snow looking at each other. Credit: HBO

This wasn't the only record broken by The Bells, either, the Independent reports.

The episode also had the highest initial broadcast audience ever, attracting 12.5 million viewers across all platforms (liner, HBO GO and HBO NOW) - beating the record previously held by the season seven finale, Dragon and the Wolf, which had slightly less at 12.1 million. The remaining viewers watched it on catchup services like NOW TV.

The title of the final episode, which is likely to be very telling, will be released alongside it on Sunday night.

If you haven't seen its preview you trailer yet, you can watch it below:

One thing's for sure, until then, fans will be carefully analyzing every detail they've been given until now in a bid to predict who will sit on the Iron Throne. Personally, my money's on Gendry. Daenerys legitimized him for a reason.