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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 premiere breaks series record – PHOTOS

HBO’s Game of Thrones on Sunday night broke a series viewership record during its season eight premiere.

The premiere pulled in 17.4 million viewers setting a new series record and breaking the show’s previous viewership record of 16.9 million for the season seven finale in 2017.

The series season seven premiere was watched by 16.1 million viewers.

In Kenya, fans of the show were on Monday night treated to an invite only screening on Monday night courtesy of pay channel DSTV and EABL’s Scotch whisky, White Walker, by Johnnie Walker at Parklands Sports Club.

Members of the String Quartet perform on stage during the Game of Thrones season 8 viewing party held at Parklands Sports Club, Nairobi on April 15, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
Members of the String Quartet perform on stage during the Game of Thrones season 8 viewing party held at Parklands Sports Club, Nairobi on April 15, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

FINAL SEASON

The eighth season’s start, titled “Winterfell,” is the final season of Game of Thrones, a series with an almost cultic following worldwide.

In the series, White Walkers are ‘walking dead-like’ creatures intent on wiping out mankind.

There are numerous Game of Thrones fan clubs worldwide with thousands of followers which regularly organises watch parties every week.

HBO has had problems with spoilers leaking for Game of Thrones in the past, with even entire episodes leaking early.

Game of Thrones fans watch the live screening of season 8 episode 1 at a viewing party held at Parklands Sports Club, Nairobi on April 15, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
Game of Thrones fans watch the live screening of season 8 episode 1 at a viewing party held at Parklands Sports Club, Nairobi on April 15, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

Game of Thrones fans watch the live screening of season 8 episode 1 at a viewing party held at Parklands Sports Club, Nairobi on April 15, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

SIX EPISODES

The eighth and final season of the fantasy drama TV series officially began filming on October 23, 2017 and concluded in July 2018.

Unlike the first six seasons, which each had 10 episodes and the seventh which had seven episodes, the eighth season only has six episodes.

Given the massive popularity and fan base the show has built over the years, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that the first episode has broken records.

From left: Beatrice, Renee, Kerubo and Ndeto during the Game of Thrones season 8 viewing party held at Parklands Sports Club in Nairobi on April 15, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
From left: Beatrice, Renee, Kerubo and Ndeto during the Game of Thrones season 8 viewing party held at Parklands Sports Club in Nairobi on April 15, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU