Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones.
The second part was the revelation that all of us Game of Thrones fans have been waiting for since it was first revealed to us that Jon was in fact not a bastard at all, but a Targaryen. According to a report, around 17.4 million people watched Game of Thrones legally, which is less than three times compared to the illegal views, making it the most pirated TV show of the year.
The numbers came courtesy of analytics firm MUSO, via The Verge. Chinese were at #2 witn 5% share, followed by the United States with 4 million pirated views. As for torrents, public torrents make up 10.8% of the number, while the remaining 0.5% are of private torrents. However, these numbers seem quite small compared to 55 million pirated views for the first 24 hours.
Some 11.8 million people tuned in to the 9 p.m. premiere on linear television, falling just short of the 12.1 viewers brought in by the previous season's final episode. Viewership on its standalone streaming platform, HBO Now, grew by 50% from the season seven finale, and by 97% from the season seven premiere.
Both of these records have been demolished by the Season 8 premiere.
The return of Game of Thrones wasn't exactly bloodshed and battles, but season eight, episode one was a good sign of what's to come.
Click through the gallery above for a sneak peek at the highly anticipated next installment to Game of Thrones' final season.