There wasn't really any doubt that this would happen, but the premiere of season seven of Game of Thrones has gone and smashed a couple of records.

For those in the UK, the first episode of the long awaited series aired on Monday night, unless you set your alarm for very early the previous morning, when it aired on HBO over in America.

Dragonstone was watched by 16.1 million people, according to Forbes, smashing the HBO ratings records.

10.1 viewers reportedly watched on linear television, while the rest finally got their Game of Thrones fix via DVR and through streams.


Last year, season six's premiere garnered 10.7 million viewers, Forbes reports, which seems like a pathetic number compared to this year's turn out. Last year's finale also only got 8.9 million people watching.

That wasn't the only record the show managed to break last night, either. Dragonstone was apparently the most tweeted about episode since the show began, and that includes the one's when Daenerys Targaryen didn't have any clothes on.

2.4 million tweets were posted between 6pm and 2am EDT, according to Twitter.

"While many have predicted that video on demand would kill the shared experience of everyone watching and discussing a TV show at the same time, the huge real-time impact of Game of Thrones indicates that when there's enough anticipation around a TV program, there will still be millions of viewers who want to see a new episode the second it becomes available," says Jonathan Cohen the Principal Brand Analyst at marketing technology company Amobee.

Now, folks, we get to the point where, if you haven't seen the episode yet, I can kindly tell you to sling your hook so you don't send me messages complaining. And if you haven't caught on yet, there's spoilers ahead. Now close the tab. Go on, close it. Don't ruin it for yourself.

Besides Ed Sheeran's slightly clunky cameo, it was good wasn't it? A lot to catch-up on. How about that opening scene, as well?

Ed Sheeran's appearance on Game of Thrones split viewers:

Credit: HBO

But what was probably the most significant part of the episode came in some of the least exciting scenes.

As he began his maester training, Sam made a huge discovery on where Jon Snow could find weaponry to fight the Night's King.

Back in season two, Sam found a sack of dragonglass weapons. So far, along with Valyrian steel, they are the only materials that appear to be effective against the White Walkers, so if Jon is to defeat the ice army beyond the wall he's going need to find more of it.

Online theorists have long suggested that Dragonstone would be the best place to look. Some have even suggesting that dragonglass is just dragon shit.

Although that theory is yet to be confirmed. After he stole the books from the library, Sam discovered that Dragonstone does indeed have a mountain that is made entirely of the material and there presumably can be mined.

He wrote to Jon and if he gets on it quick, the move could save a number of characters lives as the White Walkers look destined to fuck shit up.

Mark McGowan

Mark is a journalist at LADbible, who joined in 2015 after a year as a freelance writer. In the past he blogged for independent football fan channel Redmen TV, after graduating from Staffordshire University with degrees in journalism and English literature. He has worked on campaigns such as UOKM8? and IIOC.

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