Connor Watson, Staff Writer

The final season of the hit television series “Game of Thrones” premiered Sunday, April 14. Please note this article does contain spoilers.

The much anticipated eighth season will be the final season in the critically acclaimed show’s eight-year run. The last season is comprised of six episodes with an average run time over an hourlong.

The first episode of season eight broke ratings records the night of its premiere, garnering 17.4 million viewers.

“[It was] the biggest telecast in HBO’s history,” James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly wrote online. “The number surpasses the show’s previous overnight record of 16.9 million viewers for the season 7 finale.”

The episode also managed to take the internet by storm.

Hibberd writes, “The show blew up on Twitter, racking up 5 million tweets, a record for the show.” The most talked about moment was Sam telling Jon Snow about his true heritage. A moment fans had been waiting almost two years for.

The episode was chock ‘full of reunions—the most anticipated reunion being Jon Snow and Arya, and the cliffhanger-of-a-reunion between Jaime Lannister and Bran. While the episode was not full of action sequences, it set the table for the upcoming Battle of Winterfell.

The Battle of Winterfell is slated to be the longest battle sequence ever filmed, besting the Battle of Helm’s Deep from “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” which is clocked in around 40 minutes and considered to be the longest consecutive battle sequence ever shot. The Battle of Winterfell is rumored to air in episode three (given the sneak peek of episode 2 released after the first episode). After the battle, there will only be three episodes left in the entire “Game of Thrones” series.

Of the ending, Iain Glen, the actor who plays Ser Jorah Mormont, told The Indian Express, “I am one of the few people who has read the script and I know the ending and what happens … When I read it, I thought it was rather brilliant. I am a bit of a fan of the series as well, and it satiated my expectation and hopes… But we will just have to see. You know with something like ‘Game of Thrones,’ you cannot please everyone.”

No matter the outcome, “Game of Thrones” will go down as one of the greatest television dramas ever created. It has earned 47 Primetime Emmy Awards, the most by a drama series— including Outstanding Drama Series in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Of the cast, Peter Dinklage has won three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, while fellow actors Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Diana Rigg and Max von Sydow have all received Primetime Emmy Award Nominations for their respective roles.

“I think a TV series that’s spanned eight, nine years is an incredibly difficult thing to end,” Kit Harington told MTV News. As much as fans don’t want the series to end, it is best to remember: Now that Winter is Here, so is the end.