2.7m Brits watched series eight premiere

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In season 7, the spiral formation is seen carved in the dragonglass caves at Dragonstone.

HBO's previous high-water mark was last season's finale of "Game of Thrones", making it likely that this new HBO record will be eclipsed when the series ends May 19.

Now that GOT is coming to an end, Harrington says it would be hard for him to sign onto another TV show. "They're going to go, and they're going to go fast, and I think that the payoff of our characters not being in great peril this year will be that, next year, it's going to be a bloodbath". No, the full-blown war has not yet come but this season's opener gives us hints of future power struggles and scores that will be settled. I'm not even referring to the scene in the trailer, where Daenerys reminds us who the Kingslayer is in this universe, but at something that we've been waiting for eight seasons to see.

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The extra in question is a guy named Andrew, and he works as a Game of Thrones tour guide in Belfast - I was actually lucky enough to have him guide one of my tours when I went a year ago, and can confirm he is class. The first episode ended with Jaime facing Bran, the Stark boy he threw off the window in the first season to protect his incestuous relationship with Cersei.

When Jon Snow said goodbye to a comatose Bran in Season 1, episode 2, he did so by kissing him on the forehead.

Many fans are jumping to assume that this is a neat way the writers are tying up that Sheeran cameo from Season 7, assuming that "Eddie" is actually a nod to the "Shape of You" singer. The place Jon and Daenerys landed in the North Frozen is similar to Ygritte and Jon were taking bath. She also tasked Bronn (Jerome Flynn) with a task that is giving him reason to pause-kill Jaime and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). Be sure to check out our full breakdown of every callback in the episode! Let us know in the comment section below!

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