One billion tuned in as the highly anticipated Game of Thrones kicked off its eighth and final season on HBO Sunday night with the season premiere, the first of a six-episode final season.
The excitement about the premiere reached fever pitch online and at viewing parties set up in LA, New York and Utah as fans watched the long-awaited episode.
Fans around the world set up viewing parties with some die-hard followers at Professor Thom's bar in New York City dressed as characters from the show based on the fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin.
In the Los Angeles area, Brennan's Irish pub in Marina Del Rey and Busby's East in the Mid-Wilshire area were hosting viewing parties for fans.
The final season will span six episodes, the first two of which will run roughly the normal episode length at 54 minutes and 58 minutes.
The third episode will be the longest in series history, spanning 82 minutes, with the fourth episode spanning 78 minutes and the fifth and sixth spanning 80 minutes apiece.
HBO has still not revealed any of the titles of the final six episodes of Game of Thrones.