The finale for HBO‘s Game of Thrones sixth season blew the roof off the series ratings record from the fifth season finale with 800,000 more viewers setting the new record at 8.9 million for the on air broadcast. When HBO tallies the numbers for those that watched the finale on DVR, encore, On-Demand, and those that streamed the finale on HBO GO and HBO NOW estimates put the number at 23.3 million total viewers. That’s enough people to make up the entire population of Taiwan. There’s no doubt the show is popular and with two seasons left, and only 15 episodes between them, fans are excited to see what’s coming. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss had a couple of things to tell fans about the upcoming two seasons.
Weiss discussed one of the big finale reveals, Cersi sitting on the Iron Throne.
That’s what so much of next season is going to be about; finding out what Cersei’s mind-set is. Who is she? While Cersei has certainly done a lot of horrible things in her life and she could be a very cruel person, the one thing that was redemptive about her was, she genuinely loved her children. Now they’re all gone, and I think that is very interesting for us. Who is she without her children? The answer is something you’ll find out next season. That’s so much of what is to come that I’ll just give it away if I start delving into it now.
We all know that Cersi is off the chain now. There is no one holding her back, with the possible exception of her brother and lover Jaime. Who knows if he can bring her back, she seems already too far gone. Many are speculating she will become the Mad Queen and use the rest of the Wild Fire stashed under King’s Landing like the Mad King tried to… until Jaime, becoming the Kingslayer, killed him.
David Benioff broke down how the last two seasons will be split up:
It’s two more seasons we’re talking about. From pretty close to the beginning, we talked about doing this in 70-75 hours, and that’s what we’ll end up with. Call it 73 for now…We’re trying to tell one cohesive story with a beginning, middle and end. As Dan said, we’ve known the end for quite some time and we’re hurtling towards it. Those last images from the show that aired last night showed that. Daenerys is finally coming back to Westeros; Jon Snow is king of the North and Cersei is sitting on the Iron Throne. And we know the Night King is up there, waiting for all of them. The pieces are on the board now. Some of the pieces have been removed from the board and we are heading toward the end game.
There’s a lot of story left to tell and 15 episodes just doesn’t seem to be enough at first glance. One thing is for certain, there won’t be any filler episodes in there. There won’t be time for them, every episode will have to bring the story forward in ways we haven’t seen except in finales so far.
So buckle up, once production on Game of Thrones season 7 begins this July and will premiere next year. There’s sure to be lots to talk about until then.