Game of Thrones Soars to Series Highs for Fiery Penultimate Episode

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Game of Thrones' final season is proving to be polarizing for fans, but the show is still killing it in the ratings. 

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5, which aired Sunday on HBO reached new highs in the ratings. 

In linear viewing, the telecast drew a record 12.5 million total viewers, easily beating the previous record (12.1 million) for Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 7

Farewell, Home - Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5

With multiplatform viewing factored in, the numbers swelled to 18.4 (!) million viewers. This beats the previous record holder, Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3, which had 17.8 million total viewers. 

Related: Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 Review: The Bells

With one episode remaining, it's likely that the ratings will rise for the series finale, but there's now telling how high the show will go. 

Sunday's episode, titled "The Bells" featured many deaths as the battle at King's Landing came to a wild conclusion. 

Goodbye - Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5

The installment garnered a 48% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, becoming the worst-reviewed episode in the history of the series. 

Looking ahead, Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6 is the series finale. 

It remains to be seen whether the ending will satisfy longtime fans, or if it will recieve a mixed response. 

Related: Game of Thrones Series Finale Promo: Is The War Really Over?!

It makes sense that HBO is looking to expand the franchise with spinoffs given the ratings and interest from viewers for the show. 

Lighting Up the Sky - Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5

What are your thoughts on the ratings?

How do you think they will stack up for the series finale?

Hit the comments below. 

Remember you can watch Game of Thrones online right here via TV Fanatic. 

Game of Thrones concludes Sunday at 9/8c. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Game of Thrones Quotes

Tyrion: Let me give you some advice bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.
Jon: What the hell do you know about being a bastard?
Tyrion: All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes.

Queen Margaery: I know you did this.
Cersei: We are making every effort on your behalf, I swear to you by all the seven Gods.
Queen Margaery: Lies come easily to you, everyone knows that. But innocence, decency, concern; you're not very good at those I'm afraid.