By Alexandra Whittaker
Updated Aug 29, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
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Winter may be here in the Game of Thrones world, but in real life, the TV show couldn't be hotter.

Millions bypassed the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night to tune into the dragon-filled madness that was the Season 7 finale, and it showed in the ratings. The episode hit an astounding record high of 16.5 million viewers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Game of Thrones Finale
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The finale was one of the most intense episodes to date, and judging by everything we know about Season 8 so far, we're in for one heck of a final season next year.

Season 7's final episode marked a 36 percent gain over last year's season finale, which brought in 8.9 million viewers, but anyone who has been tuning in to see who dies next shouldn't be surprised.

VIDEO: Game of Thrones Season 7 Finale Preview

Throughout the entire seventh season, Game of Thrones has been shattering record after record. The premiere attracted 16 million viewers, and at this point, an estimated 90 percent of HBO's subscribers in the United States watch Game of Thrones.

It's doing so well that it has become HBO's most-watched series ever (yes, even over The Sopranos). Not bad at all if you ask us.

With growth this insane, we can't wait to see how the final season of the series does, even if it means we have to say goodbye to our favorites for good.