News The Game of Thrones Season 7 Finale Is Already Smashing Records By Alexandra Whittaker Alexandra Whittaker Instagram Twitter Website Alexandra Whittaker is a news and pop culture editor based in New York City. She studied at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and at Marquette University, where she freelanced for USA Today, Women's Wear Daily, and ELLE. She currently leads both the news and entertainment teams at Cosmopolitan magazine and previously worked as the news editor of InStyle.com where she spearheaded awards coverage. She enjoys writing and editing news stories, interviewing celebrities, and covering the intricacies of the British royal family. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on August 29, 2017 @ 12:00PM Pin Share Tweet Email 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. Courtesy HBO 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. A New Game of Thrones Series Has Arrived 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.