The ‘Game of Thrones’ team remembers… and breaks another ratings record

15 May 2019 - By WarnerMedia Staff

Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8, Episode 5, “The Bells.”

Fire and blood on Mother’s Day. “Game of Thrones” penultimate episode, “The Bells” was the most-watched episode in series history, with 18.4 million viewers. It smashed the previous series high of 17.8 million viewers for “The Long Night,” which focused on The Battle of Winterfell. The episode gave us the good guys trading places with the bad guys, Drogon obliterating King’s Landing, Cleganebowl, and featured two of the show’s mothers, Cersei and Daenerys, one losing her life and the other losing her mind – transitioning into the Mad Queen.

Now, as we inch closer to the series finale, HBO’ers who directly worked on the series have been sharing some of their favorite memories from these last 10 years and their favorite moment on the show. Here’s a few of them:

“The scene that basically proved what ‘Game of Thrones’ was, or what it would become, to me, was the scene where Ned gets beheaded. That set the stage.”

—Alex Diamond, Director – Program Marketing

“When I raised my hand to work on the pilot episode of ‘a dragon show in Belfast,’ I had no idea the journey that was going to take me on. ‘Game of Thrones’ is something I've thought about every single day. It’s something that's going to define my career and my life for a very long time… Being able to experience ‘The Red Wedding’ in person was—and still is—unforgettable. When Michelle Fairley, who plays Catelyn, gives that scream, no matter where I am or how many times I've seen it, it still raises the hair on my arms.”

—Anthony Mauro, Associate Creative Director

“It was obviously our biggest season for the show, and for any television series anywhere in the world… ever. What has been particularly interesting and a little bit sad across these last few months has been all the goodbyes.” 

—Janet Graham Borba, EVP – Production  

“Although it's the hardest thing I've ever done in 35 years of working at HBO, it's also been the most gratifying. ‘Battle of the Bastards’ was really amazing—just the feat of it. I was on set with a journalist for a lot of that and watching it come to life was incredible!”

—Mara Mikialian, SVP – Media Relations WC

“I cried when I edited ‘The Red Wedding’ photos. It’s some of my favorite photography! And it was very, very challenging—it was shot in candlelight.”

—Vicky Lavergne, Sr. Photo Producer

Be sure to check out HBO’s latest “Inside the Episode” for all the behind-the-scene secrets.

So, who will sit on the Iron Throne? We, like you, can’t wait to see how it all ends in this Sunday’s finale.