House of the Dragon, the new HBO series set in the same universe as Game of Thrones, had its season premiere on Sunday. And as TikToker Brett Hanfling (@brettybuckets) discovered, at least one building has plenty of fans.
Hanfling, a New York-based podcaster, recorded a video during what he claimed to be the live airing of the new series. His viral clip shows nearly a dozen TVs lighting up in unison.
“All these apartments watching Thrones at the same time,” Hanfling wrote in his caption.
House of the Dragon, set almost 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, stars Matt Smith, Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy and others. The highly anticipated series is based on a fictional history written by George R.R. Martin, who also wrote the books on which Thrones was based.
According to Deadline, the premiere was viewed by 2.6 million households on the day of its release, the most for any TV episode this year. As the outlet notes, that’s more than twice as much as the figures for the fourth season of Stranger Things, which drew 1.2 million views on its first day.
Hanfling’s video shows what it’s like when several fans tune in to a show at once. The experience was common during the original Thrones series, which was famous for its shocking moments and surprising character deaths.
TikTokers were largely excited by Hanfling’s clip. Many also used the opportunity to praise the new show.
“This is so epic,” one user wrote.
“Feels so good to have a weekly show back on and it did NOT disappoint!” another added.
“It makes the world feel right again that this is how we’ll be spending our Sundays,” another wrote.