As the show has grown, so has the production budget per episode. During season two, each episode cost an average of six million U.S. dollars to produce, but this figure jumped to 10 million U.S. dollars by season six. The series is also known for its large, ensemble cast, although several characters have moved to the forefront of the action in later seasons. Despite his apparent death at the end of season five, Jon Snow occupied the screen for the longest time during season six. He could be seen for a total of almost 85 minutes, while his sister, Sansa, was on screen for almost 61 minutes.
George R. R. Martin is well-known as being unafraid to kill off main characters, and this violence in the books translates to violence on screen. Whilst a mere 59 characters were killed in the first season, this number rocketed to 540 in season six, which culminated in the epic ‘Battle of Bastards’. The location which characters would be wise to avoid is King’s Landing, which is where 322 characters so far have met their deaths, the majority of whom at the hands of Cersei Lannister at the end of season six.
Game of Thrones has a huge fan base and it is therefore unsurprising that the series is much discussed on social media. The opening episode of season seven was mentioned almost 98 thousand times on social media, with many users commenting on the surprising cameo by Ed Sheeran. The widespread appeal of the show can be seen by the fact that the social media mentions during the season seven premiere were quite equally spread across both genders.