Winter is trending: #GameOfThrones dominates Twitter

The final season of Game of Thrones airs on Monday at 3am 

JOHANNESBURG - The premiere for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones took over the internet and the early morning of many South Africans on Monday.

People all across the country stayed up late, woke up early or even ventured from their homes to attend countrywide cinema screenings of the first episode of the six-part final series.

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Social media has been dominated with Thrones-themed search terms since the shortest episode aired, mostly with the names of some of the main characters.

Apps got in the fun as Twitter released its customary hashtag themed emoji for the show and Snapchat rolled out a lens with fire and a tiny shoulder dragon for fans.

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The first episode seemed to be generally well received by fans on airing.

But only time will tell whether the enthusiasm for the early morning airings will maintain.