HBO’s Game of Thrones is still the number one pirated TV series of all time, even until this year. The show first aired in 2011 and became one of the most popular television dramas across the globe.
Game of Thrones is based on George R.R. Martin’s fantasy books, and the upcoming prequel series, House of the Dragon, is based on his novel Fire & Blood. Arriving this August 21, it will tell the origin story of the House Targaryen and their fall from grace that would eventually lead to the civil war called Dance of the Dragon.
The original series ran for eight seasons and concluded its tale in 2019. Because of its status as a cultural phenomenon, the show had an average of 44.2 million viewers per episode, setting a record that is difficult to break. Although the series had loyal fans viewing legally by paying, it is still one of the most pirated shows in the world. Season 8 alone was pirated 54 million times in just 24 hours!
Game Of Thrones Still Holds The Torch
In a report from USwitch, the popularity of Game of Thrones currently holds the number one spot in the most searched series on the internet, with around 8,560 times per month for illegal streams.
With the upcoming release of House of the Dragon, the numbers are expected to increase as fans might want to revisit the original series for a refresher or just to get ready for the next chapter.
The final season of Game of Thrones met a lot of criticisms and was considered the most disappointing of all. Despite so, fans are hoping the prequel will redeem the franchise and remain faithful to the source material.
In spite of all the negative remarks, Game of Thrones remains a household name in the world of fantasy television series. With this, House of the Dragon is expected to gain its own fanbase as great as the original show.