"Game of Thrones": 54 Million People Watched "Game of Thrones" Illegally?

54 Million People Watched "Game of Thrones" Illegally?

The return of"Game of Thrones"was arguably the most anticipated TV event since . . . I don't know, the Clay vs. Ruben finale of"American Idol"? But apparently, not everyone who wanted to see it has an HBO subscription.

Because the first episode of Season Eight was PIRATED . . . a LOT.

An online piracy data firm called Muso says that Sunday's season premiere was downloaded or watched illegally more than 54 MILLION times in the 24 hours after it aired. 

For context, Nielsen's tracking says the total number of LEGAL viewers on Sunday night was around 17.4 million.

That includes the viewers who watched it LIVE, or one of the two reruns that followed . . . as well as those who streamed it over HBO's on demand services. However, Nielsen's data doesn't account for repeat viewings.

But Americans weren't the biggest offenders. India had the most"Game of Thrones"piracy, accounting for almost 9.5 million of the 54 million. China is #2, with roughly 5.2 million. The U.S.A. is in third, with almost 4 million illegal looks at the premiere. (The Verge)

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TGI Fridays Adds A “Game Of Thrones"-Themed Margarita

Fans of “Game of Thrones” who don’t want to miss out on any of the new food and drinks based on the beloved series better head to TGI Fridays. The restaurant chain is getting in on the fun with their new DroGo Big ’Rita.

It’s basically a giant strawberry margarita that’s so large, it won’t fit in one glass, so it’s served with the shaker. The DroGo name is presumably a nod to Khal DrogoJason Momoa’s character from the show and that just makes us thirstier for one of these margs.

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"Game of Thrones" Fallout 1: Dragon-Riding Almost Cost Kit Harington a Testicle 

Jon Snow got to ride a dragon on the season premiere of "Game of Thrones" . . . and KIT HARINGTON almost lost a TESTICLE because of it.

Obviously, the dragons are CGI, so in order to film someone riding one, the actor has to sit on a contraption called a "buck", which is like a mechanical bull. And it's not easy.

Kit says, quote, "There was a bit where Jon almost falls off. The dragon swings around really violently, like this, and my right ball got trapped, and I didn't have time to say 'Stop!' And I was being swung around.

"In my head, I thought, 'This is how it ends, on this buck, swinging me around by testicles, literally.' Sorry. Probably too much information."

(This came from a behind-the-scenes video posted by HBO. You can watch it here, but BE WARNED: It's Full of Spoilers. It also contains PROFANITY. The dragon-riding stuff happens at 13:59.)

The season premiere of "Game of Thrones" got series high ratings. Meanwhile, the show aired a few hours early on DirecTV, and some bookies lost thousands of dollars on prop bets.

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"Game of Thrones" Fallout 2: The Fate of Ed Sheeran's Character Has Been Revealed 

If you haven't watched the season premiere of "Game of Thrones" yet, don't worry . . . I'd hardly call this a spoiler.

I know it was, like, 17 years ago, but remember when ED SHEERAN had a cameo last season? Well, on this week's show, there was quick mention of a GINGER named "Eddie" . . . who had his face burned off in battle and now has no eyelids.

Sheeran's response? Quote, "Thanks 'Game of Thrones,' I knew I was a survivor."

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