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More than three weeks ago, the first trailer for the new season of Game of Thrones was released and we haven’t got any official word on when we can expect a new trailer. While only days remain until the eighth season, a new promo has been aired with some never ever seen footage, teasing the first three episodes.

The 30-second-long promo starts off with Tyrion Lannister addressing a bunch of people at Winterfell, saying, “We must fight together now…or die…”. looking closely, you can even spot Daenerys and Sansa sitting on the head table. This is then followed by the kid we saw in the official trailer watching Jon and Daenerys arrive at Winterfell with the Unsullied and Dothraki armies, crossing Winter Town. Then we see three Greyjoy ships sailing – nothing new about it yet it being shown in another promo has to mean something important. My bets are on these being Theon/Yara Greyjoy’s fleet.

Moving forward, we see what seems to be Jon and Daenerys meeting in a dark room with Dany facing the fire with her back turned to Jon followed by him leaving the room immediately. No thoughts on what may be going on here or the tensions between the two yet the way Dany has braided her hair in this shot gives me a feeling that she’s about to leave for another important battle.

We then see a shot of Drogon and Rhaegal flying over Winterfell hovering over Sansa Stark – the old shot we saw in the trailer. This is followed by a bunch of new footages Beric Dondarrion racing towards the Hound with a flaming sword during the Battle of Winterfell. We also see the Unsullied preparing for battle with a voice over of Jon Snow ‘Our enemy doesn’t tire…doesn’t stop…”. 

Then we see Cersei Lannister turning around in a dramatic fashion which is followed by Ser Davos Seaworth, Tyrion, and Varys looking up in the sky awestruck. If this is a dragon – there’s nothing new about that at least to Tyrion and Varys, their jaw-dropping reaction gives me vibes that probably they spot Jon flying on Rhaegal over Winterfell (a wishful thought!)

The promo ends with Arya’s hardcore fighting at Winterfell, a wight/Walker arriving near Winterfell on the undead horse we saw in the previous trailer, and the closing image of Drogon spitting fire on someone/something along with Jon’s dialogue ‘They’re coming…”.

No official word on this short promo of the new season of Game of Thrones yet a fan managed to get a full shot of the promo that you can watch here:

With less than two weeks remaining in the new season of Game of Thrones, the cravings are now more than ever yet another trailer from HBO would really be the icing on the cake. What were your thoughts on this short promo from the new season? Did we miss out anything? Tell us in the comments below.






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Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere was pirated 55 million times in 24 hours!

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere gets pirated 55 million times

Game of Thrones has been the most popular TV series in the world for a long time. This accomplishment also brings it another title. The title of the most pirated TV series in the world. Game of Thrones Season 8 recently premiered after a wait of nearly 600 days, and needless to say, a lot of people watched it. The figures on piracy are now out, and apparently, the episode was pirated over 55 million times in the span of one day! Read on!

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We had recently reported about the official viewership figures that came from HBO, which came up to 17.4 million, including live TV, and HBO’s streaming services. We now have global insight into the viewership figures, thanks to analytics firm MUSO. The piracy numbers highlight a gap in HBO’s availability.

MUSO determined about 55 million instances of piracy in the first 24 hours of the episode airing. 76.6 percent of these came from various illegal streams online. 12.2 percent came from downloads, 10.8 percent came from public torrents and 0.5 percent from private torrents.

Apparently, 10 million of these views came from India, and 5 million came from China. It’s curious to see high numbers from India as this year fans can watch Game Of Thrones online on Hotstar at the same time it airs in the USA and that too by paying $2.9/month which is way cheaper than $14.99/month that’s charged by HBO Now in the USA. Almost 4 million also came from the US itself, which is enough indicator to show that piracy isn’t going anywhere. Not even if there are legal means available, but HBO could begin by making their services available in more countries.

Just to put things in perspective, the most viewed episode on TV was the finale of M.A.S.H. It garnered over 120 million views, back in 1983. These figures could be at least matched by Game of Thrones finale, but the fact that there’s so much piracy means that we will probably never see it officially happen.

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Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere breaks viewership records

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Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 1 Review: “Winterfell”

Game of Thrones is without a doubt the most popular TV series in the world right now, and has been, for a while. The final season of the show premiered recently, with the first episode receiving a positive welcome from the fans. Now, HBO has revealed the viewership numbers of the episode, and it beats all records that have been set by the show. Read on!

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HBO reported a record viewership for the show, at 17.4 million viewers. This surpassed the 16.1 million viewers for the Season 7 premiere, and 16.9 million viewers for the Season 7 finale. These numbers are not unusually high for Game of Thrones, which usually sees every next episode get more viewers than the previous one.

The show returned after almost 600 days, and its return marked “the largest night of streaming activity ever for HBO,” according to HBO itself. The total figure of 17.4 million includes the live TV channel, HBO Go and HBO Now viewership. The live TV viewer count tallied up to 11.8 million, with half the rest of the viewers coming in through HBO Now, reports The Wrap.

To get a perspective, here are the US viewership figures for all the past seasons, including HBO Go and HBO Now viewership up till 30 days after each season finale:

Season 1: 9.3 million
Season 2: 11.6 million
Season 3: 14.4 million
Season 4: 19.1 million
Season 5: 20.2 million
Season 6: 25.7 million
Season 7: 32.8 million

Well, as the anticipation amps up for the final season, viewership figures are only expected to rise. Not to forget that streaming has also become more common in other nations, like India, where fans of the show can watch Game Of Thrones online on Hotstar at the same time it airs in USA. This means more live viewers. The next episode airs on 21st April, and from what we can tell from the preview, the pace picks up.

What do you think? Excited for this season? How are you watching the show, this time around? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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DirecTV accidentally aired Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere 4 hours early

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DirecTV aired Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere 4 hours early

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular, most pirated, and most leaked show on the internet. You might remember, back when Season 7 was airing, there was a record high number of leaks. HBO has taken extreme measures this time around to make sure none of Season 8 leaks out. However, with the Season 8 premiere, there was a bit of a goof up. DirecTV aired the Seaosn 8 premiere nearly 4 hours earlier than the schedule. Read on!

Twitter and other social media went abuzz with reports of the episode being available to stream on DirecTV hours before the scheduled premiere. People received notifications about the episode being available to stream at 5 p.m., a full four hours before the premiere.

The interesting part? DirecTV is an AT&T-owned service, which also owns HBO through the recent acquisition. This means the leak occurred, sort of, from within. An AT&T representative commented:

“Apparently our system was as excited as we are for Game of Thrones tonight and gave a few DirecTV Now customers early access to the episode by mistake. When we became aware of the error, we immediately fixed it and we look forward to tuning in this evening.”

Well, it wasn’t too much of a big deal since it was just a few hours before, and to a few people. Still, looks like DirecTV will have to be extra careful henceforth.

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