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Game of Thrones series finale was blocked in China reportedly because of the US-China trade war

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HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

On Sunday night, Tencent Video, the Chinese live-streaming platform which has exclusive rights to air HBO content in China, announced an hour prior to the scheduled broadcast that Game of Thrones finale would be delayed. Later the finale that was much awaited was cancelled completely.

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

An official message published on Monday by one of Tencent Video’s official accounts on Weibo, a Chinese social media site, announced that the airing would be postponed.

The notice read, “Dear users, we regret to inform you that the sixth episode of the eighth season of Game of Thrones will not go online at the intended time due to media transfer issues. We will keep you informed of the broadcast time.”

However, HBO dismissed this notice. An HBO representative told The Wall Street Journal that HBO had no problems with streaming it, but the cancellation happened due to ongoing trade war between China and US.

Both the countries have been engaged in a fierce trade war since a year. However, in the past two weeks both countries have imposed heavy tariffs on each other’s products. More than $200 billion Chinese goods sent to the US, and $110 billion of US products are now heavily taxed. The Chinese telecom giant Huawei was also declared a threat to national security and was banned by the Trump administration last week. The ban was revoked later, however the tensions continue to remain between the two nations.

A lot of Game of Thrones’ fans expressed their anger and disappointment about the cancellation and demanded a refund from Tencent Video, while the finale of the show aired everywhere else in the world.






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Game of Thrones finale breaks all viewership ratings records for Sky

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Game of Thrones finale breaks all viewership ratings records for Sky

Game of Thrones was a ‘record’ hit, there’s no doubt. We had previously reported about the American ratings for the Game of Thrones finale, but a new report about the UK ratings shows that the episode actually shattered all records for Sky, the British network that aired the show. Read on!

The finale apparently got over 5.8 million viewers on Sky Atlantic in the UK, which is a 12% jump from Season 7 finale, reports Variety. This figure broke all records for Sky, as Game of Thrones brought in an average of 6 million viewers, making it the most popular show to air on Sky.

Peak viewership came with “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”, arguably the best episode of the season, which hit 6.31 million viewers. The number goes up to 7.1 million if you count the views that came from streaming, within seven days of airing.

The breakdown for the viewership was also revealed by Sky, amounting to 51% share for men, and 49% for women. Zai Bennett, Sky’s director of programs commented:

“Showcasing British talent both on and off-screen, the series has kept viewers gripped with the myriad twists and turns of the battle for the Seven Kingdoms. We want to say a massive thank you to all the fans who have supported the show throughout this incredible journey.”

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Game of Thrones will return to San Diego Comic Con this year, one last time

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Game of Thrones will return to San Diego Comic Con this year, one last time

Any popular fandom has one event to look forward to the most, every year, and that is the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC). Game of Thrones has been a regular attendee, with panels with the showrunners and everything. Now that the show is over, nobody was expecting Game of Thrones to be present at SDCC 2019. However, reports are now saying that the show will return to San Diego Comic Con for one last time this year. Read on!

HBO is always a big player at SDCC, and this year will mark the last time it takes its star child, Game of Thrones, to Hall H for one last appearance, according to Deadline. Apparently, the details are yet to be nailed down as to who will actually make an appearance.

HBO skipped the 2018 SDCC, so this should help make up for that missing appearance. In any case, George R. R. Martin is expected to appear. It is very likely that many of the Season 8 cast members will be present for the panel.

Season 8 has mostly been hated by the fandom, however, and this will be the first time the cast and showrunners will be facing the fans together since the end of the show, so it’s needless to say that they might get a couple of bad questions.

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The ‘Communists of Russia Party’ wants HBO to remake Game of Thrones Season 8

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The 'Communists of Russia Party' wants HBO to remake Game of Thrones Season 8

Game of Thrones Season 8 has left many fans world over disappointed, but none more so than a political party from Russia, it seems. The Moscow Times recently reported that a party called the Communists of Russia has penned an open letter to HBO demanding that the final season of Game of Thrones be remade, with different directors and screenwriters no less!

Sergei Matasov, first secretary of the party’s regional committee in the Russia’s Republic of Altai posted the letter on Facebook. He wrote:

“There are many sincere fans of this wonderful series in our party because it demonstrates the consequences that monarchist regimes can bring.”

The fans in his party were left hugely dissatisfied with the “ill-conceived storyline,” “poor acting” and a “lack of logical conclusions” in the final six episodes.

This sentiment does correlate with the global Game of Thrones fan community, some of whom even started a petition to HBO demanding the same thing – a remake of Game of Thrones Season 8. But Matasov has even graver accusations to throw at HBO. He accused the makers of:

“Disappointing millions of fans and presumably misappropriating the funds allocated to the show, which came from the taxes of ordinary American workers and downtrodden negroes.”

For these offences he demanded “an immediate apology from the creators of the finale of ‘Game of Thrones’ and a compulsory reshoot of the final season with new directors and screenwriters”, and also suggested that this time around the U.S. Communist Party should be involved in the making.

HBO doesn’t seem likely to budge any more than they did during the fan petition, though. Tough luck, dear comrades!






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