The Walking Dead may be basic TV’s highest rated show, but if you judge popularity on which program is pirated the most, the winner is hands down Game of Thrones.
This comes via the web site Torrent Freak which calculates which TV series is illegally downloaded the most.
“Game of Thrones has taken the crown of most downloaded TV-show for the third consecutive year,” the site proclaims. “With more than 8 million downloads via BitTorrent, the 2014 season finale is way ahead of the competition.”
Torrent Freak lists The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory as number two and three respectively, behind Game of Thrones. The Walking Dead just wrapped up it’s shocking mid-season finale while fans await patiently for the season to continue in February.
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Game of Thrones fans meanwhile have to wait even longer to see their favorite heroes and villains return though there are no shortage of spoilers and rumors filling the internet. The International Business Times for example, lists five things fans can expect when Season 5 of Game of Thrones starts this Spring. Among their choices include a new look for fan-favorite Tyrion:
“A HBO promo video showed a shot of Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) from Season 5 sporting a hood and a new beard. Viewers know that the character had to flee King’s Landing after escaping prison and murdering his father (Charles Dance). Where will the fan-favorite character go into hiding?”
Another changing aspect of Season 5 will be the different locations that viewers will get to explore through the eyes of Arya Stark and others.
“With Tyrion leaving Westeros, presumably for the South, and Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) bound for Braavos, Season 5 will feature new cities that have hardly been seen in previous episodes,” the article says. “Dorne, the homeland of Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), will also make its debut in the new season.”
Lastly, IBT speculates whether or not Game of Thrones fans will also be treated to a new book in 2015. As reported by Inquistr, Game of Thrones fans mistook a special “12 Days of Westeros” Twitter campaign launched by author/creator George R.R. Martin’s publisher through his official account. Martin quickly took to his blog to deliver the not-so-jolly message to fans that the new book was not on the way:
“I’ve said before, and I will say again, I don’t play games with news about the books. I know how many people are waiting, how long they have been waiting, how anxious they are. I am still working on WINDS. When it’s done, I will announce it here…When it is done, I will say that’s it is done, on whatever day I happen to finish. I don’t know how I can make it any clearer.”
Game of Thrones Season 5 returns April, 2015 on HBO.