Fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones can now tell their friends they watch the show because it is a Guinness World Record breaker and not because of all the nudity and violence. The risque epic fantasy series is to be included in the 2016 edition of the Guinness World Records book, thanks to Season 5.
Surprisingly, the Guinness World Record inclusion is not for the largest amount of gratuitous nudity on a television program. Nor is it for having the most amount of story lines. According to Entertainment Weekly, Game of Thrones will get their inclusion in the records book, thanks to the largest simultaneous broadcast of a television drama with their second episode of Season 5. On April 20, 2015, 173 countries and territories around the world got their chance to tune into the episode.
Game of Thrones better be careful though, as AMC recently debuted their newest zombie apocalypse series, Fear The Walking Dead, to more than 125 markets across the world with its premiere episode, according to Foxtel, one of the cable providers of the Walking Dead franchise. If HBO wants Game of Thrones to keep the title, they better keep a close eye on the rival network next year.
For Game of Thrones cast member, Maisie Williams (who plays Arya Stark), it is a personal victory, but one she won’t be sharing with her step-brother just yet, as The National reported when Williams accepted the award on behalf the the show.
“So pleased for Game of Thrones to be a part of Guinness World Records, I’m not going to tell my step brother as he gets the book every year for Christmas. I can’t wait to see the look on his face!”
Maisie Williams is no stranger when it comes to Guinness World Records though. This summer she was ready to skydive for the charity, Mencap, which aims to help people with learning disabilities. However, thanks to — as she describes it — “good old British weather,” the world record attempt had to be postponed until Maisie has another free gap in her schedule. Maisie was attempting to make a jump from a plane at 15,000 feet. At least she could celebrate this world record win along with the cast of Game of Thrones.
The 2016 edition of Guinness World Records will be released on September 10, 2015 and you can pre-order your copy via Amazon by clicking here.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO in 2016.
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