For many people, the finale of Game of Thrones was a beautiful, touching, perfect wrap up of a series that genuinely took the world by storm. For others, it was a haphazard, rushed, under delivered episode that destroyed more than 70 episodes of brilliance.
Many people were incredibly excited for the final season of the HBO program – so much so that they signed up to streaming services like Foxtel, Sky Atlantic and HBO just so they could get it when it came out and not download it off a dodgy site.
But now that the show is over forever, these services are facing a massive exodus.
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Google searches for ‘Cancel Foxtel’ have absolutely skyrocketed since the finale aired. People across Australia were flocking to the search engine to see how they could cancel their monthly subscription.
Foxtel has issued a note to current subscribers in a bid to keep them hooked on their programming.
“There is life after Game of Thrones and we want you to have the best experience to keep watching you most loved shows and more,” the email to customers of its Foxtel Now streaming service said.
But there’s no denying that Foxtel got some serious advertising out of having exclusive access to the show in Australia.
A whopping 962,000 people watched the season eight finale on Foxtel – beating the previous record, which was the first episode of season seven in 2017.
It was similar scenes at HBO headquarters, with the streaming service clocking an incredible 19.3 million viewers for the finale episode. That’s a record not only for Game of Thrones, but for HBO’s entire history, proving just how influential the world of Westeros has been.
HBO’s previous record for a single airing was held by the fourth-season premiere of The Sopranos, which drew 13.43 million viewers when it went out in 2002.
The previous record for Game of Thrones, meanwhile, came from series eight’s penultimate episode, which aired on 12 May. That instalment had 12.48 million viewers for its debut airing and a first-night total of 18.4 million.
But even though the show is over, it hasn’t stopped people complaining about the plot over the final six episodes.
Hundreds of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for a redo of season eight – something that Sophie Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, has called disrespectful.
“All of these petitions and things like that – I think it’s disrespectful to the crew, and the writers, and the filmmakers who have worked tirelessly over 10 years, and for 11 months shooting the last season,” she said.
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