The fourth episode of season seven of HBO‘s Game of Thrones has reportedly broken the channel’s own record last Sunday when it aired globally. What is more welcoming is the fact that the episode clocked such a number despite it being leaked on the internet a couple of days before the scheduled telecast. Also Read - Friends: The Reunion on Zee5: Release date, How to stream online and moreAlso Read - Stream HBO Max on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV from May 27
According to the channel, 10.2 million viewers watched “The Spoils of War episode on Sunday night surpassing the episode 3 “Dragonstone” from the same season 7 at 10.1 million. These numbers do not include the views counter from the HBO app or online platform. In the last season of Game of Thrones, “The Battle of Bastards” episode gained immense popularity. For the uninitiated, the fourth episode from the seventh season leaked due to a security lapse on the part of HBO’s partner Star India. Also Read - Westworld Season 4 confirmed: HBO renews popular sci-fi show for fourth run
HBO was also subject to a security breach earlier this week and hackers reportedly obtained 1.5 terabytes of stolen data from HBO’s US servers. According to a report by TheVerge, the leak and the hack are not in relation. Post the hack, the hackers have demanded ransom in form of Bitcoin, threatening to release more data if their demands are not met. HBO has introduced a high-quality watermark with “The Spoils of War” episode to prevent it from piracy. ALSO READ: Planning to watch a pirated version of Game of Thrones? HBO is coming
Without delivering spoilers, the last aired episode certainly take the ‘Game of Thrones’ to an exciting series of turns and twists to unfold in coming episodes. The seventh season is left with three more episode before it concludes this year and at this point, HBO is certainly winning against the hackers with such mammoth viewership numbers. As they say, winter is coming and it appears the forthcoming episodes might take the viewership bar even higher. The fourth episode of season seven of the show aired in India on Monday morning, becoming available for streaming on the Hotstar app shortly after it is telecast in the United States.