‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season Earns Record-Breaking 32 Emmy Nominations

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has slashed its way to a record-setting 32 Emmy nominations Tuesday for its eighth and final season. The bloodthirsty saga’s total eclipsed the all-time series record of 27 nods earned by “NYPD Blue” in 1994. The showing by “Game of Thrones” led HBO back to dominance over Netflix, the streaming service […]

Jon Snow’s Deepfake Apology Video Is a Parody. But the Problem Is No Laughing Matter

In a video published on YouTube, Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington–in character as Jon Snow–apologized for several mistakes made during the controversial eighth season of the hit HBO show. There’s just one problem: Harington never uttered the words that appear to come from his mouth. The now-viral video is a so-called deepfake, the term […]

‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Draws Record Viewers for HBO

The final episode of “Game of Thrones” drew 19.3 million viewers, a record for HBO and the fantasy drama that became one of TV’s rare collective viewing experiences. The audience for the medieval-themed show has been climbing, overcoming weak reviews this season and complaints by some fans that the saga lost momentum. The penultimate episode […]

‘Game of Thrones’ Hits Series-High Ratings Ahead of Finale

Game of Thrones fans might be grumbling about the show as its sprints towards the last episode, but they’re certainly not tuning out. The penultimate episode of the HBO smash (entitled “The Bells”) boasted the show’s highest-ever ratings, attracting 18.4 million viewers, HBO said in a statement. That’s 600,000 higher than the previous record, set […]

‘Game of Thrones’ Gaffe Gives Starbucks Millions in Free Advertising

Editor’s warning: This story features potential spoilers about the third and fourth episodes of this season’s Game of Thrones. Was it product placement? A subtle endorsement of Howard Schultz’s possible presidential candidacy? Or just a high-profile screw up? Whatever the cause, Starbucks is now a part of Game of Thrones lore, just like Ed Sheeran […]

Online Pirates Bring ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Premiere Viewership to Eye-Popping Levels

More than 17 million people tuned in to HBO to catch the season eight premiere of Game of Thrones. But more than three times that number stole the show. Data from piracy monitoring firm MUSO indicates the show was pirated 54 million times in the first 24 hours. That’s a steep increase from the season […]