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Despite all of the controversy over how Game of Thrones ended, the franchise appears to be more popular than ever.

Per a new article from The Hollywood Reporter, House of the Dragon drew so many viewers when it premiered yesterday that it crashed the HBO Max app for some who tried to tune in, preventing them from being able to watch the show. The crash “impacted at least 3,000 viewers,” according to data derived from DownDetector.com, a website that shows when popular services are down or having problems.

An HBO spokesperson has suggested that the problem only affected a small amount of users, and only those on Amazon’s devices.

House of the Dragon is being successfully viewed by millions of HBO Max subscribers this evening. We’re aware of a small portion of users attempting to connect via Fire TV devices that are having issues and are in the process of resolving for those impacted users.

Here’s WarnerMedia’s description and cast list for House of the Dragon:

Logline: Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the series, set 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” tells the story of House Targaryen.

Starring: Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans.

Additional Cast: Milly Alcock, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Emily Carey, Harry Collett, Ryan Corr, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Wil Johnson, John Macmillan, Graham McTavish, Ewan Mitchell, Theo Nate, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson, Phia Saban, Gavin Spokes, Savannah Steyn.

House of the Dragon comprises 10 episodes. New episodes will be available every Sunday, with the finale slated for October 23, 2022, according to a list shared on the Game of Thrones Wiki.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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5 comments

  1. I can safely say I have zero interest in watching this. I see nothing that would interest me here. It has nothing to do with the atrocious last season of GOT. That shouldn't affect this show's quality. Except this seems to be the Gen Z version of GOT, I percieve it as cheap, and amateurish. There was better CGI in season 1 of GOT. What is going on in hollywood, really? 10 times more spent on shows and they all coming out looking worse than what we had 10 years ago!
  2. HBO Max when I watched the new Dune had all kinds of delivery issues. So I'm not surprised a more main stream show that HBO is known for caused the service to go down. They simply can not afford to build to the peak demand the launch of these shows incurs. What they need to do is give people the ability to download the shows on launch day THEN watch them, or do like Netflix and work with ISP's to have local data repositories of their shows that are refreshed. That's why Netflix never has an issue with peak demand.
  3. Wife dragged me to watch this.

    It ... was almost exactly what I expected. The plot doesn't make any sense yet, with only one episode it's really just introducing the main cast -- which while some house names are familiar, you don't really know any of the personalities as of yet.

    And the CGI was lackluster.

    But maybe. Too soon to tell.

    They did hack a dude's dude off, and you see the entire gory detail, so if you're into that stuff - you'll be happy.
  4. Wife dragged me to watch this.

    It ... was almost exactly what I expected. The plot doesn't make any sense yet, with only one episode it's really just introducing the main cast -- which while some house names are familiar, you don't really know any of the personalities as of yet.

    And the CGI was lackluster.

    But maybe. Too soon to tell.

    They did hack a dude's dude off, and you see the entire gory detail, so if you're into that stuff - you'll be happy.
    Thanks for the lowdown. We'll probably skip this but maybe I'll check it out later on. We lost interest around the 3rd or 4th season after it began to feel like the show was only aiming for shock value and at first, I liked the edginess of it but got bored with how it started to feel predictable in that regard. I'm kind of feeling the same way with The Boys and it's possible that I'll drop it come next season.

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