The seventh season of HBO's smash hit Game of Thrones was its most viewed season yet, and once again the show broke all kinds of ratings records — but for the sixth year in a row it also remains the most pirated show on the internet.
According to Torrentfreak, the loot train burning, fast-travel seventh season of the fantasy bloodbath was the most downloaded on BitTorrent, and may have been assisted in this feat by numerous leaks and hacks that came on swifter than Euron Greyjoy's mystery fleet. AMC's zombie romp The Walking Dead comes in at second place.
The list is incredibly genre heavy, with both The Flash and Arrow grabbing spots in the top ten (3rd and 10th, respectively), and their high ranking here is especially interesting in light of their relatively smaller ratings on The CW. The only animated show in the top ten is Rick and Morty, which joins the roster for the first time at number 5. Other genre driven fare like The Big Bang Theory, Sherlock, and Vikings rank here as well, as does Suits...which may or may not have been given a royal boost thanks to the Meghan Markle touch.
The most intriguing thing of all in terms of the top ten is that Netflix is nowhere to be found. With no shortage of highly watched shows (both genre and non-genre alike), its absence seems odd. People may just be really good at stealing Netflix codes, but if that was the case, they could also get better at cracking codes for HBO Now. High ranking pirated shows like The Flash, Arrow, Sherlock, and The Walking Dead are all available on the streaming giant, but new episodes sometimes take a while to appear. Perhaps these genre-crazed internet pirates didn't want to wait to see who Negan murdered.
The much anticipated eighth season of Game of Thrones might not be coming until 2019, but when it does, chances are high that it will claim this honor again. In terms of the mystery of who is suddenly pirating a whole bunch of Prison Break (ranking at number 6), the world may never know.