It's been ten months since season three of Game of Thrones concluded, and boy, have we been jonesing for a hit. HBO usually deals us the show in two ways (and one of those ways sadly isn't iTunes): Either through your television, or streamed through HBO Go. But last night, fans with HBO Go who were suffering from Game of Thrones withdrawl found that they'd have to wait a little longer for their fix.
Instead of a dose of gratuitous nudity and plots for revenge, HBO Go'ers received the message, "We're sorry. Some videos may not be available at this time. We are working on this issue and hope to have it resolved shortly. : 1010."
That's right. Game of Thrones broke HBO Go's servers.
It took over an hour for the problems to be resolved, and eventually everyone could log in and see the (SPOILER) ice-hearted Tywin Lannister melt down Ned Stark's sword.
It is unknown how many people tried to access Game of Thrones on HBO. However, it is known that many people share their HBO Go password with friends who don't subscribe to HBO themselves. If only HBO offered alternate ways to provide viewers with Game of Thrones—you know, like iTunes—their servers wouldn't go down like a lead balloon.
According to Hollywood Reporter, this is not the first time HBO Go has had problems delivering content to its audience. The finale of True Detective also crashed due to "overwhelming interest."
But if this is what happens in the first episode in the season, what's going to happen as the season becomes progressively more…interesting?