A 45% boost of online piracy is credited on the fifth season of the viral HBO show Game of Thrones. Between February and April 2015, over seven million episodes from various seasons have been illegally downloaded. Apparently, the fans want a recap to catch up with the latest season. They also beat the piracy records of The Walking Dead (5.7 million), Breaking Bad (3.8 million), and Vikings (3.4 million). Figures from the antipiracy firm Irdeto reported that fans have been making over 100,000 illegal downloads per day.
As the series is creating a worldwide following, Brazil has topped the list of countries for internet piracy, and is responsible for almost one million of the illegal Game of Thrones downloads. France came in second, followed by the US, Canada, and the UK. Fans across the globe guilty of illegally downloading the series defended their actions, stating that lack of access and delay of airtime caused them to turn to piracy as their only alternative to watch the show. To address this concern, HBO declared that the new season will air simultaneously across 170 countries so fans can watch the show legally.