Game of Thrones fans who had patiently waited two years to see their favourite characters back on screen were last night (14 April) left waiting a little longer.
Both HBO’s live streaming platform, along with Hulu, crashed in the United States.
The website Down Detector, who monitor outages, reported that HBO GO was having issues at 8:35pm ET (1:35am BST) – just 25 minutes before the season eight premiere was scheduled to begin.
The disturbance seemed to have continued during the episode as fans cursed the New and Old Gods as they struggled to access the episode.
— Mothering the Storm w/ Lacy Estelle (@LacyEstelle)15 April 2019
— Alice Panikian (@alicepanikian)15 April 2019
You had 2 fu...ing years to prepare for this massive streaming and #hbogodown at GOT season 8 premiere!! 🤬🖕🏼— Carola Tamayo (@CarolaTmy)15 April 2019
— Adam Segíň (@Seg0_14)15 April 2019
— Jennifer Norberg (@Jbaybay)15 April 2019
— LA B€R€ L0P€Z (@labere_lopez)15 April 2019
Entertainment Weekly reports that HBO were expecting 16.5 million people to be tuning into Game of Thrones’s long-awaited return.
The reunion-heavy first episode featured a hilarious reference to last season’s controversial Ed Sheeran cameo as well as a terrifying death at the hands of the Night King.
The show will be available on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK.