Streaming demand data confirms viewer interest in the epic drama has built with every episode of final season, to air from 11am on Foxtel tomorrow.
The HBO blockbuster is over eight times more in demand than the next most popular TV dramas in Australia — Killing Eve (watched by a peak audience 2.9m viewers) and Riverdale (2.6m).
In fact, Parrot Analytics showed since April 14 to May 15 the race for the Iron Throne was more popular in Australia than the 10 next-most popular dramas combined — pulling a peak international audience of 27.5 million people.
It has proved a ratings bonanza for Foxtel, which has exclusive rights to screen all six seasons of the series.
But the leaking of text messages circulating on the internet which TV insiders are reporting contain plot twists for the finale may have already spoiled the ending for some diehard fans.
Hollywood gossip and industry news site, Deadline.com said the spoilers first emerged last month on a Reddit thread which was later deleted by moderators but not before it had been copied and widely circulated around fan forums.
The fact the post was on the mark with episode five has many convinced it is accurate.
Last week’s sudden and dark turn — when dragon queen, Daeneyrs Targaryen torched King’s Landing, showing no mercy to women and children — has already sparked a petition signed by 800,000 fans for producers to redo the final season.
That aside, interest in the fantasy drama is to be harnessed again by HBO with a prequel, starring Australia’s Naomi Watts, already filming in Belfast, Ireland.
Taking place thousands of years before the events of GoT, it will “chronicle the world’s descent from the golden Age Of Heroes into its darkest hour.”
Game Of Thrones airs tomorrow at 11am and is repeated at 8.30pm on Foxtel’s Fox Showcase.