Last year, Game of Thrones was one of the most pirated shows on peer to peer file sharing networks. As new regulations for warning consumers who torrent copyrighted material are put into place by cable companies, a director for Thrones says that maybe the whole file sharing things isn’t that big a deal.
Speaking at a writers’ festival at the University of Western Australia, David Petrarca — who directed the season-two Thrones episodes “The Ghost of Harrenhal” and “Garden of Bones” — said all those illegal downloads don’t matter much, so long as “cultural buzz” keeps propelling the show’s popularity.
“That’s how they [shows] survive,” Petrarca said.
Some episodes of Thrones have been downloaded more than four million times. However, last week the box set for season two set on both DVD and Blu-Ray set records, according to EW. And last year saw a huge spike in ratings and many expect this year to deliver even higher ratings.
So, is Petrarca right? Let us know what you think.