HBO’s massive investment and cash injection into Game of Thrones is certainly paying off!
The fictional TV series costs around $6 million per episode and since one whole season features 10 episode, producers have to invest a total amount of $60 million per season. Funds are allocated not only for expensive costumes or special effects but also to pay off an impressive 200 actors who are featured in every new season.Owing to the spectacular plot, medieval setting and stellar acting, Game of Thrones has always pulled in impressive numbers at season premieres.
On Monday, the fifth season premiered in Australia and smashed all previously held records in the country. It was watched by an estimated whopping figure of 550,000 viewers. Those who couldn’t wait to find out what goes down in the seven kingdoms, downloaded the episode illegally. Around 150,000 people downloaded the show from the internet.
Australia celebrated the launch of the fifth season with zeal and enthusiasm. The season premiere was screened at the Sydney Opera House live for a packed audience, which included former Star Trek star George Takei and local celebrities like Bambi Northwood-Blyth, David ‘Kochie’ Koch, David Campbell and Marta Dusseldorp.
Game of Thrones is the TV adaptation of the famous book series by author Geroge. R.R Martin. The plot focuses on greed, lust for power and politicking powerful families. Numerous powerful contenders fight for the right to rule the Seven Kingdoms. The Seven Kingdoms stretch from the warm lands of Dorne and Kings Landing to the freezing North. Wildlings, ‘The White Walkers’, dragons, knights, lords, monarchs and beasts are included in the show. Every season, several integral characters from the show series are killed, which generates interest and intrigue among viewers.
Game of Thrones has always been a fan favorite ever since it debuted in 2011. There were initial hiccups when four episodes of the latest season were leaked online just days prior to the premiere. However, ratings for season 5 have been impressive so far in Australia and in all 170 countries, where the show has been watched.