Despite being one of my favorite all time TV series, which in itself is enough reward..., over the past 5 years HBO's Game of Thrones has swiftly earned its well deserved reputation as one of the greatest things to ever happen to TV.
And with this astonishing praise comes awards, and lots of them too. Not only has GoT managed to pick up numerous awards during its short tenure, this year's Emmys saw the hit series hit a record-breaking high with a mind-boggling haul of 12 awards from 24 nominations!
Which makes it the TV series with the most Emmy wins in a single year.
But while we're on the topic of GoT being the breaker of records as well as chains, its triumph at the Emmy Awards wasn't the first time it had torn apart achievements like a hog on a spit.
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Pirates Gonna Pirate
"Kill The Boy," the fifth episode of this year's fifth season, managed to set a, not so auspicious, record when it became the most pirated show in TV history, beating the record set back in its fourth season.
"Kill The Boy" managed to rack up 2.2 million downloads in an outrageous 12 hours, whereas the Season 4 premiere managed to rack up a now paltry 1.86 million.
The ludicrously high number comes off the back of the leak of the fifth season's first four episodes, seeing as "Kill The Boy" was the first episode to debut outside of the bulk. And, in not particularly surprising news, the UK was the perpetrator of the most amount of illegal downloads! Islanders, huh?
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In an attempt to counteract the aforementioned rampant piracy that has plagued the series, HBO simultaneously broadcast GoT in 173 countries!
This bold move has seen the series been honored by the Guinness World Records as the largest TV drama simulcast ever. A record previously held by CSI which was simulcasted in 171 countries.
How's that for wide reaching appeal?
Many Little Birds
Despite being thrown into the pit alongside such esteemed competition as the NBA Finals, GoT managed to trounce its own viewings record with an incredible 8.11 million people tuning in for S5's finale! A massive increase on the 3 million S1's finale drew in.
The show, which was once designated a "niche" program, is now the second most popular show on cable, just behind AMC's The Walking Dead.
Strong as a Mountain
Okay so this one isn't directly linked to Thrones, but it is still pretty damn impressive nonetheless. Strongman Hafthór Björnsson, who plays Ser Sandor "The Mountain" Clegane, managed to break an 1,000-year-old weight lifting record by carrying a 1,320lbs wooden log over five steps.
This eye-watering feat was last attempted by the heroic Icelander Orm Stórólfsson, who managed to walk a still impressive 3 steps, until his back gave way. Ridiculous!
Here's what the Mountain had to say about his walk of fame:
The legend of the Icelander Orm Storulfsson says that he walked three steps with this MONSTER WOODEN LOG which weighs over 600kg's/1320lbs! It took 50 mere mortals to help him placing it on his back!
After he took his third step his back broke under the enormous pressure and he was never the same after that! Well today my friends I made history!! As well as winning the title of The World's Strongest Viking for the second time in a row I carried this MONSTER LOG 5 steps!
My back held up fine!! As I'm on my way to my ultimate goal to win The World's Strongest Man! NOTHING CAN STOP ME!! NOTHING CAN BREAK ME!!
Check out the feat here:
Here's to more records being broken when Game of Thrones returnes for its sixth season next year!
(Sources: Gawker, Variety, AV Club, Forbes)