When “Game of Thrones” ended, so too did its yearly reign as the most pirated television series. Last year, Disney+’s “The Mandalorian” officially usurped the title, according to TorrentFreak, a blog dedicated to the latest news and trends on the BitTorrent protocol and file sharing.
Previously the third most downloaded show in 2019, it took the number one spot last year with Amazon’s “The Boys” in second and HBO’s “Westworld” in third. Given that each series is from a different network, paying for multiple streaming subscriptions wasn’t in the cards for some fans.
Rounding up the top five are Amazon’s “Vikings” and CBS’ “Star Trek: Picard.”
For the several years that it dominated the top torrented series list, “Game of Thrones” was so popular that it visibly boosted traffic on pirate sites, according to TorrentFreak.
So we’ll have to see if “The Mandalorian” will rise to the same level of cultural phenomenon, while sticking the landing with its series finale.