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30% of Thrones fans still living the pirate life



You wouldn't steal a dragon.

With Game of Thrones Season 7 finally upon us, here in Australia, we're required to a) flock to one of Foxtel's various services or b) download or stream each episode via other means.

The night of Season 7's premiere was dark and full of errors. Foxtel's new streaming service Foxtel Now ultimately failed to handle the influx of Wildlings looking to subscribe to the service on the night of the first episode and reignited the annual Foxtel/Thrones debate.

Foxtel subscribers are offering a blood sacrifice to the Lord of Light in the hopes of a stable stream next Monday. Others will no doubt migrate to the Iron Islands, where piracy and treachery are welcomed with open arms. Or so you would think.

Before the season premiere, finder surveyed 2,005 folks from all over Australia to find out exactly how they planned to watch Game of Thrones. Surprisingly, only 30% of the Thrones fans surveyed openly admitted their allegiance to the Greyjoys, a small faction of pirates dwarfed by the 70% of Australians who claimed loyalty to the Foxtel throne.

30% might not seem like a whole lot, but you have to remember, there are a lot of Australians watching Game of Thrones. It's the minority, but it's a bloody big one at that. If those watching Thrones legitimately are part of House Targaryen's immense army of Unsullied and Dothraki, those seeking other means are House Lannister at this point.

There were also some interesting demographics revealed by the survey data. New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia each had the most confessed pirates, with 34% of fans from each state fessing up to torrenting.

South Australia, where the Dornish red doth flow, is much more innocent, with only 19% of South Australian fans planning to pirate.

Our survey also revealed some less-surprising stats about the ages of our Thrones fans. It appears that youngsters make up the majority of the fanbase, with 46% of gen Y viewers planning on tuning in, while only 18% of baby boomers actually want to watch.

Check out more statistics from our survey in the infographic below.

If you're wondering where to catch Game of Thrones in Australia, we've put together a helpful guide.

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