Earlier this year, rumors started by reliable U.K. newspaper The Daily Mail claimed that Game of Thrones had finally been usurped from its Iron Throne of the Kingdom of Torrents by The Grand Tour, the Amazon exclusive show from former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May and producer Andy Wilman after they left in solidarity with Clarkson in 2015. The reports of Game of Thrones demise, however, appear to have been greatly exaggerated.
According to Torrent Freak, Game of Thrones was the most pirated show of 2016, the fifth consecutive year the show has held that title. Walking Dead took second place, followed by Westworld, The Flash, Arrow, Big Bang Theory, Vikings, Lucifer, Suits, and The Grand Tour.
Torrent Freak, as accurate an authority on illegal downloads as anyone is likely to be, also reported some other trends, including a move to HD video downloads, and stagnant growth for Bit Torrent as users move to streaming sites for their online piracy needs.
Game of Thrones' seventh season is set to launch in 2017, most likely in April.