Sunday’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Set a Piracy Record

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The way torrents work, if you’re unclear and if I’m correct, is that lots of people share pieces of a single (frequently illicit) file as they simultaneously download other pieces of the file, and eventually they’ve got a complete, death-laden Game of Thrones episode ready to be popped into the ol’ VLC Player. On Sunday night, 193,418 eyepatchless pirates did that very thing, sharing a single copy of “The Lion and the Rose,” TorrentFreak reports [via EW], which is a record. (The previous high: 171,572 people sharing the Season 2 finale of Game of Thrones.) An estimated 1.5 million people downloaded the episode within its first day online. “In addition to this record-breaking torrent, there were also several other Game of Thrones torrents out there with tens of thousands of people sharing,” writes TorrentFreak, before going on to bet that the record will be broken again within the coming weeks.

The dust-is-settled accounting on True Detective’s ratings proves it to be HBO’s most-watched first-year series ever, with an average of 11.9 million viewers per episode. Six Feet Under was the last one to hold the record, averaging 11.4 million viewers back in its 2001 debut season.

Easter Billy!

Brilliant Single-Serve Tumblr, Outta Left Field Division: TL;DR Wikipedia. [via]

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Brilliant Single-Serve Tumblr, Better Late Than Never Division: Time Is a Flat Circus. (True D + Family Circus.)

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A CoolDad Photoshopped his sons into classic album covers.

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And here’s another trailer (with bonus French subtitles): the Tommy Lee Jones–directed The Homesman, featuring Hilary Swank, Jesse Plemons, Meryl Streep and daughter Grace Gummer, Hailee Steinfeld, and Tim Blake Nelson. Very Western-y.

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Zach Dionne is a staff writer for Grantland.

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