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'Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards' crashes HBO Now

Robbed of real-time access to last night's episode featuring a showdown between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton, some subscribers declare war via Twitter.


The fury of dragon fire and the vengeance of dueling illegitimate noblemen are nothing next to the ire of "Game of Thrones" fans denied their weekly fix.

Last night's episode, titled "Battle of the Bastards" and billed as a fusillade of fisticuffs betwixt one of the show's most loved characters (Jon Snow) and one of the most hated (Ramsay Bolton), was supposedly awesome.

I wouldn't know, however, because I subscribe to HBO Now. (Via the app, users can stream the cable network's programs for a monthly fee.) After repeated failed attempts by my wife and me to access HBO's hit show last night, we gave up and decided to watch it later.

Turns out we weren't alone. As chronicled by TV Predictions, irate users took to Twitter immediately, complaining of the outage.

HBO acknowledged the issue and reported it fixed at 10:12 p.m. ET, via Twitter, but replies to that tweet were still packed with users complaining of failed streams. Meanwhile the website DownDetector.com, which tracks service outages, showed a spike of more than 15,000 complaints involving HBO at one point last night.

HBO did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The season 6 finale of "Game of Thrones" will air Sunday at 9 p.m.