Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Fans across the world have seen the finale of HBO’s epic hit ‘Game of Thrones’, save for fans in China who on Monday were unable to watch the last episode of the show due to the ongoing US-China trade war.
On Monday, viewers in China were shocked upon hearing the announcement from Tencent that there will be delay in the release of the finale in the country “due to a media transmission problem.” Tencent is the video platform that own streaming rights to the HBO series in China.
Tencent did not give further explanation regarding the delay nor did they post the new airdate for the season finale. HBO, however, said in a statement to CNN that there has been “no issues with content delivery” to their global partners.
Although some viewers in the US encountered technical difficulties with HBO Now as well as HBO subscriptions brought through Amazon, these issues were resolved quickly before the show’s opening credits began to roll, Fortune reported.
There are speculations that themes of the show’s final episode may have been a factor, among others, for the delay in the release in China.
In the final episode, titled ‘The Iron Throne’, the characters made a strong case for democracy where in one scene the lords and ladies of the great house of the Seven Kingdoms voted for the next king or queen. Samwell Tarly suggested that the ruler of the realm should be chosen by the people and not just appointed by and from a small group of powerful people.
The trade war between China and the United States has escalated in recent weeks after President Donald Trump raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods earlier this month. In response to this, China is also planning to post higher tariffs on $60 billion worth of US products.
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