When Game of Thrones ended, so too did its yearly reign as the most pirated television series. This year, Disney+'s The Mandalorian has officially usurped the title, according to TorrentFreak.
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Previously the third most downloaded show in 2019, it took the No. 1 spot this year with Amazon's The Boys in second and HBO's Westworld in third. Given that each series is from a different network, paying for multiple streaming subscriptions wasn't in the cards for some fans.
Following the top three were Amazon's Vikings, CBS' Star Trek: Picard, Adult Swim's Rick and Morty, AMC's The Walking Dead, HBO's The Outsider, CW's Arrow, and CW's The Flash. While the TorrentFreak survey only accounts for BitTorrent traffic, the list does reflect some of the biggest titles of the year.
The Mandalorian recently concluded its second season with a finale teasing spin-off series The Book of Boba Fett for December 2021, which is also when the former is supposed to return on Disney+. The news comes after an Ahsoka Tano spin-off series was already announced.
Mandalorian showrunner Jon Favreau previously told EW that the series took inspiration from Game of Throws in the way its core characters are introduced together before setting off into their own distinct storylines.
For the several years that it dominated the top torrented series list, GoT was so popular that it visibly boosted traffic on pirate sites, according to TorrentFreak. So we'll have to see if The Mandalorian will rise to the same level of cultural phenomenon, while sticking the landing with its series finale.