Game Of Thrones fans in China hit out at 'censored' first episode

Posted in 16 April 2019

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The first episode of the long-awaited final Game Of Thrones series aired on Monday - but was six minutes shorter in China.

Almost 200,000 people in the UK stayed awake/set the alarm to see the first broadcast at 2am, with the show going out at the same time as in the US.

Without giving away any spoilers, fans won't be surprised to hear it was an episode that contained some nudity and one or two violent scenes. Standard Game Of Thrones, in other words.

However, viewers picked up on the fact it clocked in at 48 minutes - despite the official running time being 54 minutes.

Chinese broadcasters are known for censorship, with gay scenes taken out of the Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody film last month.

After it aired, fans said they were relieved they could "finally come out of hiding" after making it to the debut without hearing any spoilers.

Many who waited until the second 9pm showing on Monday said they had stayed off social media all day so as not to come across any details.

Cast members including Kit Harington, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner attended the premiere for the final season in Belfast last week, with all promising this last series would be better than ever.

Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, described it as "unpredictable, terrifying and visually stunning".