HBO’s website was no match for the White Walkers on Sunday night. The cable network’s main website HBO.com was down during the seventh-season premiere of Game of Thrones. People who attempted to go to the website were met with an error message saying there was a problem loading the page. But the website returned to working order during the final half of the episode’s premiere.
HBO Now, the network’s over-the-top video streaming service, also wasn’t loading for some viewers during the first half of the episode, which becomes available for all viewers at the same time regardless of the time zone. Some viewers who logged into the service were met with a loading bar and could not access the new episode; others complained about slow buffering.
Sunday evening’s Game of Thrones premiere has been much anticipated after HBO delayed production on the seventh season, ultimately pushing back the show’s return to television airwaves.
HBO Now suffered similar outages in 2016 during the “Battle of the Bastards” episode of Game of Thrones last season.