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Monday's episode of 'Game of Thrones' was one of the biggest yet, both in terms of action and length. The Battle of the Bastards saw the long-awaited fight between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton (and it ran 60 minutes long, which is five minutes longer than normal episodes). And HBO's streaming service couldn't handle it.

HBO Now went down due to increased demand from 'Thrones' fans wanting their fix. Thousands of subscribers were left frustrated after 9pm ET in the US last night, as they couldn't watch the epic penultimate episode of series six.

HBO fessed up, tweeting: "We're aware members are experiencing technical difficulties tonight. We hope to resolve this ASAP."

About half an hour later, the problem was solved. HBO tweeted: "We are pleased to confirm that successful streaming has resumed across all devices."

Here in the UK, 'Game of Thrones' airs on Sky Atlantic, and is also available through Sky's Now TV service. The last episode of series six will air on Monday morning at 2am, and then again at 9pm. It will run a whopping 69 minutes long.

Series seven is rumoured to consist of only seven episodes, with series eight said to be similarly truncated. Although it won't air until next spring, casting has already started for series seven. Winter is indeed coming...

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