Why did HBO decide to end season 5 on Sunday night, after a tumultuous summer?
Because they didn’t want to let their loyal followers down.
According to HBO, the series finale was delayed because the streaming service needed to do an analysis of how its subscriber base was responding to the show.
The HBO executive who made the decision said the company’s audience had been “staggering.”
“The Game of Thrones season 5 had a high rating, and so we did a few things that made sure it could run smoothly on the platform,” HBO said in a statement.
“But there was still a lot to do to get to that point.”
This is not the first time HBO has been forced to delay its finale, as the streaming company has been struggling with low viewership during its Emmy-nominated The Newsroom and its upcoming HBO series, The Leftovers.
It has also been under fire for its decision to end the show in August 2017 and its decision not to renew the hit comedy The Newsy.