According to the science portal Science Alert, 300 viewers were put to the study in which their heart rate was measured by the Cardiogram app for Apple Watch while they watched the show.
“Of the top five heart-racing moments, four largely involved dialogue, drama and tension between characters rather than sword-on-sword or dragon-on-army clashes,” the portal reported.
It turns out that the main reason for the popularity of Game of Thrones is the dialogue between the characters.
Thus, experts “dethroned” the myth that millions of viewers were attracted to the series due to its abundance of scenes of violence and erotica.
On July 31, while fans around the world pined for their weekly fix, it was revealed that hackers stole 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO during a major attack on the network.
The hackers even leaked an unreleased 6th episode online days before its actual premiere.
Following reports that a clever hacker serendipitously named "little.finger66" stole more data than Sony lost in 2014, the leaked episode wound up on subreddit "r/freefolk" with the note "gift from Pakistan," Mashable reported.
HBO reportedly offered a $250,000 "bug bounty" reward, as the network called it, according to the email sent by a senior technology executive to the hackers.
Considering the size of the stolen cache and the hackers' apparent reluctance to accept HBO's reward, the show's fans can expect to see more episodes leaked online.