‘Game of Thrones’ DVD sets new record

The sales tally for the HBO drama is even higher than its fourth-season death count

The ‘Game of Thrones’ logo is projected on to the Guildhall in London. The fifth season will premiere at the Tower of London next month. Photograph: Ian West / PA

The ‘Game of Thrones’ logo is projected on to the Guildhall in London. The fifth season will premiere at the Tower of London next month. Photograph: Ian West / PA

 

Good news for the largely Belfast-based HBO production Game of Thrones as its impressively gory fourth series has become the fastest-selling DVD in the UK charts for more than a decade.

The combination of internet piracy and official on-demand platforms clearly hasn’t destroyed sales of physical entertainment just yet: the fourth series shifted 157,000 copies in the UK market last week for the highest first-week sales tally of any DVD since 2004.

London premiere

In the meantime, anyone in the mood to catch up on events in the War of the Five Kings might be interested to know about some of the DVD extras with the fourth series. They include the bluntly titled Bastards of Westeros, a featurette on the status of children born outside marriage in Martin’s fantasy land, and The Fallen: A Round Table, in which no fewer than seven regular cast members – including one of its many Irish stars – discuss how they were viciously killed off during the fourth season, or met their glorious comeuppance, as the case may be.