'Game of Thrones' director David Petrarca: Piracy is good for our show

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"Game of Thrones" was the most pirated show of 2012, but that doesn't have one of its directors, David Petrarca, too concerned. While he was speaking at a Q&A at the University of Western Australia, Petrarca made some surprising comments revealing that he thinks illegal downloads of "Game of Thrones" actually benefit the show.

His defense, as explained by WinterIsComing.net, is that shows like "Game of Thrones" thrive on their "cultural buzz," which is increased by more people watching it. "That's how they survive," he reportedly said. Petrarca, who helmed the Season 2 episodes "The Ghost of Harrenhal" and "Garden of Bones," later clarified to Australia's ABC Radio that, while he doesn't condone illegal downloading of shows, he does think that the more people watching it, the better.

HBO, of course, does not look at things the same way. As the company has said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times, "'Game of Thrones' is sold worldwide, available legally on a large variety of viewing platforms and is one of HBO's most popular series. With that kind of success comes a great amount of social media chatter so can't say we see an upside to illegal downloads."

Data collected by TorrentFreak and BitTorrent trackers revealed that "Game of Thrones" clocked in 4.28 million illegal downloads for a single episode. Coming in behind it was "Dexter," with 3.85 million downloads.

In other exciting "Game of Thrones" news, a trailer for "Game of Thrones" Season 3 is expected to hit over the weekend. The description for the teaser says it will provide "an extended peek at the drama, passion and action coming in Season 3 of 'Game of Thrones'" and run at 2 minutes in length. Considering how great the last one was, we can't wait for this.

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