Very bad news if you were hoping to catch up on Game of Thrones before season 6 is over. NowTV has just removed the entire back catalogue.
Only episode four onwards of season 6 is available for NowTV users who either have a trial or paid for the £6.99-a-month Entertainment Pass, with all prior seasons removed as of the 13th of June, 2016.
A countdown was shown within the NowTV guide and the end date was made clear when the on-demand television service announced it would be showing all Game of Thrones seasons back in March 2016.
At the time, the announcement read: “If you have a NOW TV Entertainment Pass, you can already watch Seasons 1-5 in all their gory glory until 13 June.”
The removal has caught a number of viewers off guard, some of whom took to Twitter to vent their frustration. One tweeted: “@NowTV have ruined my life by taking series 5 of Game of Thrones away… Thanks for that I was half way through.”
Another said: “I decided to start watching Game of Thrones, then 2 days later NowTV removes it. This is why I have trust issues.”
“@NowTV I am annoyed that you have taken all but the last season of Game of Thrones off. What is the point when season 6 is still on?” another added.
Those who are behind on season 6 will also suffer as the first episode was removed on the 25th of May 2016, and episode four is shortly going to disappear. Episode 10 will be the season finale.
Each new episode of the show is only available on catch-up for 30 days after the initial airing, clearing the way for a season 6 box set.
Although the lack of Game of Thrones may seem as bleak for some as the region north of the Wall, there may yet be a happy ending for NowTV customers addicted to HBO’s fantasy drama.
Responding to a question about when seasons 1 to 5 would be removed, its official Twitter account said: “…we cannot confirm yet but do keep an eye [Game of Thrones] may return :)”.