It’s pretty obvious that the premiere of Game of Thrones season seven was a big (huge, massive, EPICALLY GIGANTIC) deal. And while there are plenty of opinions about what happened (no spoilers here, we promise!), not to mention mixed reviews about (okay, so there is a spoiler if you click the next link) *that* cameo, there’s one thing that’s certain: A lot of people watched the premiere. In fact, so many folks watched, it actually crashed HBO’s website.

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While fans could not possibly have been more excited about heading back to Westeros, those who tried to watch online were more than a little disappointed (i.e. downright FREAKING OUT) over the fact that they were met with an error message on HBO’s website. HBO’s streaming service, HBO Now, was also struggling, showing a seemingly endless loading bar when users initially attempted to check out season seven’s wildly anticipated first episode, which only managed to kick in halfway through the East Coast premiere.

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An HBO spokesperson revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that while they did experience down time in Latin America, the US was lucky enough not to see any widespread outages on HBO Go or HBO Now. This, however, is no consolation to those fans who were definitely affected by the outage and are super peeved to have missed the beginning of one of the most highly anticipated premieres in years.

This might be just the kind of glitch that convinces viewers to start watching Game of Thrones on Hulu.

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(h/t The Hollywood Reporter; photos via HBO, Neilson Barnard/Getty)