Viewing of the Game of Thrones season debut came to a crashing halt this weekend thanks to server problems with HBO Go. The cable outfit first reported the problem late Sunday via Twitter, and finally restored full service early Monday morning.

Not surprisingly, all of this set off a firestorm of complaints, and even conspiracy theories that the service was trying to shut out pass-code borrowers. HBO denied all that, of course, saying that the service just suffered “overwhelming demand” — no doubt from viewers anxious to see if GoT could top last season’s debauchery. In truth, all the hype, marketing and constant re-run airplay created some serious build-up. It’s a shame the infrastructure didn’t hold, but it’s logical as hell.

Viewers see red as Game of Thrones premiere crashes HBO servers.