UP to three million Brits are expected to go sick on Monday after staying up all night to watch Game of Thrones.
The season eight opener of the cult fantasy series starts at 2am on Sky Atlantic.
A poll of 2,000 adults found six per cent — equivalent to 3.1million — are considering ringing in pleading illness after tuning in, online travel guide Culture Trip found.
Those who want to watch the season eight opener as it is streamed for the first time will be tuning in at 2am on Monday morning.
And that will lead to a lot of bleary eyed fans of the steamy dragon and swordplay drama calling in sick or pulling a so-called duvet day to miss work a few hours later, according to research by online travel guide Culture Trip.
But up to 18 per cent of those in Yorkshire, Wales and the South East are most likely to miss work the next day and, perhaps not surprisingly, a similar number of 16-24 year olds are also likely to be absent
Cassam Looch, of Culture Trip, said: “As a huge Game of Thrones fan, I – like the rest of the nation – am both excited and sad to see the series end.
“It’s been amazing to see the fan base grow from a cult following, to a worldwide phenomenon, especially given the show has catapulted home-grown British talent onto the world stage and so much of the series has been filmed on home soil.
“Not only is it hugely popular here in the UK, Game of Thrones has captivated global audiences who – despite language and cultural differences – can all relate to the show’s themes of family, loyalty and friendship.
“The political turmoil on-screen, in many ways, reflects the current global political climate and helped us make sense of it all.