"Game of Thrones" was the most popular show to torrent download in 2012, according to a new report. TorrentFreak reports the Season 2 finale of the HBO fantasy series was illegally downloaded 4,280,000 times, making it the most downloaded TV episode of the year.

The website released its annual list of the most torrented shows, with cable hits and sitcoms taking top honors. An episode of "Dexter" was downloaded 3.85 million times. According to TorrentFreak, many of the downloads occur outside the US because distribution outside the country is limited. CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" had 3.2 million downloads. CBS's "How I Met Your Mother" came in fourth with 2.96 downloads. "Breaking Bad" was downloaded 2.58 million times.

"Game of Thrones" was the top torrented show of spring 2012, TorrentFreak had it on track to be the most-downloaded of the year in June. "The Big Bang Theory" and "How I Met Your Mother" were also on the list in June.

See the full list at TorrentFreak.

"Game of Thrones" returns Sunday, March 31 on HBO.

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  • Sansa Starks And Tyrion Lannister

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  • Ygritte

    Rose Leslie as Ygritte.

  • Ygritte And Tormund

  • Tywin Lannister

  • Joffrey Baratheon

  • Daario Naharis

  • Daenerys Targaryen

    Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen.

  • Tyrion Lannister

    Peter Dinklage as Lannister

  • Jaime Lannister

    Nikolaj Coster Waldau as Jaime Lannister.

  • Melisandre

    Carice van Houten as Melisandre.

  • Varys

    Conleth Hill as Varys.

  • Brienne

    Gwendoline Christie as Brienne.

  • Jaqen H'Ghar

    Tom Wlaschiha as Jaqen H'Ghar.

  • Gendry

    Joe Dempsie as Gendry.

  • Arya Stark

    Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.

  • Cersei Lannister

    Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister.

  • Samwell Tarly

    John Bradley as Samwell Tarly.

  • Myrcella Baratheon

    Aimee Richardson as Myrcella Baratheon.

  • Davos Seaworth

    Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth.

  • 'Game of Thrones' Character Posters

    Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.

  • Grand Maester Pycelle

    Julian Glover as Grand Maester Pycelle.

  • Shae

    Sibel Kekilli as Shae.

  • Xaro Xhoan Daxos

    Nonso Anozie as Xaro Xhoan Daxos.

  • Bronn

    Jerome Flynn as Bronn.

  • Margaery Tyrell

    Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell.

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