For Time Warner Stock Investors, "Game of Thrones" Is "The Walking Dead"

What a week it's going to be for Time Warner stock investors. Friday brings the highly anticipated Superman rebootMan of Steel. Tonight, the Season 3 finale of Game of Thrones airs to what could be record ratings.

Season 3 finale preview. Sources: HBO and YouTube.

HBO says the show has already drawn in more than 13 million viewers per episode when you count DVR and on-demand viewings, repeats, and the like. Not as strong as AMC Networks' zombie hit The Walking Dead, the highest-rated scripted show of the 2012-2013 TV season, but impressive nonetheless.

As a fan, I've endured thrills and chills throughout this season of Game of Thrones. As an investor, I love what the show could ultimately mean for the Time Warner stock story.

Look at the signs. Recently, I conducted a poll in which I asked Fools whether they'd pay a premium to download current-season episodes of Game of Thrones. More than 30% said they'd pay at least as much as what Apple charges for The Walking Dead on iTunes. Of that group, a full 15% said they'd pay more. Another 32% said they'd pay for a full HBO subscription to get the show. Only 16% said they weren't interested in paying for television programming.

Mix in Man of Steel and Pacific Rim, which I consider to be a blockbuster in the making, and the studio could see billions in new profit as it prepares to separate from Time

Do you agree? Leave leave a comment to let us know who you think dies in tonight's episode and whether you would buy, sell, or short Time Warner stock at current prices.

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