HBO’s Game of Thrones is having a hard time keeping their show under wraps. Season 6, Episode 5, titled “The Door,” leaked a day before the show was set to air. The episode features the death of a beloved character and finally fills in a pivotal piece of missing information.
To make matters worse, the leak was HBO’s fault. According to Torrent Freak, the leak was uploaded to HBO Nordic a day before it was scheduled to air. Although HBO did take the leaked episode down, pirated copies of the episode had already been made and uploaded to the internet for all to see.
This isn’t the first episode of Game of Thrones that has been leaked this season, though. The premiere episode of Season 6, titled “The Red Woman,” was also leaked hours before it was set to air. Photos of Melisandre’s very aged breasts started making rounds around social media.
So why is HBO having such a difficult time keeping Game of Thrones out of the public eye before the episodes are set to air? This season, HBO took steps to prevent any episodes from leaking. According to the Huffington Post, HBO decided to forego sending out press copies.
Michael Lombardo told Entertainment Weekly, “We’re not sending out press copies this year, anywhere in the world. There will be no copies for review.”
HBO decided to make this move after several episodes of Game of Thrones from Season 5 were leaked before the season even started. Last season, HBO even went so far as to send out warning emails to the owners of IP addresses that were used to share the leaked episodes.
HBO has yet to address the most recent Game of Thrones leak. It’s hard to blame anyone other than HBO when they were the cause of the leak.
As for what fans think about the Game of Thrones leaks, the reviews are mixed. Many fans are excited to be able to watch the episode earlier than they expected and are hoping HBO will leak even more.
A man is glad that HBO heeded his request to leak the new episode of Game of Thrones. A man requests that they leak the rest of the season.— Dat Dragons Dude (@dragonsfan1988) May 22, 2016
Other fans were upset by the leak. While general etiquette rules of social media dictate a “spoiler alert” should be included for a period of 24-hours after the show’s airtime, many Game of Thrones fans don’t follow this rule. Twitter user @ShloerPrince shared this tweet seven hours before Episode 5 of Game of Thrones was scheduled to air.
To those pricks that are putting game of thrones spoilers online cos they watched the leak - I hope you never know happiness.— Citrus Edge (@ShloerPrince) May 22, 2016
Some even think HBO purposefully leaked the Game of Thrones episode. This theory seems highly doubtful given the lengths HBO has gone to trying to prevent episodes from being leaked. It will be hard to deny this theory though if HBO manages to leak another episode of Game of Thrones before Season 6 ends.
What are your thoughts on HBO now leaking two episodes of Game of Thrones? Do you think it was an accident, or do you think they actually could be leaking the episodes on purpose? Leave your feedback in the comments below, and tune in for the next episode of Game of Thrones on Sunday, at 9/8c on HBO.
Farewell, Hodor. We’ll “hold the door” for you.
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