Warning: The following article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7
The Game of Thrones fandom has been thrown into a tizzy as word has spread online that a user ('awayforthelads') on the Game of Thrones subreddit known as /r/FreeFolk supposedly leaked the entire Season 7 plot outline. They were later recompiled by Reddit user 'maureencreates.' And many online outlets have been quick to spread word of the alleged spoilers.
Before anyone lets what was disclosed make or break their opinion of Game of Thrones Season 7, they might need to take heart. Simply put, there are no concrete reasons to entirely believe this so-called "leak."
The site HeatStreet pointed to its possible accuracy because of previous spoilers that have surfaced from that particular subreddit in the past, most recently in Season 6.
However, when this "leak" was originally published could tell Game of Thrones fans a lot about its veracity. Based on an abundance of recent set leaks through paparazzi photos, a lot can be surmised about Season 7 by speculation alone.
News of the "leak" broke yesterday, after an explosive weekend (October 22-23) of filming, a weekend that saw many set photos make their way online, including ones that confirmed Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) would meet in Season 7.
It is Not the First Time Game of Thrones has Supposedly Sprung a Leak
It is important to note that this is not the first time news of a season-wide Game of Thrones plot leak has enveloped the internet. Last year, Season 6 was supposedly spoiled online. That "leak" originated on 4chan via an anonymous user.
In light of Season 6 having aired, we can now look back at what was reported and separate fact from fiction. When looking over that Season 6 "leak," you will notice the user's information was hit and miss.
Among the things, they got right were…
-Meeting Samwell's (John Bradley) family
-Arya successfully facing off against the Waif
-Varys (Conleth Hill) leaving Tyrion (Peter Dinklage)
-Dorne having a brief amount of scenes
-Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) going to the Riverlands
-Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) dying (but not the in the correct manner)
Among the major inaccuracies were…
-The deaths of Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Podrick (Daniel Portman)
-Drogon saving Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) from the Dothraki
-Daario (Michiel Huisman) betraying Dany, declaring that he was the secret leader of the Sons of the Harpy before pronouncing himself the King of Mereen
-King Doran (Alexander Siddig) remaining alive and imprisoning Ellaria (Indira Varma) and her Sand Snakes
-The arrival of Lady Stoneheart
-Smalljon Umber being the one to provide a safe haven for Sansa (Sophie Turner) and not Jon
-Rickon (Art Parkinson) surviving the season
And there are more, but you get the idea. Taking leaks as verbatim truth is a slippery slope. If you have read the Season 7 "leak," you know that the pattern is pretty similar with Season 6's leaks, just lighter on details.
Fuel to the Fire…
Adding fuel to the "Wildfire" of belief that the Reddit Season 7 "leak" is accurate is that the user who posted the alleged plot details has since deleted their account. None of this makes what was reported true, but it has added a mysterious bent to the speculation.
It would not be the first time the internet went wild with a Game of Thrones Season 7 story that turned out to be false. Over Labor Day Weekend, rumors that Angela Lansbury was joining the cast hit a fever pitch.
Game of Thrones itself never shot down the rumor. And it was ultimately Lansbury herself who dispelled the speculation.
So if the silence of Game of Thrones' producers makes one believe this Season 7 plot leak is accurate, then think again.
Certain leaks from the set have been unavoidable. It is one of the consequences of filming outside and on-location. Game of Thrones, known for its sweeping location shots, has been filming in broad daylight as fans and paparazzi have snapped telling pictures. They are not playing it particularly coy.
In truth, the only way any of us will know if the alleged Season 7 "leak" is true or not is to tune in to Game of Thrones Season 7 when it airs next summer.
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