Next 'Game of Thrones' Episode Leaks Online as HBO Suffers Another Blow

Friday, 04 August 2017 - 7:30PM
Game of Thrones
Friday, 04 August 2017 - 7:30PM
Next 'Game of Thrones' Episode Leaks Online as HBO Suffers Another Blow
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Things are probably not going too great for HBO's security team right now.

Just a few days after a massive server leak saw hackers make off with terabytes of data from HBO's servers, an upcoming episode of Game of Thrones has leaked online, ahead of its scheduled broadcast date. What's more, this new leak is apparently unconnected to the earlier hack, meaning that HBO's generally tight security has been breached twice in an embarrassingly short period of time. The network was too paranoid to give reviewers access to these episodes ahead of time, but it seems that their fear of leaks was definitely justifiable.

The episode, which is currently floating around the internet in unusual and very murky places, is the fourth episode of the current seventh season and is supposed to air this coming Sunday, August 6. Somewhat ironically, the episode is titled The Spoils of War, which seems oddly fitting as its contents have been spoiled ahead of its television debut.

This time, rather than the episode coming from a hack of HBO's own servers, the episode appears to have been stolen from the network's international partner, Star India - a watermark for the channel can be seen on the leaked episode. According to a spokesperson for Star India, who are no doubt in a lot of trouble with HBO at the moment:

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"We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our and the technology partner's end to swiftly determine the cause. This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action."
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It should probably go without saying but just in case you're considering it: don't go looking for this leaked episode. The official broadcast is just a weekend away, and will be a far better experience when watched in its intended format.

Not only will you be able to enjoy the episode without visiting a suspicious website that could be harmful to your computer, but watching the show on TV actually allows HBO to generate ad revenue from the episode. If big budget productions like Game of Thrones and Westworld stop being profitable because too many people are pirating them, then HBO could be forced to ditch quality entertainment in favor of something that's far cheaper to make, like Celebrities File Their Tax Returns or something equally pointless.

Game of Thrones' staggeringly impressive viewing figures are somewhat necessary in order to keep the current television model alive, and should this show's popularity ever wane, it could have disastrous effects on everything that HBO puts out, to the point where these kinds of powerful drama shows begin to disappear in favor of something more lucrative.

The temptation to go looking for pirated Game of Thrones episodes ahead of time is strong, but it benefits nobody. Patience is a virtue; we've waited over a year for the current season of the show, so a couple more days aren't going to kill you.


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