HBO Itself Leaks The Next “Thrones” Episode
The unaired sixth episode of the seventh season of HBO’s fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” has been leaked online, but it wasn’t at the hands of the hackers that have been trolling the network – it was the network itself.
The episode, “Death is the Enemy,” was accidentally aired by HBO Nordic in Spain for an hour before it was removed. That was enough time for the episode to make its way to both file-sharing sites and Reddit where it has since spread fast.
This takes place just two weeks after the fourth episode, “The Spoils of War,” was leaked by a distribution partner in India. Four people were arrested in Mumbai over connections to the leak.
An HBO spokesperson confirmed in a statement to The Verge that the cable company had accidentally prematurely released this week’s episode on its own platforms:
“We have learned that the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO Espana platforms. The error appears to have originated with a third-party vendor and the episode was removed as soon as it was recognized. This is not connected to the recent cyber incident at HBO in the US.”
A sixth season episode was also released early by an HBO subsidiary last year, and the show remains the most pirated TV series in the world. Check out photos from the upcoming episode below: