THE next Game of Thrones episode has been leaked online – this time by its own network.
In an embarrassing bungle, HBO Spain accidentally made episode six of the blockbuster drama’s seventh season, titled “Death is the Enemy”, available to its subscribers online four days ahead of its scheduled release.
The episode was only online for around one hour before it was removed, but that was plenty of time for diehard fans to steal the version and re-upload it to various streaming websites where it remains available for anyone to watch.
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According to those who have watched it, the version is free of watermarks and is of a higher quality than episode four, which was leaked two weeks ago, although appears to be missing the last 10 minutes of the 70-minute episode.
HBO is yet to comment on the leak.
While fans wait for word from the network, speculation is mounting online suggesting HBO may have orchestrated the ‘accidental’ leak in a bid to beat any hackers to the post, while at the same time leaving viewers no choice but to still tune in on Monday to see the last 10 minutes.
Four people were arrested and charged with stealing and leaking episode four.
The early releases come after anonymous group “little.finger66” hacked HBO and claimed to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data, some of which has already been leaked, including a number of Game of Thrones scripts.
The hackers have demanded the network pay a ransom in return for the files.