Last week, it occurred an hour early, this week, it was simply over six hours early. The second episode of the ultimate season of Game of Thrones has leaked on-line in its entirety, not as a result of of artful pirates (although now there’s lots of piracy taking place after the actual fact), however because of none aside from Amazon Prime.
For some motive, the episode was greenlit to go stay about an hour in the past in Germany on Amazon Prime. Though it’s been taken down (be happy to attempt to see if there’s for you), many individuals had been capable of watch your entire factor earlier than that, and now as such, the episode has been uploaded to a zillion completely different torrent websites and spoilers for what occurs are already leaking on-line. I cannot be posting any spoilers right here as a result of A) I’m not a sociopath and B) I don’t need to examine them both.
HBO has gone to painful lengths to keep away from leaks of plot factors, dodging spy drones when filming, solely letting the solid learn chunks of the script at a time, to eliminating the pretty normal apply of providing screeners to press forward of time for well timed critiques. Even as a member of the press, I don’t thoughts that they killed that, as a result of all it took was a single individual with a screener to go rogue and the episode was pirated endlessly earlier than it aired. This used to occur on a regular basis.
But within the no-screener period, there’s a brand new downside. HBO nonetheless has to handle not solely cable in 1000’s of markets, its personal world apps, and streaming companies like Hulu and Amazon Prime that supply entry to HBO content material. All it takes is one incorrect transfer and whoops, you’ve a scenario like at the moment’s. We have seen this occur a number of completely different instances, often with a distinct, very random perpetrator every time. I consider HBO itself in sure markets was even guilty no less than a few times when this occurred earlier than.
HBO needs to be tearing their hair out that this retains taking place, however this present is so fashionable and there are such a lot of of these markets to handle, it does nearly appear inevitable that one thing will go incorrect. At least we’re not coping with individuals flat-out stealing episodes like we noticed in a breach a number of years in the past, however this isn’t nice both.
All followers (actual followers, no less than) can actually do is faux that these leaks don’t exist. Don’t watch leaked episodes, or for those who do watch them, no less than don’t discuss them publicly (or privately, your family and friends will kill you) till the precise episode airs. The downside with the web and social media is that any rando can present up with spoilers to troll and all it takes is one look to spoil one thing. Just…don’t be that man.
See you tonight after we’ve all seen what occurs.
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