Back in 2015, Season 5’s first four episodes of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones leaked on the internet. In direct retaliation, HBO has suspended all of their advanced screenings for Game of Throne’s upcoming seasons, including the latest, season 7.
Journalists and critics usually receive the episodes of the new season before they are aired in order to cover them on their publications before they are released to the public. In 2015, just a day before the show premiered, the first five episodes were illegally downloaded and distributed on the internet.
Last year, despite HBO’s best attempts, a ‘mistake’ by a Canadian streaming service resulted in the first episode of season six appearing online only hours ahead of its official launch.
In November 2016, a host of seemingly credible spoilers were posted on Reddit.
Season 7 of the show is due to be released on schedule next month, airing only seven of the season’s episodes ahead of the 2018 show finale.When discussing the matter in 2016, ex-HBO head Mike Lombardo noted that it was a difficult but necessary decision to help preserve the artistic integrity of the viewing experience:
“It’s painful for Dan and David [when leaks happen]. When you have press copies, inevitably friends ask, ‘Can I see your copy?’ There are things that happen. We talked about the upsides and downsides. Some of the press are fans who might be disappointed, but they’ll understand.”
Alas, a sneak peek of Season 7 has made its way onto the internet.Despite the overwhelming secrecy. Another recent speculation is on Jaehaerys Targaryen’s real name and what that means for Jon Snow’s genealogy. However, a small sliver of hope exists for fans as critics should be able to have access to the first episode of the new season ahead of the July released.
Have the drastic measures to combat leaks left you disinterested in the show or do you believe that this is the only way to fight piracy and maintain artistic integrity? Share your thoughts in the section below.
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