Game of Thrones is filled with characters attempting to navigate troubling and deadly moral quandaries. For example, do you pledge fealty to a new king, or do you stick to your oaths and refuse - even if it means death? They're dealing with this kind of stuff everyday.
Fans of Game of Thrones recently had to go through a similar process, as it was revealed the first four episodes had been leaked online before the premiere had even aired. This led many fans to conduct some sudden soul searching. Do you binge on the first four episodes, protecting yourselves from spoilers but simultaneously adding a month long wait until episode 5 airs? Or do you show restraint and refuse to watch the leaked episodes online?
Well, according to The Hollywood Reporter, at least 100,000 people went for the former option, and downloaded all four leaked episodes within three hours of them becoming available. This is no surprise, and Game of Thrones is well-known as one of the most pirated shows currently airing. Previously, HBO has worn this title with a certain level of nonchalant pride, although it seems they're not so happy with this latest leak. In a statement released by HBO, they claimed:
Sadly, it seems the leaked four episodes of the upcoming season of Game of Thrones originated from within a group approved by HBO to receive them. We're actively assessing how this breach occurred.
The most common theory is the episodes were leaked online by reviewers who received early copies of the first four episodes. Each reviewer copy is watermarked with a unique identification code, however the leaked copies appear to have this number removed or obscured, likely confounding HBO's effort to locate the mysterious leaker.
In any case, I'm preferring to wait until they air on television. I'm not sure if I could wait an additional month until episode 5 airs. I need my weekly hit.
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