This is unprecedented. HBO programming president, Michael Lombardo just announced to EW that no early episodes of Game Of Thrones sixth season would be sent to the press this year:
âWeâre not sending out press copies this year, anywhere in the world. There will be no copies for review.â
This move is completely comprehensible as last year, the first four episodes of the fifth season leaked on BitTorrent long before the season officially aired. What happened ended up being truly prejudicial for the network but paradoxically, it didn't prevent the season 5 premiere from setting a new ratings record. Nothing can put down GOT.
Despite having set up a much more secured online screening system, HBO executives didn't take any chances. This almost never happened for a major series like Game Of Thrones and it could push other big TV shows to do the same. All the same, this decision was conjointly and quickly taken, as said Lombardo:
Itâs painful for Dan and David [when leaks happen]. When you have press copies, inevitably friends ask, âCan I see your copy?â There are things that happen. We talked about the upsides and downsides. Some of the press are fans who might be disappointed, but theyâll understand.â
If you wanted to learn earlier than usual about Jon Snow's fate you'll have to wait like everybody else. And that's probably better that way.
Game Of Thrones returns April 24th on HBO.