There's still more than a month before the highly anticipated premiere of Game Of Thrones Season 6, and HBO is taking this season seriously by keeping any potential spoilers tightly under wraps. This year, the security precautions include not allowing the press to wrap their peepers around coming episodes.
Generally, news outlets and critics are provided with screeners so that they may review and prepare content ahead of time to publish as soon as the episode airs. But today, HBO announced via EW that it will be withholding these early episodes in order to maintain the highest level of secrecy.
According to Michael Lombardo, HBO's programming president, the episodes are on a worldwide lockdown until their air date:
“We’re not sending out press copies this year, anywhere in the world. There will be no copies for review.”
While I'm sure plenty of outlets are a bummed that they won't be made privy to coming Game Of Thrones episodes, HBO's determination to keep this season's ongoings classified means that something big is going on.
Given the considerable amount of fan theories and speculation sweeping the Internet, it makes sense that the studio would want to keep fans tuning in on a weekly basis, eager to find out more — as if we weren't already. For the first time since the show's inception, the storylines will go beyond those of George R.R. Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire book series, promising exciting new twists and turns for show watchers and book readers alike.
Keeping the episodes from the public eye is the only way to assuredly prevent spoilers and leaks from reaching audiences. Not to mention, it gives the showrunners plenty of time to tease the return of Jon Snow without fear of the surprise being ruined by an outside source.
Lombardo went on to say that while the press might not be happy about this decision initially, ultimately it will be for the best:
"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.”
As both a fan and member of the press, I wholeheartedly agree with this decision. No one likes spoilers!
Season 6 of 'Game Of Thrones' will return to HBO starting April 24.
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(Source: Entertainment Weekly)