The most recent leak that HBO has on it’s hands isn’t because of hackers. But rather, two distinct internal blunders. Well, internal in that it originated throughout the production process. Rather than from an outside source, such as a hack. Game of Thrones has had its fair share of leaks. The first four episodes of Season 5 were leaked online. This was in part due to the fact that advance screeners were sent out to members of the press. HBO decided to scrap screeners for Season 7 because of this reason, but that hasn’t prevented two major leaks already.
The earlier leak of Season 7 was related to a distribution partner in India. The partner accidentally posted it on it’s own platform. While I’m sure it was, in fact, an accident. It makes you wonder how these things can happen. But the most recent leak comes out of Spain. A spokesperson for HBO had this to say: “We have learned that the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO España platforms. The error appears to have originated with a third party vendor and the episode was removed as soon as it was recognized. This is not connected to the recent cyber incident at HBO in the US”.
You all remember that “recent cyber incident” right? We wrote about it on sainteldaily.com, so have a look if you haven’t already. What’s interesting about that hack is that they threatened to release the information if HBO didn’t pay. Information such as phone numbers of the actors and even scripts. And while this might be of value to HBO, I don’t think anything is quite as bad as releasing an actual episode ahead of it’s air time. At least in terms of how the show itself and ratings. In fact, the only thing that the hackers posted online were script outlines. Big deal, right?
I completely understand accidents happening. Sometimes you can take all the security measures you wish, but something can go wrong. But it makes you wonder what’s happening at HBO, and specifically related to Game of Thrones. Why is this different than other shows or other networks? The hack, for example was targeted because it is a popular show. But could there be a reason why these things keep happening to HBO? I’m not suggesting a conspiracy theory by any means. But something about this doesn’t seem right. What are the chances?
In the cases of the leak, the episodes were removed as soon as they realized the error. But that doesn’t mean thousands, if not millions of people watched those episodes. It also doesn’t mean that you can’t still watch the episode. More specifically, the most recent. There are spoilers around there on the internet, so if you’re waiting for Sunday, be careful. I’ve said this before, but if you’re a true fan, do you really want to watch it in advance? Maybe you do. We all seem to be so impatient these days when it comes to what we’re watching on TV. We need to have it sooner than later and we can’t wait. I like to binge watch seasons of TV shows and I long for the show to just keep going and going. But that’s not reality. Maybe we all just need to practice patience.