It may finally feel like spring, but for “Game of Thrones” fans, winter has been a long time coming and some, it seems, just couldn’t wait. A day before the premiere of Season 5, which kicks off on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, the first four episodes were leaked online.
The episodes showed up on several torrent sites between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, and by Sunday morning had been downloaded over one million times. The videos appear to be ripped from HBO press screeners sent to the reviewers in advance, but the watermark codes, used to track early release copies, have been blurred out.
“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,” the company said in a statement Sunday. “We’re actively assessing how this breach occurred.” READ MORE.