24 hours ahead of the premiere of Game of Thrones Season 5 the first four episodes leaked online. This is not the typical piracy HBO has faced with GoT so far. This is a single leaker. Will HBO involve the FBI in going after the leaker? It is very likely.
Game of Thrones season 5 is premiering today not only in the United States but around the world in 170 countries. The simultaneous release is supposed to reduce the piracy of Game of Thrones episodes. Now HBO faces another issue. As reported earlier, the first four episodes of season 5 have leaked onto Torrent in the past few hours.
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While pirating aired shows is one thing, to leak shows ahead of their official release times could potentially spoil the Game of Thrones season for many. Someone always will download and watch the leaked episodes and spread the word online. The only safe way for Game of Thrones fans to avoid spoilers would be to stay offline for the next weeks.
According to TorrentFreak the leaked Game of Thrones episodes were downloaded more than a 100,000 times in the first 3 hours. The Torrent observers estimate that the number will hit 1 million later today. The leaked episodes first appeared on private Torrent tracker IPT, but quickly made their way onto The Pirate Bay and others.
The source is likely a reviewer who received screeners from HBO. This piracy has a very different quality than the rampant copying of released GoT episodes. This is likely a breach of a legal agreement such as an NDA. HBO is expected to try to find the leaker with the help of authorities including the FBI.
The four leaked Game of Thrones Season 5 episodes are:Episode 1: The Wars To Come
Episode 2: The House of Black and White
Episode 3: High Sparrow
Episode 4: The Sons of The Harpy
Season 5 of GoT contains 8 episodes. We assume HBO has not sent out all episodes to reviewers yet. If they did they have a big problem. If not than they have a chance to change procedures on how to release screeners.
The anticipation is running higher however for what is in store for the next season. Adapted from the A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy saga by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is a familial feud among noble families who covet the Iron Throne in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.
David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the creators of the show spilled some detail about where the story might lead. According to what they have reported, the show till now has been going on in their own parts of the world, form east to west, each fighting their own fight. That is about to come to an end with this season and it will be the start of bigger things like the factions coming together for a bigger war for authority.
Most of the media sources have had their experts make predictions for the show, round up the deaths on the show for the past whole seasons. GoT is surprisingly the second show behind Spartans to have the highest death rate.
The set locations in Croatia, Spain and Ireland revealed that half the Alcazar palace in Seville were closed off to public viewing while the show was in production and Queen Elizabeth II toured the Belfast studios where interior scenes are shot in June so it’s going to be bigger, better and bloodier for sure.
Benioff suggested that parts of the story will be horror in true sense. The characters after going under rigorous ordeals are not over yet with their lives. Jon Snow played by Kit Harrington will be prominent this year. The dragons of blonde warrior queen Daenerys, portrayed by Emilia Clarke, will grow in strength, while the diminutive Tyrion sports facial hair.
All that and more as seen in spoilers and sneak peeks is enough for the fans to even wake up at 4 in the morning to catch the premiere of the season 5 of Game of Thrones.
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Game of Thrones Season 5 premieres on HBO tonight at 9pm.