The upcoming sixth episode of Game of Thrones’ on-going season 7 has leaked online, after it was accidentally aired by HBO España, a Spanish tv on Tuesday night and made available on the HBO Nordic website, a full five days before its usual airing date.
The episode was reportedly available on-demand to Spanish subscribers for one hour before being removed – long enough for it to be ripped and shared.
This is actually not the first time this has happened – an episode of season 6 having been accidentally uploaded by HBO’s Nordic arm a few hours before official broadcast.
What with the HBO hack and the Indian leak of episode 4, Game of Thrones has had a rough season with spoilers, though it hasn’t harmed ratings, with episodes posting recording viewing figures even when they’ve hit the web early
It was also available on HBO España’s website for a few hours, according to screenshots shared by Reddit users. The new leak is another unfortunate incident for HBO on the back of a major hack whose complete fallout has yet to be ascertained. So far, the hackers have leaked episodes of HBO series such as Ballers, Room 104, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, scripts of then-unaired Game of Thrones episodes, along with personal details of celebrities.
In a separate incident earlier this month, the fourth episode of Game of Thrones season 7 was leaked by four individuals associated with Star India’s technology vendor, Prime Focus. They have been arrested by the police, though.
The sixth episode of Game of Thrones season 7 is set to air Sunday, August 20 on HBO in the US. It will be available Monday, August 21 on Hotstar, and air Tuesday, August 22 on Star World in India.
This error is particularly egregious however given the importance of the episode, the penultimate instalment of season 7 seeing King Jon and his motley crew head north of the Wall to attempt to capture a White Walker.