The fourth episode of Game of Thrones this season has leaked online, days before it airs on television.
Titled ‘The Spoils of War’, the episode actually does not come from the recent HBO hack – in which 1.5TB of data was apparently stolen – but rather from one of the company’s international distributors.
Entertainment Weekly shares (via an insider) that a watermark allegedly shows Star India being responsible for the episode getting out.
This week’s episode of Game of Thrones is actually the shortest in the show’s history, clocking in at 50 minutes long.
HBO earlier released new photos from ‘The Spoils of War’, which teased the long-awaited showdown between Jon Snow and Theon Greyjoy.
Daenerys will be hoping for a change in fortune in the fourth episode after ‘The Queen’s Justice’ saw her lose basically all of her allies, with Olenna Tyrell offed by Jaime Lannister and Ellaria Sand chained up by Cersei.
Episode three also saw a reunion between Sansa Stark and Bran, with another Stark reunion hinted at in the teaser for ‘The Spoils of War’.
HBO previously commented on the hack, saying that it is “investigating the incident”.
“HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information,” the network said in a statement (via Entertainment Weekly).
“We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cyber-security firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”
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