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Game of Thrones Season 5 First 4 Episodes Leaked on the Internet

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015


Attention all Game of Thrones fans! Season 5 is now here, and the first 4 episodes are available now! But there’s a catch… it’s only available through torrenting. There’s something captivating about the epic story of nine noble families fighting for the control of fictional land Westeros that makes every season of Game of Thrones a must-see event. The fact that the series stays true to the writer George R. R. Martin’s vision and comes with extremely high production values makes it a compelling watch for fans and non-fans alike. In this article, I’ll discuss with you some of the juicy details that relate to the four episodes of the series have been leaked a full 24 hours before the first episode was scheduled to hit your TV screens.

Game of Thrones is not the first TV show or movie to be leaked ahead of its official debut. Several high profile movies including X-Men Origins : Wolverine, The Expendables 3, Zero Dark Thirty, Zombieland and Hurt Locker were leaked online before they hit the theaters and some of them even failed to recoup their budget due to the piracy. However, what’s shocking in this case is the magnitude of the leak. Since a season of Game of Thrones consists of around 10 episodes, it can be said that almost half the season has been leaked by the pirates even before the first episode was telecast on the TV.

There are several theories going around regarding how so many episodes of the new season got leaked. Most industry watchers (and even HBO) consider preview copies to be the source of the leak. It is a standard practice among studios and TV channels to send preview copies of upcoming shows to media groups and journalists to gain favorable reviews. However, this also increases the chances of piracy drastically which is why channels usually watermark the preview copies with special codes or names of the reviewers. In this case, the person leaking the episodes simply blurred the code so it would not be easy for HBO to identify the culprit(s). It is also remarkable that the leaks surfaced only days after one of the post-production producers of the show expressed concern that the show could be leaked due to so many preview copies floating around.

Another very interesting opinion is that this could be a genius marketing ploy by HBO to get people even more hyped up and interested in the Game of Thrones 5 season. If you think about this conspiracy theory, it kind of makes sense. It certainly has given worldwide attention, and was once again on record for being the most torrented TV show in the world. Why wasn’t the entire season stolen and released? Just saying, if there was an intentional leak, there is some merit to this assertion.

Because of the leak, HBO has been forced to simulcast Game of Thrones in many more countries than originally planned. The leaks have also robbed the sheen of HBO’s new standalone streaming service “HBO Now” which was timed to launch along with the new season of Game of Thrones. However, the good news for the beleaguered channel is that the new season has opened to fantastic reviews from both the critics and viewers so the event is unlikely to make a dent into HBO’s profits.

The unexpected leak has also caused frenzied activity on file sharing sites like PirateBay and KickAss Torrents. Even before the leaks of the new season surfaced, Game of Thrones was one of the most pirated shows on the web. The show now holds the dubious distinction of having almost half of its season available online before its official premiere on the TV. If you are planning to download the leaked episodes from torrenting sites, be careful and aware of the consequences that may be associated in your area.


April 21, 2015
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