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The next 'Game of Thrones' episode leaked online



The upcoming new episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones has leaked online before its premier this Sunday, according to Entertainment Weekly.

EW reported Friday that the episode is titled “The Spoils of War” and is the fourth overall of the television show’s seventh season.

An HBO insider told EW that the leak is not believed to be part of the major hack of the network that was first reported on Monday.

The unaired episode reportedly originated from Star India, one of HBO’s global network partners that gets episodes before their release date.

EW reported that a watermark on the leak seemingly confirms Star India as the source of the video.

Some Twitter users on Friday cheered the leaked episode, which offers advance knowledge about one of television’s most popular series.

Other people on the social media platform were more cautious, arguing they would rather see the show unfold normally.

A Star India spokesperson confirmed to EW that it had been penetrated and the upcoming episode had begun circulating online.

“We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our and the technology partner’s end to swiftly determine the cause,” they said.

“This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action,” the spokesperson added.

Hackers earlier this week claimed data they had put online included written material from the same Game of Thrones episode that has now leaked.

That breach of GBO also reportedly included one upcoming episode apiece from Ballers and Room 104, two of the company’s other series.

EW reported that Game of Thrones is the most illegally downloaded television show on the planet.

HBO has reportedly tried a “day and date” release strategy to help cut down on online piracy of the beloved series.

The company purportedly uses a complex distribution network that aims to air new episodes of the show at approximately the same day worldwide on various cable and satellite providers.

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