The first few episodes of Game of Thrones season 5 leaked online this weekend.
Fans had expected the season premiere on Sunday night. However, they may have been surprised to learn that season 5 episode 1 was available as early as Saturday night. A full 24 hours early. Almost immediately after, another few episodes appeared. For a total of 4 episodes. Which covers: episode 1 airing April 12, episode 2 on April 19, episode 3 on April 26, and episode 4 on May 3.
So anyone who watched the 480p leaks is all caught up through early-May! There are also unconfirmed reports on the fan forums that a further SIX episodes may leak in the next few days.
The first four leaks appear to have been a genuine, low-quality screener with a watermark. Possibly a press screener. But not the 1080p/HD version that would have been broadcast on HBO. They were available on torrent and other pirate sites from “9 and 10 p.m. ET Saturday” onward.
UPDATE: HBO confirms to The Hollywood Reporter: “Sadly, it seems the leaked four episodes of the upcoming season of Game of Thrones originated from within a group approved by HBO to receive them. We’re actively assessing how this breach occurred.”
According to a new report, the leaked episodes have already been watched by a LOT of people.
Variety says “Through 7 a.m. Sunday, the leaked Game of Thrones eps had been downloaded by more than 550,000 individual clients worldwide, according to piracy-tracking firm Excipio — and by 9 a.m., the figure was up to 778,985.”