It seems HBO really can’t catch a break—even from its own international affiliates. The premium cabler is currently grappling with yet another leaked episode of Game of Thrones. But this time, the breach wasn’t the work of some devious hacker: instead, HBO apparently leaked its own show.
A spokesman for HBO Europe provided the following statement: “We have learned that the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO España platforms. The error appears to have originated with a third party vendor and the episode was removed as soon as it was recognized. This is not connected to the recent cyber incident at HBO in the U.S.”
According to TVLine, HBO Spain accidentally leaked Sunday’s upcoming episode by mistake by making the installment—the penultimate chapter of the epic fantasy drama’s seventh season—available on-demand to its Spanish subscribers several days early. The episode was live for an hour before the network realized its error and took it down. It didn’t take long for the ripped episode to surface online, of course, and it has since appeared everywhere from Reddit to YouTube, Instagram, and Twitch.
This season of Game of Thrones has been marred not only by a giant HBO hack—which compromised up to 1.5 terabytes of data and has resulted, so far, in leaks of executive documents and Game of Thrones scripts, among other things—but also by another unrelated breach, which resulted in Episode 4, “The Spoils of War,” getting leaked as well. Last season, HBO Nordic also accidentally leaked a Season 6 episode.
We’re guessing that there is no shortage of frustration over at HBO right now. Still, on the bright side, the “Spoils of War” leak did nothing to stop that episode from setting a new ratings record—and we’re guessing that this week’s penultimate episode will be similarly unencumbered.
This post has been updated.
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