Yes…this is the real deal.
Though HBO was subject to hackers, who managed to steal 1.5 terabytes of data from them, that isn’t how this episode leaked. HBO uses Star India as a distribution partner, and it looks like they told The Verge the leak was indeed on their end.
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. This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action.
This is just one of the many times Game of Thrones has been leaked. The first four episodes of season five were leaked after the press were given access. An HBO subsidiary also released a season six episode one day early.
No matter how it was leaked, it happened. Unfortunately for us, they took down the Google Drive the episode was contained in. So unless someone else can post a link, we’ll just have to wait til Sunday.
In the meantime, enjoy this preview and make sure to keep up with our Game of Thrones Podcast Westeros Wrap Up!