The 4th episode of Game of Thrones’ on-going seventh season has been leaked online and reports has that it seems to be connected to the hack of HBO’s servers from earlier last week, which was said to have more than GoT script outlines only. The upcoming episode – set to air August 6 in the US and August 7 in India – contains two watermarks: a “Star India” one in the bottom-right corner, and a “for internal viewing only” one in the top-left corner.
“This confirms the compromise of episode 4 of Game of Thrones Season 7, earlier this afternoon,” a Star India spokesperson told our source.
“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.” the spokesperson added.
Our source further said it has independently confirmed that the episode, available on multiple websites and via Reddit forums in a low-quality version, appears to be genuine. It does carry a date of July 20 in its opening info card, which suggests that the episode has been ready since the first week of Game of Thrones Season 7, typical for productions of such level. At the same time, it’s likely that the leaked episode may not be the final cut.
The HBO hack released at the start of last week, allegedly leaking unaired episodes of HBO series Insecure and Ballers, apart from Game of Thrones script treatments with the promise of more. It now seems the hackers are following through on that threat. Our source has also reached out to Star India for a comment on whether it has a faced a hack of its own.
It will be recall that this is not the first time HBO has faced episode leaks for Game of Thrones. The most notable one remains the one prior to season 5 in 2015, when screeners sent to the press were put online. Since then, HBO has stopped providing early access to members of the media.
Game of Thrones season 7 episode 4 is set to air tonight, August 6 on HBO in the US. It will be available Monday, August 7 on Hotstar and Tuesday, August 8 on Star World in India.