The people at HBO is taking the security of the upcoming and new season of the hit series “Game of Thrones” to a whole new level, as the network will not be releasing any press review copies of any format for the sixth season.
According to a report by Entertainment Weekly, HBO will not be sending out copies of the first few episodes of the hit and critically acclaimed epic fantasy series to any one in any format around the world.
“We’re not sending out press copies this year, anywhere in the world,” HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo said. “There will be no copies for review.”
The move made by HBO is the first time for any major TV series to do, not only a first for the series itself. To recall, the fifth season of “Game of Thrones” was leaked in part when the first five episodes of the season were made available for illegal download over various torrent sites way before the then new season premiered on HBO, leading to the half of the season very wide open for spoilers for major plot points and related things.
Also, fifth season ended the show’s adaptation of the events in the original series of bestselling booksthe “A Song of Ice and Fire” sagaby bestselling author George R.R. Martin. With no new source material to base a new season on, since Martin has yet to release his next and highly anticipated sequel book “The Winds of Winter,” the series will instead show fans a completely original storyline that even hardcore fans of the original books do not know about.
Additionally, HBO admitted that the decision for the show not to have any press review copy is a hard call for them, but the company is only taking care of the security of the season’s content, especially this time that there are many expectations, rumors, and speculations regarding the death of John Snowplayed by Kit Haringtonin the season 5 finale.
“It’s painful for Dan and David [when leaks happen],” Lombardo said. “When you have press copies, inevitably friends ask, ‘Can I see your copy?’ There are things that happen. We talked about the upsides and downsides. Some of the press are fans who might be disappointed, but they’ll understand.”
“Game of Thrones” will premiere its sixth season on April 24.