With the immense success of HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones,” there’s no surprise it’s been the talk of the town. Two of its latest episodes were leaked online ahead of their intended air date, and one of their stars seems to have had enough.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jamie Lannister, shared a piece of his mind. The actor expressed his disappointment over the leaks, as well as the personal information that were compromised.
“We had to set up all these email accounts [to get scripts],” Coster-Waldau said. “They had to be triple and quadruple [checked]. All this stuff, right? And, of course, now they have this big hack!” the actor went on to say.
“And then we get a call [saying], ‘They have all your information. And we’re not sure what’s going to happen’ What do you mean you don’t know what’s going to happen?‘ Well, we don’t know what’s going to happen but they have everything.’ Okay, great,” he added.
Despite his disappointment, Coster-Waldau raised a suggestion that could help prevent hacks in the future. The 47-year-old Danish said that the scripts should be physically hand-delivered to them, instead of being sent via email.
Earlier this month, Episode 4 was leaked to piracy sites a few days before its HBO premiere. The leak stemmed from Star India, which is HBO’s pay-TV distribution partner in the country. Variety reported that four people were already arrested in connection with the incident, and they are currently being held for investigation.
Meanwhile, Episode 6 was inadvertently leaked online last week. This time, it was HBO Spain that was the culprit. Moreover, Gamespot reported that “Game of Thrones” fan site Watchers on the Wall immediately broke the news for the fans’ benefit.
Late in July, it was reported that HBO became a victim of a cyber attack. Hackers were said to have obtained around 1.5 terabytes of data from the network, including written material concerning future episodes.