Game of Thrones, a show filled with characters who will do anything to get what they want, is not happy about rabid fans of the show doing anything they can to get what they want — new episodes from season six.
The show famously had the first four episodes of season five leak online around this time last year. When a full season is only ten episodes, that’s a lot! The source of that leak was press screeners, which are advance copies of the episodes released to the media in order to help them write timely reviews. As a result, HBO programming president Michael Lambardo has stated that the premium cable channel will not be offering out any press screeners for season six of the hit fantasy show.
“We’re not sending out press copies this year, anywhere in the world,” Lombardo told Entertainment Weekly. “There will be no copies for review.”
Season six represents the first time in the show’s history that there isn’t a book counterpart, as the television production has caught up with George R.R. Martin’s famously slow writing pace. Even book fans have no idea what might happen this season, and those are secrets that HBO desperately wants to keep. Most notably, there is a rampant speculation about the fate of fan favorite character Jon Snow, who may or may not have been stabbed to death at the end of season five.
Despite the lack of press screeners, which should at least keep the week-to-week events of the show a surprise for most viewers (good luck avoiding spoilers to everyone who can’t watch every Sunday night), the show will almost certainly continue it’s reign as the “Most Pirated TV Show of 2015” with this new season.