Cyber hacking has become a serious danger to modern society; Clinton’s emails, the US election, and now HBO. In what some perceive is a fight against David Benioff and D.B.Weiss‘ commitment to a Confederate series, hackers have released different forms of information surrounding the ever popular Game of Thrones. Most known of the hacks was the script and subsequent episode leak of Season 7 Episode 4 late last week.
Despite the leak, many of us loyal viewers waited to see the spectacle of an episode in glorious HD; and boy are we glad we waited. The episode, titled “Spoils of War”, saw Daenerys Targaryen striking back at Jaime Lannister’s army in an epic battle, dragons and all. It netted 10.167 million viewers on Sunday, up 10% from the previous week and topping the season. Prior, episodes 1-3 grabbed 10.121 million, 9.284 million, and 9.258 million, respectively.
The latest wave of hacks on HBO have seen a plethora of information leaked, most dangerously the phone numbers and home addresses of cast and crew. In the wrong hands, such data may cause problems for high profile actors, more so than an episode synopsis could. The breach, which reportedly took six months, included a ransom request so the hack certainly isn’t over. In the meantime, I’ll continue to indulge in HBO in an orthodox manner.
Episode 5 of Game of Thrones is titled “Eastwatch” and will debut this Sunday on HBO and the following day on Sky Atlantic. Now TV also makes episodes quickly available.