Is it really that shocking that the folks over at Game of Thrones would make an unprecedented move? HBO has announced that no advanced screeners will be going out to any press outlets during season 6 of GOT. It’s a move sometimes pulled by film studios expecting poor critic reviews, but in the realm of major tv series, this is a first. Especially after the first 4 episodes of GOT‘s season 5 found its way to torrent sites last year, it’s understandable that HBO would amp up their security measures. Plus, with all of the loose ends we were left with last season (mainly the fate of Jon Snow), it would be a shame if any plot points were spoiled.
Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, laid it out for EW:
“We’re not sending out press copies this year, anywhere in the world,”
“There will be no copies for review.”
On a more personal note, Lombardo added:
“It’s painful for Dan and David [when leaks happen],”
“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.”
For four years in a row Game of Thrones has taken the crown for the most pirated TV-show on the Internet. One would have to wonder if some HBO suits are finally fed up with unsubscribed viewers watching/sharing their #1 show, and this act is really just combat that the loss of subscription revenue
Or, perhaps, this is a stop-gap from the shows creatives from letting spoilers out into the world. Last season left into the question the fate of one of the shows most well liked characters – Jon Snow. They, and actor Kit Harrington, have been adamant that Snow’s demise is final. Fans, of course, don’t believe this for a minute; particular with the highly discussed lineage and future outlook of the character with the R+L=J theory. Atop that theory, Kit Harrington has been seen on the season 6 set. Of, course, the latter could just be for flashbacks but fans seem to know better. In any case, the confirmed fate of the character won’t be revealed until we’re into the thick of season 6. Given all the hype and fan theories abound, it’s easy to speculate how the shows creatives wanna keep a lid on things.
Maybe it’s a bit of both. What do you think? Does Snow live?
Season 6 of Game of Thrones premiers April 24th on HBO.