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A couple of TV seasons ago, HBO dealt with a huge leak of its popular series, Game of Thrones. The move prompted the network to button up and stop releasing press screeners before the episodes hit the schedule. However, now one Game of Thrones actor has accused the subscription cable network of leaking the episodes on purpose as part of a ploy to keep fans interested in the fantasy series. Here's what Alexander Siddig, who played Prince Doran on the hit series, had to say in a recent interview:
At the time, when the four episodes from Season 5 were leaked, HBO was adamant that the leak came from a press screener that was mailed out. That DVD screener then found its way onto the Internet, although the episodes were fairly low quality compared to the HD that most viewers are used to. However, Alexander Siddig told Startrek.com that he really believes HBO was responsible for the leak and then made sure a big deal was made of the leak after it happened, presumably to keep buzz up for the new episodes of the series.
The huge Season 5 leak is not to be confused with the reported leak of the Season 6 premiere, which literally was leaked by HBO's Nordic division when the company put up the episode too early on accident. That episode was quickly pulled, but not before a few pirates got ahold of it and disseminated it all around the Internet. That leak was reportedly an accident, as the Nordic version of HBO mistakenly scheduled the episode to go up 24 hours in advance. Theoretically, under Siddig's theory, however, that could all be a part of the buzz plan, too.
For his part, Alexander Siddig says that he cannot prove HBO is the master manipulator behind the leaks.
So, the leaks also could have happened exactly the way HBO said they happened, although that does put HBO in a pretty bad light in terms of competence. In some ways, it might be better to think of the network as a sneaky mastermind than a network that flubs the release of its most popular show two years in a row. Regardless one actual Game of Thrones actor is certainly speculating and even speaking up about what he believes. I guess we'll have to just wait and see whether a Game of Thrones Season 7 episode leaks before the actual premiere and draw our own conclusions accordingly.