'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Episode 2 leaked hours ahead of original air time

'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Episode 2 leaked hours ahead of original air time

Disclaimer: MEAWW has not included spoilers for 'Game of Thrones' Season 8 Episode 2 in this article. Episodic coverage will commence after the show airs in its scheduled 9 p.m. ET slot on HBO.

HBO's 'Game of Thrones' is perhaps one of the most anticipated shows on TV, and as much as creators David Benioff and DB Weiss have tried to keep spoilers at bay, the internet has always broken the show's secret pact. The trend of an episode being leaked just before its scheduled broadcast was revived as Episode 2 of 'Game of Thrones's Season 8 was leaked on Sunday.

Episode 1 was mistakenly released on a streaming website hours before the scheduled airtime (IMDb)

Benioff and Weiss had claimed prior to Season 8's premiere that they were doing everything to keep the episodes from getting leaked, but it seems fans once again will have to face the barrage of spoiler content online before the episode airs. 

Fans are completely baffled about how this could have happened.

This is not the first time that Season 8 leaks have disappointed fans. 

Last year, the script of the final season was somehow leaked and revealed the fate of Daenerys' (Emilia Clarke) now estranged son Viserion. 

It would be pretty advisable to put in place a social media blackout since some fans are already posting spoilers online. 

Some fans are planning to go offline until the show airs in order to avoid spoilers (IMDb)

The second leak in Season 8 came as the first episode was available on streaming website DIRECTV Now four hours ahead of its scheduled 9 p.m. ET airing time last Sunday. 

At the time, a spokesperson for AT&T said in a statement, "Apparently our system was as excited as we are for ‘Game of Thrones’ tonight and gave a few DIRECTV Now customers early access to the episode by mistake. When we became aware of the error, we immediately fixed it and we look forward to tuning in this evening.”

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