‘Game of Thrones’ star is certain that HBO leaked episodes themselves

Were the season 5 leaks all a publicity stunt?

According to the former ruler of Dorne, Actor Alexander Siddig who played Prince Doran Martell in Seasons 5 and 6, episode leaks are great for creating hype around a show, fundamentally implying that the show is too good to wait for the people to watch it.

Do you remember that the first four episodes of season 5 were leaked, about a week before it was about to be launched?

Most of the people assumed HBO stemmed from a preview screener, but Prince Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig) has a different story.

In a recent interview with StarTrek.com, he opened up about the intense secrecy surrounding the show, suggesting the network actively sends out misinformation in order to misdirect fans.

'Game of Thrones' star is certain that HBO leaked episodes themselves

He told StarTrek.com

“…secrecy is kind of understandable, but also there is an element of hype about it that makes it… the more secretive it is, the more special it is. And certainly Game of Thrones plays that. They misinform the crowd and they give them tidbits to send them in wrong directions. So, for example, last season, I believe that the first few episodes were stolen and downloaded online, and everybody got to see them before the show actually aired, and everybody was furious at HBO and whatnot. I don’t know if you remember.I am almost positive that those four episodes were leaked by HBO themselves. So there is an enormous amount of spin going on. I can’t tell you that for sure; that’s just my opinion, but it’s games; everybody’s playing these games.”

After the leaks occurred the media was quick to speculate that hackers had been behind the breach (or the Church of Scientology). HBO’s explanation would come two days later:

“Sadly, it seems the leaked four episodes of the upcoming season of Game of Thrones originated from within a group approved by HBO to receive them. We’re actively assessing how this breach occurred.”

Siddig spoke unusually candidly for a Game of Thrones actor, but then again, the show did massively underuse him and then promptly kill him off, which he was less than delighted about.


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