HBO Spain Accidentally Aired the Next Episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ and Fans Are Freaking Out

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Kit Harington as Jon Snow on 'Game of Thrones.' Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO

Oops. HBO Nordic in Spain accidentally released an unaired, upcoming episode of Game of Thrones.

This season’s sixth episode, set to air on Sunday, August 20, first appeared on file-sharing websites and via a Reddit post on Wednesday, August 16. The episode was live for an hour before HBO caught wind of the accidental leak and removed the video.

“We have learned that the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO Espana platforms,” a spokesperson for HBO Europe said in a statement to Us Weekly on Wednesday. “The error appears to have originated with a third-party vendor and the episode was removed as soon as it was recognized.”

Fans of the medieval fantasy series took to Twitter to express their surprise.

The network confirmed that the episode’s unintentional release “is not connected to the recent cyber incident at HBO in the U.S.” in which hackers allegedly stole 1.5 terabytes of stolen data from the network’s servers and published Game of Thrones script outlines.

While the hackers did not leak full episodes, the hit show has been subjected to several leaks in the past. In 2015, hackers leaked the first four episodes of season 5 after gaining access to advanced screeners sent to members of the press. The following year, a HBO subsidiary accidentally released a season 6 episode one day early.

Game of Thrones airs on HBO Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.

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