There’s no denying that Game of Thrones fans don’t mess around. Viewers of the popular HBO series seem to be on the same page, and that page says that GoT is the best scripted show on TV. But every now and then some jerk comes along and ruins the fun for everyone. Case in point? Hollywood’s latest cyberattack.
Yep, HBO has been hacked, and upcoming episodes from a couple of the network’s series — allegedly along with at least one GoT script — have been leaked online according to Entertainment Weekly.
“HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information,” the network said via statement. “We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we sold.”
The hackers aren’t exactly shrinking violets, either. They’ve issued threats online that they aren’t finished yet. So far, they claim they’ve obtained stolen 1.5 terabytes of data.
In a mass anonymous email sent to reporters, the hackers bragged, “Hi to all mankind. The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening. What’s its name? Oh I forget to tell. Its HBO and Game of Thrones…..!!!!!! You are lucky to be the first pioneers to witness and download the leak. Enjoy it & spread the words. Whoever spreads well, we will have an interview with him. HBO is falling.”
This whole cyber-hacking TV shows garbage is getting a little old, guys — this is why we can’t have nice things.
If hackers are going to use their IT savvy to exact revenge, there are certainly bigger fish to fry. Besides, it sucks for unsuspecting viewers when they live in fear of discovering major series’ spoilers by simply glancing at their Twitter feeds.
If we had to look for a silver lining in this situation, we’d say that — if spoilers from GoT were forced upon us — it would be pretty badass to find out the upcoming season includes a few more Walking Dead Easter eggs.
ICYMI, GoT gave a little shoutout to AMC’s zombocalyptic series during the latest episode as Jon Snow worked to convince Tyrion Lannister that White Walkers are real. His exact words when referencing the ice giants were “Those… walking dead men.”
While it’s possible the phrasing was just happenstance, the internet swiftly proceeded to freak the fuck out. After all, these are two of the most widely anticipated and cult-viewed shows on television today. So while the HBO hack is horrible news and what we’re about to say may sound heartless, is it too much to hope for more crossover references in GoT‘s future?
Anything’s possible, and we don’t want to live in a world where you can’t dream about a nonsensical spinoff like The Walking Dead Game of Thrones.