Game of Thrones season 5 hasn’t even premiered yet and already the melee has begun.
The first four episodes of the new season have leaked online and are flooding torrent and streaming sites. Two more episodes reportedly surfaced on private servers, though those reports have not been verified.
The episodes first appeared around 10pm ET Saturday and instantly electrified the torrenting Internet. “The first episode already has nearly 7,000 seeds and more than twice as many leeches on the site I use most,” one Reddit user reported. The leak left fans torn on whether to watch the episodes or wait the final day for them to air as nature and HBO intended.
Surprisingly, most fans seem to be declaring it’s not worth the hassle to risk malware and pirate a shoddy copy when the legitimate version of at least the first episode airs in less than 24 hours.