Every year HBO used to send copies of Game of Thrones episodes in advance to media outlets for advance reviews. However last year those copies were leaked before the 5th season started and it was a huge mess.
As a result HBO has now decided that they won’t send any advance Game of Thrones Season 6 episodes to the press in order to maintain secrecy and ensure that there are no leaks. This move by HBO is something that’s different from how things usually operate but considering the bad experience from the last season, there has been a complete lock-down.
HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told Entertainment Weekly about this move and also the reasons behind it.
There will be no copies for review. It’s painful for Dan and David [when leaks happen]. When you have press copies, inevitably friends ask, ‘Can I see your copy?’ There are things that happen. We talked about the upsides and downsides. Some of the press are fans who might be disappointed, but they’ll understand.
For the first time Game of Thrones show is going to move past the books and HBO wants to make sure that there are no leaks. HBO has already been teasing the fans by releasing multiple teasers like the Season 6 teaser trailer or 1st set of photos from season 6 or the Hall of Faces teaser. We can give more examples to show that HBO wants to make sure that the fans are excited about the new season and there’s nothing that comes in between to spoil the excitement before the Game of Thrones Season 6 premiers.
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