Game of Thrones is one of HBO’s most popular television shows that has garnered a worldwide audience. Every year, fans await the show’s newest season desperately and the internet is full of speculation and theories. But, due to its popularity, the show has also been subjected to numerous hacking attacks throughout its airing. In 2015, HBO suffered the most high profile piracy incident in years when the first four episode of the fifth season of Game of Thrones were leaked online. DVD copies of screeners were sent out to reviewers before the premiere as was the practice back then and this had become the source of the leak.
Since then, HBO had amped up its security and ditched the idea of sending DVDs for reviews. It is important to note that the leak does not seem to have any impact on the rating records as the episodes still managed to smash all old ones and replaced them with new records. The seventh season of Game of Thrones was highly anticipated as the series is drawing to a close and the show has moved ahead of the books. But, it seems that HBO’s security measures couldn’t hold up this year as it became a target of a cyberattack this week in which hackers made away with 1.5 terabytes of data. This included internal documents of employees, two episodes of show Room 104 and the script of Game of Thrones season seven.
A Reddit user had published the plot of the seventh season some 10 months ago, but it was deleted and was widely assumed to be a couple of theories, but most of them have turned out to be right. Nevertheless, the hackers first released the script of the fourth episode to be aired on Sunday, 6th August, which was confirmed by HBO, and said they would continue releasing data every week. It didn’t take long for information about other episodes being leaked as well, even though this hasn’t been confirmed by the network.
On top of that, 2 days before the fourth episode was scheduled to air, it was leaked through one of HBO’s distribution partner, Star India. They said they were investigating the breach and were taking it very seriously. In the meanwhile, let’s take a look at the predicted events of the remaining episodes:
Sam is going to leave Oldtown with Gilly and the baby and head to Winterfell. A raven will come for Jon Snow to inform him that Bran and Arya are at Winterfell. Jorah Mormont, whose greyscale has now healed at Oldtown thanks to Sam, will arrive at Dragonstone for meeting Daenerys. Tyrion and Davos will meet with Jaime and Bronn secretly and Tyrion will try to persuade his brother to convince Cersei to surrender the throne to Daenerys. Jaime is not going to listen to him.
Meanwhile, Sir Davos will come across Gendry and will invite him along to go to Daenerys. When Dany returns from attacking the Lannisters, Drogon is going to let Jon pat him, which will surprise her. When Tyrion says that the Lannisters don’t believe in the Others and will not join their fight, Jon realizes that he needs to bring proof of the Undead Army to unite everyone. Bran wargs into a flock of ravens to look for the Night King, who senses him. Bran realizes that he is closer to the Wall with his army and he will use the ravens to send messages throughout Westeros.
Littlefinger is also creating trouble in the North by telling everyone that Jon has abandoned them. When Sansa doesn’t seem in favor of Jon, Arya realizes that she wants the power for herself and she is not pleased because she loves Jon. Littlefinger is also doing his best to break the Stark sisters by giving Arya the letter Sansa wrote to Robb under duress. He is afraid of Arya as she doesn’t have an agenda.
Jon Snow is sailing to the Night Watch’s easternmost castle, Eastwatch-by-the-Sea for capturing a White Walker and present to Daenerys, Cersei and other Westerosi lords. There he finds Tormund, who has captured Beric Dondarrion, the Hound and Thoros of Myr and is keeping them in the dungeon. They want to go beyond the wall and after some discussion, Jon takes Jorah Mormont, Tormund, Beric, Gendry, Hound and Thoros for wight hunting. The Night King’s army attacks them, along with a zombie polar bear who kills Thoros.
Jon and his men are surrounded by the White Walkers on a frozen lake and are about to be defeated when Dany arrives to save them with her dragons. Most of the team is taken back to safety, but Jon is left behind. He is about to be killed by the encroaching hoards when he is saved by Benjen Stark, who tells his wounded nephew to go off on his horse. Viserion is killed by the Night King and is resurrected to be his dragon mount. During the episode, Jon will also promise Dany to give up his title of King in the North if she promises to help them against the White Walkers.
Sansa has come to her senses, thanks to Bran, and realizes what Littlefinger is trying to do. She sentences him to death with Arya as the executioner. Cersei is presumed to have miscarried when she wakes up in a bed of blood. Bran and Sam figure out that Jon’s real name is ‘Aegon’ and he is a legitimate Targaryen as Rhaegar and Lyanna got married. A flashback to their wedding is shown. Jon shows the White Walker at Dragonpit and Cersei is terrified, when it keeps moving despite being chopped off. Jon then demonstrates that it can only be killed with fire or dragon-glass. Cersei agrees to help. Tyrion talks to Cersei and she later tells Jaime she wants the undead to kill her enemies. Jaime is disgusted and decides to ride North. Season seven closes with Jon and Dany having sex on a boat while the Night King uses Viserion’s now blue flame for bringing down the wall.