'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Episodes Leak to Piracy Sites Ahead of HBO Premiere

April 12, 2015 12:29 PM

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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The first four episodes of "Game of Thrones" season five cropped up on on piracy networks late Saturday -- nearly a full day before HBO's scheduled April 12 premiere of the popular fantasy series.

The episodes appeared on torrent sites sometime between 9 and 10 p.m. ET Saturday. Through 7 a.m. Sunday, the leaked "Game of Thrones" eps had been downloaded by more than 550,000 individual clients worldwide, according to piracy-tracking firm Excipio. The pirated "GoT" episodes are legitimate copie...

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