The season one finale of “House of the Dragon” has been leaked online, HBO said, accusing its distribution partner in Europe, the Middle East or Africa (EMEA) of “illegal action.”
According to entertainment website The Hollywood Reporter, the 10th and final episode of the fantasy series was illegally made available on Friday ahead of its scheduled launch on Sunday.
An HBO spokesperson said the company is “aggressively monitoring” the situation and removing copies that have appeared on torrent sites.
“It appears to have originated from a distribution partner in the EMEA region. HBO is aggressively tracking and pulling these copies from the Internet,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
“We are disappointed that this illegal action has disrupted the viewing experience for the show’s loyal fans, who will see an intact version of the episode when it premieres Sunday on HBO and HBO Max, streaming exclusively in 4K,” the spokeswoman continued.
The eight-season run of “Game of Thrones,” the parent show of “House of the Dragon,” has also been marred by online leaks.
In April 2019, the second episode of the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” was released ahead of its scheduled broadcast time via Amazon Prime Video in Germany. A month later, the fourth episode also hit the internet in Thailand, hours before the premiere.
In 2017, an episode of “Game of Thrones” from the seventh season was similarly found on illegal torrent sites before its scheduled air date. At the time, HBO attributed the episode’s leak to being accidentally posted by a third-party vendor.
The first season of “House of the Dragon,” centered around the Targaryen dynasty, premiered on August 21. Starring Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint and Eve Best. a day later on Disney+ Hotstar.
Based on the novels by George RR Martin, the series was renewed for a second season five days after its premiere.