We could also probably argue the hacks and leaks have only increased hype for Game of Thrones this season, especially - ironically enough - on social networks, so it's probable that HBO will just weather the storm, though I believe HBO is working with law enforcement.
Given that we've only got eight episodes yet to air of the main Game Of Thrones series (unless you count a leak as an airing), fans are going to need a quick turn-around on confirmation of what comes next, and HBO would be silly not to quickly capitalise on Thrones fever to whip up some easy marketing too.
Plans for "Confederate", a show about an alternate history in which the southern states won the Civil War, have been criticized on social media, despite having both "Game of Thrones" creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss at the helm.
The group, who are calling themselves the Mr Smith Group, showed Mashable a number of newly leaked documents containing all kinds of information about new shows, such as the shooting schedules for West World and personal information of employees. "Mr Smith" has given Mashable the credentials to access for almost every HBO social media account.
The group claims to have access to "many HBO platforms" and warned: "Be ready for GOT S& E6 &E7 as soon as possible". Co-creator David Benioff revealed that "Game of Thrones" final season would be shorter than usual at the SXSW festival in March.
In earlier seasons, we'd spend all ten episodes watching characters travel, some not even getting to their destination by the end of the season.
For years we've been waiting for winter to come - and, finally, in season six it did. But according to the reports and rumors, the length of the episodes will be more.