Game of Thrones season 8 premiere was accidentally leaked early

Dan Seddon
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From Digital Spy

The fiercely-anticipated first episode of Game of Thrones season eight became available earlier than scheduled for DirecTV Now customers.

HBO premiered season 8's opening episode on Sunday night (April 14) at 9pm, but the AT&T-owned service accidentally uploaded the show four hours earlier at 5pm – according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Several DirecTV Now users reported that they received a push notification of the episode's availability, before it was taken down soon after.

An AT&T representative said: "Apparently our system was as excited as we are for Game of Thrones tonight and gave a few DirecTV Now customers early access to the episode by mistake.

"When we became aware of the error, we immediately fixed it and we look forward to tuning in this evening."

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Meanwhile, Pilou Asbæk has teased that his character Euron Greyjoy has huge "moments" in the fantasy series' final season – but how long will his Ironborn villain survive?

Game of Thrones season 8 airs on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK. Tune in to Digital Spy's Game of Thrones livestreams on Monday evenings, straight after each episode, on Instagram and Facebook.

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