Why Game of Thrones won't leak this season

If you were looking for any sneak peeks about what's in store for the upcoming sixth season of Game of Thrones, you're out of luck.

HBO has revealed that they aren't letting the press view any episodes in advance in an attempt to keep any spoilers or leaks on a tight lock down.

The company's programming president Michael Lombardo told Entertainment Weekly, "We're not sending out press copies this year, anywhere in the world," and that there will be no copies of the hit TV show for available for review.

Last year season five was spoiled for many Thrones fans when four episodes leaked online before the shows premiere.

A scene from the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. Photo / HBO
A scene from the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. Photo / HBO

Season six will mark the first season to break away completely from author George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series, so fans who have read the fantasy novels will also be in the dark about what will become of their favourite Thrones characters in the TV series.

The show's creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss pushed for the no-screener policy, which HBO executives eventually agreed to, to help stop Thrones online leaks again.

"It's painful for Dan and David [when leaks happen]," Lombardo said. "When you have press copies, inevitably friends ask, 'Can I see your copy?' There are things that happen. We talked about the upsides and downsides. Some of the press are fans who might be disappointed, but they'll understand."

Game of Thrones returns on Sky's Soho channel on April 25.

- nzherald.co.nz

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