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‘Game of Thrones’ season 8 premiere leaked early on DirecTV Now and fans are losing it

HBO‘s final season of “Game of Thrones” is one of the most hotly anticipated premieres in TV history. The script and plot has been closely guarded, with actors, directors, and crew forced to sign NDAs to keep the season’s secrets safe.

Well, DirecTV Now accidentally jumped the gun by releasing the first episode a full four hours before the set premiere time of 9 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 14. The subscription service is owned by AT&T and includes HBO channels at a premium rate.

A screenshot of the episode of DirecTV Now. DirecTV Now/INSIDER A screenshot of the episode of DirecTV Now. DirecTV Now/INSIDER

No spoilers, but INSIDER confirmed the episode if currently available to stream. DirecTV Now/INSIDER Customers of DirecTV Now got a push notification around 5 p.m. EST letting them know the first episode of season eight was currently available. Fans were able to click in and play the entire episode, INSIDER confirmed, which has a current run time with previews of around an hour and five minutes.

People quickly noticed on Twitter and began to share screenshots of the episode to confirm.

We won’t include spoilers for the premiere of “Game of Thrones” in this post. DirecTV Now also did not have the title of the premiere episode, which was only called “Ep 1.” The full episode will be on HBO at 9 p.m. EST.

INSIDER has reached out to both DirecTV Now and HBO about the early start, and did not hear back at the time of this post.

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