While the fifth season of Game of Thrones officially debuted last night, many fans had already viewed the first four episodes after they were leaked online on Saturday.
The first four episodes were uploaded to various torrent sites on Saturday night, the producer of the series, HBO, confirmed in a statement to Mashable.
The leaked episodes, which are in 480p rather than the usual 720p or 1080p, appear to originate from a screener sent to reviewers ahead of the show’s launch, the report added.
Middle East fans of the hit series were able to view the first episode of the fifth season legally this morning, at the same minute as the United States.
In the season debut titled 'The Wars to Come', characters Cersei and Jaime adjust to a world without Tywin, Varys reveals a conspiracy to Tyrion, Daenerys faces a new threat to her rule, and Jon Snow is caught between two kings.