With Monday morning's penultimate episode of the 7th season of Game of Thrones on M-Net (DStv 101) that was just leaked - by HBO itself - TVwithThinus watched it, and without any spoilers I can say:
Get ready for deaths, a really massive death that will lead to uncontrollable sobbing, and a relentless, action-packed "horror movie" episode that will leave you screaming and with frost bite at the end!
Yesterday HBO made a massive blunder when it accidentally released the 6th and penultimate episode of Game of Thrones in high definition in its HBO Spain and HBO Nordic territories in full 1080p quality.
Already the most pirated TV show in history, the leaked Game of Thrones episode, entitled "Death is my Enemy", was available for long enough for viewers to see it as an official broadcast, and for the shocking episode to be uploaded to the internet and shared on multiple platforms, faster than what HBO has been able to take it down.
Since Wednesday afternoon and into the night spoilers about the heart-stopping episode have flooded the interwebs as millions of viewers worldwide have started watching the episode on torrents, streaming and other sites.
In a statement Tom Krogsgaard Nielsen, vice president of public relations for HBO Europe says "we have learned that the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO Espana platforms.""The error appears to have originated with a third-party vendor and the episode was removed as soon as it was recognized."
Without giving away any spoilers, TVwithThinus call tell you to get ready for 3 deaths, a really big and shocking - although somewhat expected - death, and an even more fantastical "winter"outfit by Daenerys that will have spinsters worldwide immediately starting to work overtime to get it to cosplay conventions as soon as possible.
Game of Thrones is known for pain - inflicting as much gut-wrenching pain as possible on viewers, and the upcoming Michael Bay type action-loaded episode that clocks in at over an hour, spares no feelings.
Again, no spoilers, but here is what I can share and why you really, really want to watch this episode:
■ Get ready for 3 deaths. The last one is especially shocking.
■ Viewers already know from the end of the latest episode that Jon Snow has set of with a rag tag group of seven guys north beyond the great wall to go and capture one of the undead ice zombie creatures as proof that their whole world is under threat from the White Walkers.
It doesn't take any imagination to know that a dramatic battle between Jon Snow and his so-called suicide squad against the feared Night King and his White Walkers are coming.
Just like The Walking Dead you can get ready for a massive attack and creature fight. Obviously not every member of this group will make it out of this alive set at a frozen lake.
Imagine The Walking Dead crossed with the ice planet of Hoth, crossed with some Neverending Story and then you'll know what's waiting for you in the episode.
■ When the show started and had a small budget, it literally made clothes out of rugs from Ikea. Cue the next episode and see the spectacular, ongoing difference in what the Westeros characters are wearing. Auntie Joan would have been proud.
Daenerys looks jaw-dropping in an ultra-cool looking tailored, long-sleeved parka-type, arctic white-grey fleece fur dress. The perfect costume for riding a dragon!
■ Jon Snow will end up shirtless.
■ Somebody doesn't know what "dick" means in a hilarious conversation.
■ Newspapers from the United Kingdom to New Zealand are reporting that viewers are "sobbing uncontrollably". Game of Thrones viewers are utterly devastated after watching the episode.
■ Make sure you you go to the loo beforehand, have a blanket (not for warmth but for "scary protection") and stock up on enough food and drink rations.
The longer than usual episode (although the pace is incredibly brisk and the tension keeps building) clocks in at one hour and 6 minutes without any ads. And you're not going to want to stop and press pause (although I had to 3 times just to breath and manage the stress levels) for this nerve-wrecking experience.