First episode of 'Game Of Thrones' season 8 gets mistakenly posted early on a streaming platform

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 15, 2019, 09.56 AM (IST)

Winter came early for some fans as a streaming service leaked the first episode of 'Game Of Thrones' Season 8 around four hours earlier than its scheduled time. 

The first episode of season 8 landed on the AT&T-owned DirecTV Now around 5 pm ET, instead of its 9 pm ET premiere time on Sunday. The episode was live for some users for hours on DirecTV Now, before it was taken down. Get a quick recap of the series before you start watching season 8. 

Besides reports of the first chapter of the last season being live, some users reported that they received a push notification that the episode was ready to be viewed.

"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. Also see: Where will you see your favourite stars after the series finale

"When we became aware of the error, we immediately fixed it and we look forward to tuning in this evening," a representative for AT&T said.

Interestingly, AT&T also now owns HBO.

Whether it is hackers getting their hands on future episodes or castings, script summaries and marketing materials of the hit fantasy series, the show has also had a fair share of leaks in the past.

Directed by David Nutter and written by Dave Hill, the episode has a runtime of 54 minutes. 

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Besides reports of the first chapter of the last season being live, some users reported that they received a push notification that the episode was ready to be viewed.