HBO Locks Down “Game of Thrones” Secrets

HBO has opted not to hand out any advance episodes of the sixth season of its big-budget fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” a rare event.

Neither press nor Hollywood insiders will receive any episodes in advance – either via DVD or online screening – ahead of the season’s premiere on April 24th. HBO programming president Michael Lombardo tells EW: “We’re not sending out press copies this year, anywhere in the world. There will be no copies for review.”

This continues a content lock-down on the series which, with the upcoming season, will go beyond the point at which the books have been published thus far and so will be completely new to both readers and non-readers of George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels.

This follows in the wake of last year when HBO sent the first four episodes of the fifth season to its media distribution list, with the content leaking onto BitTorrent before the show’s premiere.