Yep, the next 'Game of Thrones' episode leaked online

Stay off the internet ... except to read GoMN.

If you're a Game of Thrones fan you might just want to stay off the internet this weekend.

That's because episode 4 of season 7, due to air this Sunday night, has been leaked on the internet a few days early.

HBO's servers were hacked earlier this week, with hackers posting scripts from future GoT episodes and promising more would follow.

But Friday's leak apparently didn't come from that hack, with The Verge reporting it instead came from HBO's distribution partner Star India, which receives episodes in advance of airing it in India.

“We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our and the technology partner’s end to swiftly determine the cause," a statement from the company said. "This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action.”

Entertainment Weekly goes into detail about how much harder it is for HBO to protect episodes of a TV series than, say, a movie studio making a highly-anticipated film.

That's because it has a "complex distribution network" aiming to premiere the episodes on roughly the same day, same time around the globe to combat piracy.

So keep your eye out for spoilers the next couple days – and here's the official trailer for Sunday's episode if you need a GoT fix.

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