Spoilers are coming: the real significance of the Game of Thrones leaks


(Original post at The National Student)

Unless you’ve been offline for the past month, chances are you’re aware of the Game of Thrones leaks.

The fantasy drama is one of the most popular shows ever made, and with every new season there comes a spike in online piracy. HBO’s flagship programme is the world’s most pirated TV show, and the seventh season has been plagued by hackers and accidental leaks from the company’s international offices.

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Broadchurch: Season Two, Episode One

“I can’t do this alone.”


Rarely do shows embed themselves in the national consciousness to quite the same level as Broadchurch managed in 2013. The murder of Danny Latimer (Oskar McNamara) was hailed the best whodunit of the year by critics and audiences alike, earning the show a second season and numerous awards, including the BAFTA for best drama series.

Understandably, the return of the surprise summer hit on Monday night was about as hyped as it was possible to be- the plot was so secret that even the main cast members have no idea how it ended. Even more surprising, then, is the fact that the show is thus far living up to expectations- for the most part.

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