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Game of Thrones fans download leaked Season 5 episodes ahead of Sky Atlantic airing

By Nevin Farrell

Published 13/04/2015

Jon Snow in Game of Thrones season 5
Jon Snow in Game of Thrones season 5
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark. Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO
Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones season 5
Tyrion Lannister in Games of Thrones season 5
Myrcella Baratheon in Game of Thrones season 5
Sansa Stark and Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones season five
Carice van Houten as Melisandre. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Kit Harington as Jon Snow. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Ian Beattie as Meryn Trant. Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO
Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon and Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei and Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Dean-Charles Chapman as Tommen Baratheon and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister. Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO
Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell. Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO
Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand and Deobia Opaeri as Areo Hotah. Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO
Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Michael McElhatton as Roose Bolton, Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton and Elizabeth Webster as Walda Frey. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Conleth Hill as Varys and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO
Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow. Photo Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO

Game of Thrones returns to our screens tonight for a fifth series - but if you want to avoid the plot being spoiled, keep away from the internet and social media.

That's the advice to fans of the show, much of which is shot in Northern Ireland, after the first four episodes of the new season - nearly half of series five - were leaked online.

By last night, the number of downloads by fans wanting a sneak peek was expected to hit the million mark.

The leak is believed to have been sourced from a DVD screener sent to the media for reviewing.

The HBO smash is the most-pirated TV show in the world.

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Meanwhile, Game of Thrones star Kit Harington has apologised after there was uproar at comments he made about Belfast on an American chat show. The 28-year-old Londoner joked that Belfast is "wonderful for two or three days" and emphasised that he has spent five years filming in the city, drawing laughter from a studio audience.

Harington added: "They've got a wonderful tourist board.

"They celebrate three things, which is having the most bombed hotel in Europe, which is great… and they built the Titanic, which is a ship that sunk on its maiden voyage, and now they have Game of Thrones, the most depressing TV show in history. So it's a wonderful, depressing tourist board."

After a storm erupted over the remarks, Harington has now said: "At first I felt people had misunderstood it and then I realised I should apologise.

"I did not mean it to come across in any way derogatory of Belfast or snobbery of Belfast.

"I would hate to think anyone thought I thought that. Belfast is like a second home to me because I have been there for five years.

"That's why I thought I could get away making a joke."

He said he thought he could joke about the Europa Hotel and the Titanic because he once went on a bus tour of Belfast and similar gags were made by the tour guide.

Cashing in

Northern Ireland tourism has benefited significantly from Game of Thrones which is believed to the most popular TV series in the world. Scenes have been shot in a range of locations including Ballintoy, Cushendun, the 'Dark Hedges' in north Antrim and also in Co Down. When scenes are being shot on location in Northern Ireland special security personnel are in place to ensure the public and Press photographers don't snap the action to spoil the show. However, photographers have been able to capture scenes with long lenses from the top of nearby hills.

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