Well, HBO can at least take some comfort from the very positive reaction to Sunday's leaked "Game of Thrones" Season 7, Episode 4, "The Spoils of War."

The network has been dealing with a hacking, and -- separately -- the leak of Episode 4 by Star India. The leak only happened a few days before this Sunday's August 6 episode (unlike the full season rundown that was posted many months ago). So fans didn't get a huge head start on the rest of us. But what they did see, they apparently loved, and teased like they work in HBO PR themselves:


Are they just trolling, or did they really watch and think it was one of the best yet? Probably the latter -- since it already sounds like it has potential to be iconic -- but we'll wait for this Sunday to watch with the majority of the fandom. "The Spoils of War" airs August 6 at 9 p.m. on HBO. In what may be an example of longer not always being better, this episode is said to be the shortest yet at only 50 minutes.

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Game of Thrones
HBOTVMAApril 17, 2011
Based on 12 critics

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