According to the website, the hackers are asking HBO for $6.5million (£5million) worth of bitcoin as a ransom, but, for now at least, it looks like HBO aren't going to be putting their hands in their pocket. We go back in October, so maybe in the next few weeks, we'll get the scripts and I'll find out. It was just a simple video from the set of season 7, episode 5, where Jon Snow just waves his cloak. So that means if filming starts in October, it won't be done until around April of next year - 2018.
Game of Thrones' final season now has a production start date. And it may take a lot longer than usual to make - the dragons are getting bigger after all.
Of course, HBO have said nothing of its scheme to release Season Eight. The hackers initially released a script of an unreleased Game of Thrones season 7 episode as well as unaired episodes of some of HBO's other shows.
In an urelated incident, HBO Spain accidentally made Episode 6 available for streaming - days ahead of its scheduled August 20 broadcast. But that doesn't count the three to four months of post-production, either. HBO hasn't released any official statements regarding the premiere date of the upcoming final season. IGN has reported that one of the spin-offs is being developed by Martin and Jane Goldman.
The spin-off won't follow Robert's Rebellion either, as the novelist said all the details of that will be out there by the time he finishes writing "A Song of Ice and Fire".