A surgeon and part-time TV writer from Spain has been dropping spoilers in YouTube videos about unaired episodes of HBO's hit "Game of Thrones" supposedly fed to him by a source in the production crew, The Wall Street Journal reported.
And long before the wildly popular series' final show Sunday after eight seasons, Jose Señarís Romay, 47, had one more up his sleeve.
Last September, the gastroenterologist posted a video on YouTube in which he revealed what will be one of the most important plot twists in the final episode, the Journal reported. HBO, which has repeatedly forced him to take down the spoiler videos, did not make a move.
"If they took down that video months ahead of the premiere, they would be admitting that it's the end of the show," the doctor told the Journal. "They would ruin it themselves."
The in-house doctor for the Spanish variety show "El Hormiguero," who writes segments for the show about Japanese gadgets, and is known online as "Frikidoctor" — "friki" is Spanish slang for geek — began posting videos before the premier of season six of "Game of Thrones," the Journal reported.
He said he got an email at work from someone who claimed to work there, with details on plot developments. The source told him Jon Snow, who had been stabbed to death the previous season, would be brought back to life. Señarís relayed the tip on YouTube.
"I wasn't sure if any of it was true," he told the Journal. But hours after the video was posted, HBO filed a copyright infringement claim and the video was taken down.
"That's when I reached the conclusion that what I said in the video was correct," he said.
HBO removed two more of his videos that season. But for season seven, he again began posting videos with plot twists. This time HBO did nothing.
Then in late March, Señarís posted a video with detailed descriptions of scenes in the first episode. HBO immediately filed a copyright claim with YouTube and the original video was taken down. He ultimately signed a commitment to not disclose more details of unaired episodes March 30.
By that time, it did not matter, the Journal reported.