Walking Dead ALERT: Fans given online piracy warning ahead of HUGE season 9 ...

Walking Dead viewers are gearing up for the hugely anticipated episode 5 of season 9.

The unmissable instalment of the zombie epic will see Rick Grimes - who has been on the show since episode one - make his dramatic Walking Dead exit.

How Rick departs the Walking Dead remains to be seen, but fans thinking of illegally watching the season 9 episode have been warned.

AMC, the makers of The Walking Dead, make it much harder to watch the show illegally thanks to a number of anti-piracy measures.

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One of these measures is adding secret, invisible watermarks on episodes of their shows.

These invisible, identifying digital features are added to every AMC episode before they get distributed by forensic watermarking firm NexGuard.

The marks are added to help AMC identify and track down where leaks happen and who is responsible for them.

However, despite this there will always be those that still try to illegally download, stream or distribute popular shows like The Walking Dead.

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And those Walking Dead fans have been

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