Unfortunately, I’m here to deliver some devastating news. Game of Thrones fans, the fantastical sixth season of GOT may be airing later than you think.
On Thursday, HBO announced the February premiere dates for Martin Scorsese’s record label drama set in the ’70s called Vinyl alongside the return of comedies Togetherness and Girls.
Vinyl begins Feb.14 with a two-hour series premiere and the comedies are set to launch one week later.
Why does this matter? Well, they’ve created the TV scheduling domino effect, according to Entertainment Weekly.
HBO is known to air its original shows for up to two hours on one night per week (Sunday) and Game of Thrones usually begins after the late-winter shows wrap up. HBO has yet to announce a premiere date for the series. But winter programs normally carry 10 episodes each, so GOT couldn’t return around its normal time, early April.
The show couldn’t return in mid-April either, even if all three shows ran for 10 straight weeks. This means that late April would be the earliest fans would see what’s been going on in the throne-seeking world.
Technically, it could return on April 17 if it was paired with the comedies for two weeks. That would only be true if HBO decided not to run the program alongside Veep and Silicon Valley. However, they generally run their spring programs side-by-side, and it makes sense.
Huffington Post reports that HBO generally leaves one week between the winter and spring seasons of shows. So this could really push the date back.
A later premiere would mean that the show would continue later into the summer as well. So all of us hopelessly devoted fans wondering what really happened to John Snow are going to have to wait longer to find out.
Likely, it will be worth it. Come on, this is Game of Thrones we’re talking about!
And let’s not forget how excited we are and how great it is going to be. Season 6 is the first season to feature material that hasn’t been exposed in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books. Plus, no one is sure when the next book in the series, The Winds of Winter, will be released.
Many believe that Martin is working hard to release the book before the next season in order to keep the show from revealing the book’s details. Maybe this is why the show is airing later? Maybe Martin told HBO when his book would be out and they scheduled around it? Who knows.