It looks like Game of Thrones will be returning later than ever next year. Interest in the HBO fantasy drama seems to be at an all-time high leading into season six, and yet the premium channel isn’t rushing it back on air.
Game of Thrones has debuted traditionally in late March or very early April, although season five debuted later than ever on April 12 and season 6 looks like it’ll be debuting even later, as much as it pains us to say.
However, last week HBO announced that its winter Sunday programming block of Vinyl, Girl sand Togetherness will have a deferred start of February 14; and scheduling for Girls and Togetherness‘s 10 episodes means that they aren’t expected to conclude until April 24.
While it’s possible that Game of Thrones could air with those comedies for two weeks beginning on April 17, it seems unlikely as HBO traditionally links its hit with spring comedies Veep and Silicon Valley.
Early May is accordingly looking the most probable time for us to at last learn Jon Snow’s true fate.
Rumours persist that this is to give author George RR Martin time to release the next book, The Winds of Winter, before the new series as it will deal with Jon Snow’s fate, hence allowing the novels to have the big reveal (whatever it may be) before the TV series.