NOTE: Some major spoilers for Game of Thrones’ most recent fifth season are present in this article
HBO has announced when we can expect our return trip to Westeros. Speaking at the Television Critics Association Winter Tour, the premium adult network confirmed that Game of Thrones will air its sixth season on Sunday, April 24th.
This comes on the heels of news that George R.R. Martin, the writer of the show’s source novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire, wouldn’t be finished the saga’s sixth book, The Winds of Winter, before the sixth season of Game of Thrones begins airing. This season will thus mark the first time that Game of Thrones is completely without source text to adapt, as the prior two seasons more or less covered the events of the fourth and fifth novels, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, respectively.
Game of Thrones’ sixth season will presumably pick up with the shocking conclusion of last season, which saw the death of lead character, Jon Snow, at the hands of the Night’s Watch, most notably. It’s also been confirmed that Stark sibling, Bran Stark, who was completely absent during Season Five, will return to the series during Season Six, sporting a new look to boot.
Along with cementing the return date for Game of Thrones, HBO also confirmed that their popular comedy series, Silicon Valley will return on April 24th, for its third season. Another beloved HBO comedy, Veep, was also given a return date of April 24th for its fifth season. Silicon Valley airs after Game of Thrones’ usual timeslot of Sundays at 9:00-10:00 P.M., between 10:00-10:30 P.M to be exact, while Veep follows Silicon Valley, in the 10:30-11:00 P.M. slot.
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