Yesterday, HBO confirmed that their flagship drama’s sixth season would be back at the end of April, keeping the Sunday night slot it’s held since the very beginning. Now Sky Atlantic has revealed the Game of Thrones Season 6 UK premiere date has been set for the following day, the last Monday of April.
*Spoiler Alert* Inevitably, we’re going to be talking about how Season 5 ended. So if you’re not up to date, then look away now.
Last season, HBO made the unprecedented move of simulcasting each week’s episode around the world in all available territories. Sky Atlantic were among the network’s partners, broadcasting the episode first thing on Monday mornings before showing them again on Monday night in their usual 9 p.m. slot. It meant that, if you wanted to, you could stay up late and watch it as it aired in America, ruling out the possibility of spoilers.
Sky has announced they will be doing the same again this year. So if you’re eager to avoid spoilers, like finally finding out about the fate of Jon Snow, then you’ll want to stay up and watch the start of Season 6 on Sky Atlantic as it premieres in the US.
The past is already written. The ink is dry. Game of Thrones Season 6 premieres in April, 2016.
Kit Harington is expected to return for at least one episode, and there’s obviously huge speculation that his character will be resurrected for more than just the season premiere. (Lady Melisandre, we’re looking at you.) Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Natalie Dormer, Liam Cunningham, Carice van Houten, John Bradley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Alfie Allen, Conleth Hill, Gwendoline Christine, Kristofer Hivju, Jerome Flynn, Hannah Murray, Tom Wlaschiha, Michael McElhatton, and Iain Glen all reprise their roles. Max von Sydow, Ian McShane, Richard E. Grant, Freddie Stroma, Rebecca Benson, Samantha Spiro, and Pilou Asbæk are among the new recruits.
On top of news of the Game of Thrones Season 6 UK premiere date, we’ve also heard that HBO is in talks for another two-season order that would see the series run until at least Season 8. The first four seasons were each ordered individually, before a two-season order for Seasons 5 and 6. Now it looks like the network is looking to do the same, ensuring showrunners and co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have absolutely nothing to worry about beyond making great television. We heard over the summer that their current plan is to have Season 8 be the final season, but HBO has said they’d be happy for things to continue beyond that. Either way, HBO president Michael Lombardo confirmed, via Deadline, that they’re in renewal discussions with Benioff and Weiss, and the plan is apparently for another two-season order.
Season 6 will be the first time readers of George R.R. Martin’s original novels will be finding out the fate of characters and plots alongside viewers of the series. Martin recently confirmed, as we were all expecting, that The Winds of Winter won’t be published in time to hit the shelves before the programme premieres on the small screen. So we’ll all be in the dark as much as each other every week.
Game of Thrones Season 6 premieres in the US on HBO at 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 24th. The Game of Thrones Season 6 UK premiere date is set for the exact same time on Sky Atlantic at 2 a.m. on Monday, April 25th. The episode will then be repeated at 9 p.m. that evening.
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