HBO has officially announced the date of Game of Thrones‘ return and as expected, it’s a little later than usual this year.
Season six of the popular adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels will begin on April 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In addition, other HBO programs Silicon Valley and Veep will return that night at 10 and 10:30 p.m., respectively.
This news comes hot on the heels of Martin’s confirmation that his sixth novel in the series, The Winds of Winter, will not be published before the next season of the show begins airing, leaving a giant question mark on the season’s plot. This will be the first time Game of Thrones has started a new season without a novel to adapt, meaning that there will surely be spoilers for Martin’s upcoming novel, which currently has no firm release date scheduled.
Given that nobody really knows what to expect from the new season, this could very well be the most anticipated in Game of Thrones history, as answers to lingering plot threads from Martin’s last novel, 2011’s A Dance With Dragons, will ostensibly be given. Only four months to go until the end of Jon Snow Watch.
In related news, HBO is also reportedly in talks with Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to renew the series for a seventh and eighth season. As reported previously, it’s expected that the show will run for a total of at eight seasons, although it’s still not confirmed whether or not the show will go beyond that number.