Good news for Game of Thrones fans eager for the season to start: we have an official date for the premiere. The first episode of season 6 will air on Sunday, April 24th at 9:oopm. This date is far from surprising and has been the predicted start date for the season since other shows have been announced for the date as well, and the new series Vinyl is ending just before the end of April. Just over 3 months left until we all get our fix.
Speaking of the need for Game of Thones, there had been much speculation as to just how long the show would be on the air, but we have a bit more information on that now. HBO programming president Michael Lombardo announced that they were in talks to extend Game of Thrones for a seventh and eighth season. This goes against the pattern of past shows, such as The Sopranos and Breaking Bad which ended with a season broken up into two parts, which fans were beginning to suspect would be the fate of Game of Thrones as well. As of now the cast is only under contract for seven seasons, so we may see a few changes when contract negotiations start.
This goes against past statements from the show’s writers, both of whom had originally only wanted seven seasons (though whether or not that involved a long seventh season we can’t be sure). Season 6 is rumored to be a major turning point in the story, so it seems now that maybe one more year won’t be enough to cover what they wish to show us. Lombardo stated that he wants to see “atleast” eight seasons, but hopefully the decision rests solely with the writers. As much as I love the show, I would hate to see it overstay its welcome like so many shows have in the past. There is nothing worse than watching a favorite show go downhill because it has simply aired too long.