Is Game of Thrones Season 6 being pushed back? Watchers on the Wall, a site dedicated to Game of Thrones news, has just reported that HBO is in fact pushing back the premiere of the fan-favorite show. The first hint of this delay came when it was announced that HBO’s newest series, Vinyl, will premiere on February 14. The series will star Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, who ironically enough has actually appeared on the aforementioned Game of Thrones (as Karsi in the episode “Hardhome”). According to a press release from HBO, the first season of Vinyl will be the one filling HBO’s Sunday 9 pm time slot. The first season will last from February 14 to April 17th.
The following statement was included in the press release: “HBO has confirmed the February 2016 debut dates for the new series VINYL and the new seasons of the returning series GIRLS and TOGETHERNESS. VINYL kicks off its ten-episode season with a two-hour premiere, directed by Martin Scorsese, on SUNDAY, FEB. 14(9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT).”
The Internet is a flutter with this little piece of news because it pushes the premiere of the fantasy drama’s 6th season later than ever before. Game of Thrones has typically premiered around early April. The only exception being season 3 which premiered in March. Knowing how HBO sometimes likes to leave a week between premieres and finales of different shows, it’s entirely possible that season 6 won’t come until May. This makes the show a summer show rather than a midseason show.
Could this be an intentional move by HBO to stir up anticipation and excitement for the upcoming season? Or could it mean fans of Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series that spawned HBO’s show could finally see the release of the highly anticipated 6th book, The Winds of Winter? Only time will tell.