January 8, 2016


'Game of Thrones' Sets Season 6 Premiere, Gets Two More Seasons

Courtesy of HBO
Courtesy of HBO

April 24, Westeros, see you there. (Because Game of Thrones' Season 6 premiere is on that fateful day. You get it.) 

You can expect, if showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss don't want to start a riot, to learn the true fate of Jon " Lord Commander of the Night's Watch" Snow by the end of that episode. Probably.

More news: The series is very close to getting renewed for its seventh and eighth seasons. Reporting from the Television Critics Association's winter press tour—a treasure chest of television developments—Entertainment Weekly and the Hollywood Reporter have both gotten wintry wind of the re-up. Back in 2014, HBO renewed the show for Season 6 and 7 in one swift blow as well. 

There's an extra great side to this, per EW:

"The show is not expected to have, we’re told, a seventh final season that’s split across two years—a scenario popularized by The Sopranos and Breaking Bad and frequently speculated as the most likely outcome for the intensely serialized series." 

As far back as March 2014, Weiss and Benioff were vocal about ending the show after seven or eight seasons. “It doesn’t just keep on going because it can," Weiss told Vanity Fair. "I think the desire to milk more out of it is what would eventually kill it, if we gave in to that.” Benioff added that he and his co-Thrones-er, in an effort to start laying tracks to the finish, sat with author George R.R. Martin and "literally went through every character['s story]."  

Season 5 wrapped at essentially the end of the fourth and fifth books, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, which feature concurrent plots. Season 6 will be the first to forge into unpublished territory, as the possibility of George R.R. Martin publishing the sixth and penultimate novel, The Winds of Winter, just became an impossibility. And no, there's no way you're more disappointed about it than he is.