April 4, 2016


HBO & Bill Simmons Announce 'Game of Thrones' Recap Show

HBO's getting in the Talking Dead business, only about Game of Thrones rather than a show on AMC, which would be weird. Airing every week at some point closely following the latest Season 6 episode, After the Thrones will be hosted by former Grantland TV critic Andy Greenwald and editor Chris Ryan, under the banner of Bill Simmons' upcoming "digital venture" The Ringer. (Disclaimer: this writer formerly worked with all those people.) 

"Each week, After the Thrones recaps the latest episode, explaining the who, what, when and where, exploring the complicated politics and history of Thrones," HBO writes. It'll also get into the GoT theories that dominate the internet during the show's 10-week seasons. "An epic show deserves an epic conversation," reads a brief post on The Ringer.

The After the Thrones premiere is set for April 25; episodes will also be available via HBO's streaming and on-demand options. Greenwald and Ryan, who are co-executive producers alongside Simmons, confirmed on Twitter that frequent Grantland Throners Jason "netw3rk" Concepcion (a.k.a. The Maester) and Mallory "Mother of Dragons" Rubin are coming along for the ride in some capacity.

Greenwald and Ryan hosted Grantland’s Watch the Thrones and Hollywood Prospectus podcasts; they now do The Watch once or twice a week on the Channel 33 network, also presented by The Ringer.