Game of Thrones viewers may have to wait longer than expected to find out the fate of Jon Snow. HBO has revealed its winter programming schedule and the lineup suggests that Game of Thrones may be pushed back past its normal late March/early April start date.
HBO typically runs two hours of original programming on Sunday nights. Beginning on February 14, those two hours will be occupied by returning comedies Girls and Togetherness, plus the debut of Martin Scorsese’s period drama Vinyl.
Estimating each series' season to be 10 episodes, and even assuming that new episodes air 10 weeks straight without off weeks, that still sees each series running through at least mid-April. HBO hasn’t announced an official premiere date for Game of Thrones’ sixth season, but it doesn’t look like there will be an opening in the network’s original programming block until late April at the earliest.
If this proves true, it also means that Game of Thrones’ sixth season will run into the summer months, instead of concluding in early June. It will be interesting to see if the change in seasons has any effect on the ratings.