HBO has announced that the first episode of its new series, Vinyl, will air on February 14, throwing the premiere date for Game of Thrones season 6 into question.
The official HBO press release states that the first season of Vinyl, which will feature Game of Thrones actor (and WOTW Award winner) Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, will fill HBO’s Sunday 9 PM time slot from February 14 to April 17th.
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).
This time conflict pushes the start of the new Game of Thrones season later into the year than ever before. With the exception of season 3, which began in March, Game of Thrones has always premiered in early to mid April. At the earliest, episode 1 will air on April 24. However, HBO often leaves an empty week between its shows’ finales and and premieres. So, it’s quite possible that season 6 won’t begin until May.
Hopefully, Vinyl will benefit from its coveted time slot and find an audience and Game of Thrones season 6 will be worth the wait. Nonetheless, it’s a bummer that this new scheduling makes the wait for the next Game of Thrones episode, alas, even longer.