Over the past few months, we have learned a lot about what to expect from Game of Thrones when it returns to HBO for Season 6. But one glaring omissions was when the show would actually be back on the air. Thankfully, the cable network has finally announced that fans will be able to revisit the land of Westeros for that unmissable first episode on Sunday, April 24. Praise the White Walkers! No, wait… In addition, dates for Silicon Valley and Veep were released, as well.
This will be the latest that the epic fantasy series has ever debuted, though it still fits right into the April slot that people expected it to fall into. (Season 3’s March 31 release is the exception there.) But expectations aren’t always proof, and there was worry amongst fans some months back that Season 6 might be delayed over the impending release of George R.R. Martin’s next Song of Ice and Fire book The Winds of Winter. Not only did that delay not occur, but Martin recently announced that the book will be delayed longer than previously thought anyway.
There is a lot coming in Season 6 for viewers to enjoy, including the return of a psychic-powered Bran and what will hopefully be a superb showdown between Cersei and Olenna Tyrell. And then, of course, we’ll probably get some kind of a concrete answer on that whole “Is Jon Snow alive?” thing that you may have heard about if you haven’t been under ten rocks for the past 7 months.
HBO wasn’t just forthcoming about Game of Thrones’ release news, either. The ratings juggernaut will be followed by the Season 3 premiere of Mike Judge’s geeky and foul-mouthed satire Silicon Valley. After that Season 2 quasi-cliffhanger left Richard’s position at Pied Piper in the air, we’ll hopefully get to see the tech-savvy quartet actually succeed wholeheartedly at something. But probably not.
That night will also see the return of Veep for Season 5 and will let fans in on exactly where Selina is going to be in the political system. Hopefully Hugh Laurie will be back for more, but he’s got a new project that may conflict with that. Regardless, as long as Gary Cole and Kevin Dunn are around, I’m there.
So just to reiterate, in case you hadn’t already marked it down on your calendar or carved it into your arm, Game of Thrones will be returning to HBO for Season 6 on Sunday, April 24, at 9:00 p.m. ET, followed by the Season 3 premiere of Silicon Valley and the Season 5 premiere of Veep. To see what other shows will be premiering and returning over the next few months, check out our midseason TV schedule.