HBO has embraced the world of aftershow and announced “Game of Thrones” aftershow will premiere a day after season six debut on April 24.
According to Variety, the GoT aftershow will be launched in partnership with Bill Simmons’ website the Ringer. The show, titled “After the Thrones,” is the first to emerge from a deal the sportscaster and columnist signed last year with HBO, Variety noted.
“After the Thrones” will offer weekly recaps of episodes and attempt to contextualize events into the increasingly hefty mythology around the series, The Hollywood Reporter wrote.
The show will be hosted by Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan. The two also hosted the “Watch the Thrones” podcast for Simmons’ former site Grantland.
In July, two months after his departure with ESPN, Simmons inked a production deal with HBO. That deal includes plans for Simmons to host a weekly sports talk show that would launch this year.
The Game of Thrones aftershow will be available on digital services HBO Now and HBO Go, as well as through HBO On Demand. No linear telecasts for “After the Thrones” have yet been scheduled, but may be announced at a later date.
Rollingstone noted that the move has marked HBO joining the world of aftershows like AMC’s “Breaking Bad” has “Talking Bad” and “The Walking Dead” has “Talking Dead.” HBO earlier revealed that they would not be sending screener copies to TV critics and reviewers in order to avoid spoilers across time zones.
Meanwhile, HBO earlier released a new trailer for “Game of Thrones’” sixth season and it hinted more deaths are coming this season. It offered glimpse of the “biggest” battle scene yet that writer-producer Bryan Cogman earlier revealed, The Telegraph reported.
“Game of Thrones” season six will kick off on April 24 at 9pm on HBO in the US and will be simulcast on Sky Atlantic.