“Game of Thrones” fans will have to wait much longer than expected before they can watch season six of the Emmy Award-winning show.
HBO just announced that the new drama series, “Vinyl”, will premiere on February 2016, which means “Game of Thrones” season 6 will not kick off until May 1.
According to Vanity Fair, the 10-episode “Vinyl” will run from February 14 through April 17. HBO will take a week off before it airs the next season of “GoT.”
The HBO medieval-drama usually premieres late March or early April. Last year, its first episode aired on April 6. The latest the show has ever premiered was April 17, which was during its first season.
There are several speculations on why HBO decided to push back the “GoT” premiere, Vanity Fair noted. Some said this is to give author George R.R. Martin a little more time to release “The Winds of Winter,” in which season 6 is supposed to be based on.
Martin had previously revealed that HBO could air the final episode of GOT season six even before “The Winds of Winter” hit the store shelves. He also said that will not write a script for the upcoming season to concentrate in finishing the sixth book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series.
HBO does not usually air back-to-back dramas and preferred to pair their winter/spring shows with comedies such as “Veep” and “Silicon Valley,” Vanity Fair noted.
“Vinyl” will occupy “Game of Thrones'” time slot — Sunday at 9 p.m. It will be aired starting Feb. 14, while comedy shows “Girls” and “Togetherness” will return on Feb. 21, Huffington Post reported.
Martin Scorsese will direct the pilot of ’70s-set drama, which was crafted by “Boardwalk Empire” creator Terrence Winter. It will also executive-produced by Scorsese and Mick Jagger.
The casts include Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Juno Temple, Annie Parisse, and Andrew Dice Clay.
On “Vinyl” official site, it was described as new drama series set in 1970s New York and explores the “sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop”.