The network confirmed the news today, and the order of the lineup is going to remain the same: “Game of Thrones” (season 6), “Silicon Valley” (season 3), and “Veep” (season 5). The only real change is that this is the latest in the year the three shows has premiered since this lineup first started to take shape a couple of years ago.
So why have we morphed into a late April launch as opposed to late March / early April? It stems mostly from a trio of factors:
1. HBO NOW – Last year, the streaming service caused a small delay in the premiere dates for all three shows, and that was something that apparently the network wanted to stick to this time around.
2. “Vinyl,” “Girls,” and “Togetherness” – This is HBO’s winter lineup, and it is beginning a little bit later than usual in mid-February. There has to be proper time given for these shows to wrap up.
3. The Winds of Winter – This may be one of the bigger factors of all. We know that many George R.R. Martin fans wanted to see the book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series come out before the sixth season, since “Game of Thrones” is now officially ahead of the books in many aspects. Unfortunately, the author announced over the weekend that the book will not be ready in time.
We don’t meant to be insulting to “Silicon Valley” and “Veep” by making most of this article about “Game of Thrones,” but that’s probably how HBO is looking at this. The fantasy epic is their most successful series ever, and it will have the biggest marketing push.
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