The Game of Thrones finale is obviously the main event on HBO, but Ballers and Insecure aren’t meant to be forgotten, either! Both shows have their own passionate following, and the two have benefited greatly in the ratings from airing following the fantasy epic.
If you’re looking to see Dwayne Johnson and Issa Rae tonight but are not watching Game of Thrones, the biggest bit of advice that we’ve got for you is simple: Prepare to do some waiting. Neither episode is going to be airing close to their standard start time. Game of Thrones s running 79 minutes tonight, and that is without including some of the bonus features. Tonight’s new episode of Ballers will therefore start at around 10:25 p.m. Eastern, whereas Insecure will be airing at around 10:55 p.m. ET. There is no episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, likely due to how late it would have aired had it come on the air. (Oliver will return to HBO on September 10 with another run of episodes.)
While you wait for these episodes to air, why not take a look at what’s going to be coming within some of these stories? For more on that, take a look at some of the HBO synopses below.
Ballers season 3 episode 6, “I Hate New York” – “With the owners’ meeting a week away, Spencer (Dwayne Johnson), Joe (Rob Corddry) and Mr. Anderson (Richard Schiff) head north in search of financing for a Vegas stadium. Larry (Dulé Hill) tests the limits of Charles’ (Omar Benson Miller) loyalty and patience; Ricky (John David Washington) gets a sobering diagnosis, and presses Jason (Troy Garity) to close a deal.”
Insecure season 2 episode 6, “Hella Blows” – “Finding herself without a car, Issa (Issa Rae) is met with disappointment as she maintains her roster. Molly (Yvonne Orji) frets about an important friendship while embracing something new. Lawrence (Jay Ellis) gets a rude awakening at work after pitching his app.”
Consider that promo above a bonus for those of you who are really impatient — and understandably so, given that 10:55 p.m. is a long time to wait for a new episode of anything. At that point, you’re almost getting into late-night! At least next week, you no longer have to worry about any of this. Thanks to Game of Thrones going off of the air, new episodes will resume airing at their normal time for the rest of the season. Ballers still has more episodes to go than Insecure, which is already in its home stretch for the season. (It only puts out eight episodes a year, which is probably easier to do creatively.)
For those of you who are bitter about having to wait longer for these shows to come on the air, the only thing that we can say in response is this: Thanks to Game of Thrones, these shows are getting huge levels of exposure that they wouldn’t have otherwise.
Be sure to come back later to this link — if you like Ballers, we will have some more insight on the show and what’s coming up. (Photo: HBO.)