Now that we’ve finally arrived in 2016, TV talk can safely shift to from the shows closing up shop in December, to the onslaught of premieres and returns on deck. We’ll have to wait until February the latest Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, but thankfully, the prolific host has a short segment to tide us over, and remind us it’s okay to fail New Years’ resolutions miserably.
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Just before the New Year, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin alluded to a possible update on The Winds of Winter, the sixth novel in his series dangling precariously ahead of its HBO counterpart. Well, that update is finally here, and fans of the Song and Ice and Fire series may not like what they have to hear.
As we ascend into 2016, anticipation only grows for the upcoming sixth season of Game of Thrones, itself the furthest beyond author George R.R. Martin’s published works yet. It had seemed increasingly unlikely Martin might publish sixth novel The Winds of Winter ahead of the HBO series, sparing literary readers some potential spoilers, though the author at least hints an update will arrive soon.
Even as Bran’s northern journey ranked among the less compelling Game of Thrones plots over the years, his Season 4 arrival at the Three-Eyed Raven signaled a much more momentous turn ahead, albeit at the cost of Isaac Hempstead Wright sitting out a season. Now, with Bran’s return confirmed, Wright teases visions of Westeros’ past, present and future, potentially some major mythology for the series.
Earlier today, Game of Thrones offered our first official look at Season 6, namely the continued story of a character surpassing author George R.R. Martin’s published material. More and more, HBO’s adaptation moves beyond its literary inspiration, while Martin’s past comments suggest that a myriad of “distraction” prevent his writing, including the sixth Song of Ice and Fire novel, The Winds of Winter.
As if the space between Game of Thrones seasons didn’t make it apparent enough that its young cast would age quicker than their literary counterparts, Isaac Hempstead Wright’s Season 5 absence set up an even more jarring change. Now, Bran Stark is back and bigger than ever in our first official Season 6 photo, with a brand-new haircut to boot.
The Walking Dead may pack conventions just as well as the world of Westeros, but there’s no denying Game of Thrones as the biggest show in the world right now. Case in point, HBO’s epic adaptation has snagged a fourth year as TV’s most pirated series, while newcomers like Supergirl also eke their way onto the list.
As weird as it still feels to think of Sesame Street on HBO, the educational gang have officially made their big move ahead of the January 16 premiere. Then again, why tell you how to get to the new Sesame Street, when we can show you in a new trailer and poster?
HBO’s The Wire famously shifted focus to different corners of Baltimore between seasons, but did you know creator David Simon based the series on his real-life time as a police reporter? Or that many real public officials and criminals actually played themselves? Get ready to hit them corners, as the 37th episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?’ goes all in the game for HBO’s The Wire!
So much of Game of Thrones Season 6 has already been spent unraveling one death or another, but it seems Season 5 will give us at least a few back. Pedro Pascal returns to Game of Thrones for a new animated featurette of the Season 5 Blu-ray, along with a number of other alum.