Anyone following Game of Thrones well knows that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss believe the George R.R. Martin-adapted series will run for seven seasons, hoping to tell the complete, unpadded story. HBO execs have long been vocal in their desire for a longer run, but according to the man at the top, Game of Thrones may now run through Season 8.
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For months, HBO’s high-profile “Untitled Rock & Roll Drama” with Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese has pooled talent the likes of Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde, all without so much as the suggestion of a name. Now the pay cable network has finally gifted us with the simple-yet-perfect moniker Vinyl, also setting a 2016 premiere for the new music drama.
Despite everyone being more or less on an even keel now, Game of Thrones fandom has long been divided by viewers of the HBO series, and those committed to George R.R. Martin’s books. Spoilers fly in both directions, but a new official app from Martin’s Game of Thrones publisher enables TV viewers to sample the novels without fear of spoilers.
HBO’s geopolitical comedy The Brink seemed somewhat touch-and-go for a bit, as Dwayne Johnson’s Ballers picked up a Season 2 renewal, while Brink’s all-star cast of Tim Robbins, Jack Black and Aasif Mandvi drew closer to expiring contracts. That said, The Brink made it to the very edge with a Season 2 pickup, confirming its return for 2016.
Can it really be true? Has our long international nightmare ended? In the month or so since Game of Thrones Season 5 came to an end, fans and friends alike have scoured the world for every inclination that Kit Harington’s Jon Snow would return for Season 6 from a pointy end. Now, the actor has unequivocally been spotted returning to Belfast, Ireland, home to Game of Thrones filming, but what might it mean?
Game of Thrones conspiracy theory has hit a fever pitch months before Season 6 will ever air, as fans take every possible opportunity to dissect the fate of Kit Harington’s Jon Snow. Now, the “Jon Snow Lives” truther movement might have its staunchest supporter yet, as Melisandre herself, Carice van Houten insists Jon Snow must live.
Game of Thrones conspiracy theorists won’t pipe down until 2016 (and even then, probably never), but some spoilers are only too happy to smile for the camera. Take a break from your Kit Harington hunt, and check out which slain Game of Thrones star will assuredly return for Season 6.
Although it seems hard to believe, Game of Thrones has almost entirely caught up with George R.R. Martin’s novels in just five seasons. But there are a few things the show hasn’t yet really explored, and a very interesting new location for Season 6 might confirm a pretty huge theory fans have had for a long time.
HBO’s Westworld peeled back the curtain a bit this past weekend with the addition of new photos and some exclusive Comic-Con footage, but a 2016 premiere leaves room for a bit of turnover. Such seems to be the case, as the Jonathan Nolan-adapted project loses Lord of the Rings star Miranda Otto, but gains Eion Bailey, Jimmi Simpson and others.
The only unfortunate thing about Show Me a Hero is the realization that David Simon’s latest HBO enterprise is a limited series. Simon, who also created The Wire (aka the best television series of all time), returns to the network with Show Me a Hero, starring Oscar Isaac as a mayor struggling to do the right thing in a city that doesn’t want to let him. Oh, and he also has a real great mustache.