Is This the Real Reason the New Game of Thrones Season Has Been Pushed Back?...Game of Thrones may not premiere until May 1. The latest the show has ever premiered is April 17, and that was during its first season.
There are several reasons why HBO might have decided to monkey with their schedule this year, but the most popular guess among fans of the Game of Thrones books is that HBO is giving Penguin Random House and George R.R. Martin just a little more time to release The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, before Season 6 kicks off. There are actually plenty of clues to indicate that the book could be dropping in early 2016.
We’ve previously mentioned the possibility that HBO, as a courtesy to Martin, is trying to allow the author this last chance to tell the next chapters of his saga. Martin’s seventh and final book certainly won’t be out before Game of Thrones wraps up on HBO, so series creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff get the pleasure of being the first to conclude the Song of Ice and Fire saga.