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Game Of Thrones: Season six UK airdate confirmed, HBO renewing the series through to season eight

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We'll have slightly longer to wait for Game Of Thrones than usual; HBO have moved their standard start of April airdate back to the 24th April. For UK fans, this means Sky Atlantic will air the new season on 25th April at 9pm, though the first episode will be simulcast once again, meaning if you want to stay up, you can catch it at 2am on Sky Atlantic.

And according to Deadline, HBO president Michael Lombardo has also gone on record to state the show is likely to be renewed for two seasons, with the eighth season likely to be the last.

Despite a couple of imposed deadlines, the author of the novels George R Martin has been unable to ensure that the next book in the Song Of Ice And Fire series The Winds Of Winter will be published before season six starts, meaning that this year we will see a lot more of the saga on screen before it hit the shelves.

There are a lot of big names joining the show this year, including Ian McShane, Max Von Sydow and Richard E Grant but the biggest debate is whether Jon Snow survived. We'll all find out this April.

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Based on the bestselling novel series A Song of Ice And Fire by George R Martin, HBO's Game of Thrones has revolutionised the fantasy genre for mainstream television. Now in its penultimate, seventh breathtaking series the show will bow out with a spectacular six-part finale in 2018...

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