There will be fewer spoilers and less waiting for many Game of Thrones fans, with the news that season five of the fantasy drama is to be simulcast around the world.
The first episode of the much-anticipated series is set to debut in more than 170 countries at the same time on Sunday 12th April and will continue that pattern for the entire run. But there’s bad news for UK viewers, who will still be a day behind the original broadcast.
The hit HBO series based on George RR Martin’s bloodthirsty books has traditionally aired in America a day or two before making its way to Sky Atlantic in the UK, and months before it reaches some parts of the world (although the series four opener was simulcast in Britain and the US). But now every single episode of season five will air on the same date in most of the territories in which Thrones is shown, including Asia, Canada, most of Europe and Latin America. Just not in the UK.
“We are thrilled to see our international partners jumping on board to bring Game of Thrones, one of the most universally loved television shows in the world, to global audiences at the same time it airs on HBO in the U.S. It’s going to be a great season,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming.
It’s worth noting that if the show premiered on UK TV at the same time as it does in America, the time difference would still mean the date here would be 13th April, it would just be in the early hours of the morning. But Sky Atlantic has confirmed that the show’s original 9:00pm time slot stands.
“The series will premiere on Mondays at 9pm, as it always has,” a Sky Atlantic spokesperson told RadioTimes.com. “The only exception to this was the first episode of season four, which was premiered simultaneously with HBO.”
Game of Thrones returns to Sky Atlantic on 13th April