Conleth Hill and Peter Dinklage in Season 5 of Game of Thrones.
Helen Sloan—HBO
October 29, 2015 4:21 PM EDT

Game of Thrones will probably return at least a little later than you expect.

On Thursday, HBO announced the February premiere dates for Martin Scorsese’s record label period drama Vinyl, along with the return of comedies Girls and Togetherness. Each show will air Sunday, Feb. 14.

What do those series have to do with Thrones? Quite possibly everthing. It’s the TV scheduling domino effect!

HBO usually airs its original programming for up to two hours on one night a week (Sunday) and Thrones tends to start after the network’s late-winter shows conclude — usually very late March or early April (last year Thrones returned April 6). No premiere date for Thrones has yet been announced. But given that the winter programs have 10 episodes each, Thrones couldn’t return in early April, or even mid-April, even if all three shows ran for 10 weeks straight. So we’re looking at late April at the very earliest.

This would also have the effect of pushing the Thrones finale deeper into summer than usual.

So all of us desperately wondering what’s going on at Castle Black are probably going to have to wait a little longer than usual. Knowing Thrones, which is coming off sweeping the Emmys this year, the wait will be worth it.

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