HBO is keeping Game of Thrones Season 6 very, very close to the vest.
The Emmy-winning HBO show is all caught up with the Game of Thrones books it’s based on — which are written by actual wizard George R.R. Martin. It’s the first time in the show’s lifespan where hardcore fans who enjoy the books are also left to ponder what’s next in the series. The upcoming sixth season is around the corner and now is typically when entertainment journalists get DVD screeners to the first few episodes. But this year, HBO isn’t sending those screeners, leaving us press people needing to tune in to the premiere like regular folk on April 24.
“We’re not sending out press copies this year, anywhere in the world,” programming president of HBO Michael Lombardo told Entertainment Weekly. “There will be no copies for review.”
It’s an uncommon move, especially with such a big name series, but given the cliffhanger ending to Season 5, it’s not a surprise. The fate of a certain Jon Snow has been up for feverish, tireless speculation for a year. The momentum the show has in its impending return could be undercut by one Twitter-happy spoiler.
Is Jon Snow dead? Is he alive? What about Sansa and Theon? Is Arya Daredevil now? Is the show just going to kill everybody? Even if we could tell you, we can’t. HBO isn’t sending us screeners.