Updated: 17th February 2018

HBO announced the return date for ‘Game of Thrones’

Game of Thrones finally has a premiere date, solving at least one of the shows vast array of mysteries.

At the Television Critics Association winter press tour Thursday, HBO announced that Game of Thrones would return to TV on April 24 at 9pm, joining Silicon Valley and Veep in its Sunday night lineup. This confirms what some fans had already figured out: The season willdebut later in April than it has in previous years.

The message soon spread once Game of Throness social media accounts posted the date.

HBO programming president Michael Lombardo also told reporters that HBO was close to making a deal to renew Game of Thrones for two more full seasonsits seventh and eighth. Lombardo said back in July that Game of Thrones would air for at least two more seasons, but at the time it was unclear if it would be two complete seasons or a seventh season split in two halves, a la the final seasons of Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

One thing HBO isnt as open about? Whether the poster featuring a bloody Jon Snow means that the shows biggest character is returning.

I think it was just titillation in the purest sense and I wouldnt confirm or deny anything, but it worked very well, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler told Slashfilm.

H/T AV Club | Screengrab via HBO Go

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