It looks like Game of Thronescould be returning next season much later than we're used to.

Tim Surette, from our sister site, points out the mathematical inevitability. Consider the evidence:

Typically, Game of Thrones debuts its new seasons in late March or early April.

However, HBO recently announced premiere dates for new seasons of Girls and Togetherness (Sunday, Feb. 21) and the series premiere of Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger's Vinyl (Sunday, Feb. 14). Allowing for all three shows to run 10-episode seasons, HBO won't have a totally free Sunday night until May 1.

HBO announces premiere dates for Girls, Togetherness and Vinyl

Of course, Thrones could premiere on April 17 after Vinyl ends, but we're guessing that HBO will wait until the show can be paired with new seasons of Silicon Valley and Veep, both of which won't be able to assume their usual timeslots until Girls and Togetherness the end of April.

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