Mere hours after HBO set a premiere date for the fifth season of Game of Thrones, UK broadcaster Sky Atlantic has followed suit.
The channel has announced that, just as in previous years, they will air the new season within 24 hours of the US broadcast, with the season premiere set for Monday April 13th at 9pm.
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal. The series is a production of HBO Originals, with David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield serving as executive producers.
Very few details have been released about the show’s 10 episode fifth season. What is known, however, is that the new season will showcase the land of Dorne, which is ruled by Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig), older brother to the late Prince Oberyn Martell.
Other cast additions for the new season include Toby Sebastian as Trystane Martell, Nell Tiger Free as Myrcella Baratheon, DeObia Oparei as Areo Hotah, Enzo Cilenti as Yezzan, Jessica Henwick as Nymeria “Nym” Sand, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand, Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand and Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow.
That said, two series regulars will not be returning for the season. Kristian Nairn and Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who play Hodor and Brandon Stark respectively, will not be appearing in this new run of episodes, though they are expected to be back for the show’s sixth season, which HBO ordered back in April 2014.