Game of Thrones series five to start on April 12

Winter is coming… well, spring actually. HBO has confirmed that series five of Game of Thrones will start on April 12 in the US.

Sky simulcast the first episode of the fourth series last year, though it hasn’t said whether it will do the same for series five. Fingers crossed.

The first episode will be followed on HBO by the series premieres of start-up satire Silicon Valley and political satire Veep.

Many expect HBO’s streaming service to debut alongside the new series of the broadcaster’s fantasy epic. Though it hasn’t made an official announcement yet.

Like series four, series five will comprise 10 episodes. It will star Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, Natalie Dormer, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, among others.

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Game of Thrones has won 10 Emmys. It also picked up the rather dubious honour of being the most pirated show in 2014. Such is its popularity that when it broadcast the first episode of series four, Sky’s Now TV service went down as it struggled to meet demand.

If you want to see episodes nine and 10 from series four on the big screen, as well as a trailer for series five, head down to your local IMAX cinema between January 23-29. Game of Thrones is the first TV show ever to be granted an IMAX screening.

The episodes that will hit the big screen are The Watchers on the Wall and The Children.