HBO believes that watching the episodes of Game Of Thrones' upcoming season six is not going to be enough for fans of the top-rated fantasy drama. So it has announced the launch of a post-GoT show in partnership with former ESPN host Bill Simmons who will be the executive producer.
After The Thrones will be aired on Mondays, a day after each new episode of the Game Of Thrones and will provide a recap of the previous night's show. It will also discuss theories and predict plot twists.
Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan from Simmons' new site, The Ringer, have been brought in to co-host the show, which will be available on digital services HBO Now and HBO Go along with HBO On-Demand. No information has been released regarding the post show airing on HBO but chances are it may be added at a later date.
The network's decision to create after-shows, and thus follow in the footsteps of AMC, which airs Talking Bad after Breaking Bad and Talking Dead after The Walking Dead, follows their announcement that no screener copies will be given out in order to prevent spoilers across time zones. The big question is, will HBO allow the show's hosts to criticise the episodes or will it simply be a plug?
Greenwald and Ryan has previously hosted Watch The Thrones, a podcast for Simmons' former site Grantland. HBO had signed a production deal with Simmons in July, which entails the presenter with having to host a weekly sports talk show, the details of which have not been made public yet.
The highly anticipated season six of Game Of Thrones will debut on Sunday 24 April on HBO.