'Game of Thrones' season 6 premiere update may be late April or early May 2016; new photos from the set in Northern Ireland

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Fans who have been anticipating the return of HBO’s widely popular series “Game of Thrones” may have to wait a little longer as speculations have it that the sixth season may premiere later than expected. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has greenlit the release date of a new drama titled “Vinyl” on the 9 p.m. slot of Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. The show has 10-episode order, presumably putting its finale on April 24. There are two more series, “Girls” and “Togetherness,” which will premiere their fifth and second seasons, respectively, on Feb. 21. These could push the premiere of “GoT” season 6 to later schedule, from the usual late March or early April to late April or even early May. 

The report added that it may be a good thing for the readers of the “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga as writer George R.R. Martin may be able to publish the sixth book, “The Winds of Winter,” before the TV adaptation has its opener. 

Meanwhile, avid supporters have been keeping tabs on the members of the cast to have possible spoilers on the fate of the characters they are portraying. 

Watchers on the Wall shares some photos taken by fans from the production set located in Northern Ireland. Tom Wlaschiha as the Faceless Man was spotted in Belfast while the place seems to be filling up with Dothraki warriors in what could be a huge scene involving the horse riders. Although not confirmed yet, newcomer to the show Joe Naufahu may become a Khal in a multi-episode arc. 

Another fan was able to capture some images of the props used in Saintfield where there is an apparent battle that both have the Northerners and wildlings. The dummies as corpses have sigils from Houses Umber, Bolton and Karstark while interestingly, there is also a burnt cross with a featureless human replica placed in an upside down position.

More information are expected to be revealed in the following months.