HBO announces ‘Game of Thrones’ start date, ‘Boardwalk Empire’ ending

HBO is ready to control your leisure time in 2014, having announced yesterday that Game of Thrones will premiere its fourth season on April 6. The bad news, though: Boardwalk Empire will conclude with its final season this year.

Since making their Game of Thrones announcement, HBO has been touting a to-come trailer for the fantasy series, which is set to debut before the premiere of True Detective this Sunday. Described as the “first extended look at the new season and features new characters and episodic footage,” the trailer also potentially will be teased online, so look out. 

Unfortunately, though, as one show blossoms, another must wither—which, of course, is where Boardwalk Empire comes in. The hit drama’s fifth season, set to air this year, will be its last, as HBO announced at a Television Critics Association press tour stop yesterday. President of programming Michael Lombardo indicated there were no hard feelings, though, praising creator Terence Winter as have “created one for the ages.”

“We’re thrilled to get the go-ahead for a fifth season of Boardwalk Empire. After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we’ve decided to wrap up the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing it to a powerful and exciting conclusion,” he said.

To replace the series, HBO has greenlit several projects to debut this year, including Damon Lindelof’s The Leftover, Ryan Murphy’s AIDS drama, The Normal Heart, and Doll & Em starring Emily Mortimer. Game of Thrones, for its part, will be paired with Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley and the return of Julie Louis-Dreyfus in Veep

That ought to keep the pain at pay. If not, there’s always HBO GO. 

[Entertainment Weekly]