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Game of Thrones season eight's finale is due to air tonight as the world waits to see how the HBO juggernaut will end after a decade of (mostly) groundbreaking television. The simulcast between HBO and Sky Atlantic sees new episodes kick off at 9pm ET in the States which is annoyingly, 2am GMT. Game of Thrones season 8, episode 6 airs tonight at 2am on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV and will be repeated tomorrow at 9pm. The Game of Thrones season eight finale remains untitled at the time of publication with the name expected to be revealed post-broadcast. What time will Game of Thrones season 8, episode 6 be released?

Game of Thrones season eight, episode six will be airing tonight (Sunday, May 19) on HBO in America at 9pm EST. In the UK, Sky Atlantic and NOW TV will be broadcasting the Game of Thrones season eight finale from Monday, May 20 at 2am BST. Sky Atlantic will be repeating the Game of Thrones series finale on Monday, May 20 at 9pm BST for those who couldn't stay up to watch the episode. Game of Thrones fans in Britain can now either watch the series live as it airs in the early hours of the morning or when they wake up - but be sure to steer away from social media to avoid any spoilers. GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8, EPISODE 6 RELEASE DATE Sky Atlantic has confirmed it will be doing a social media blackout for 24 hours so as not to spoil the last episode for fans.

Boss of Sky programmes, Zai Bennett said: "If you're planning to use social media on Monday you'll have to be stealthier than Arya creeping into the godswood to avoid spoiling the ending of Thrones. Game of Thrones season 8, episode 6 will be the last instalment of the series Amid all the introductions to the then relatively carefree lives of the characters of Game Of Thrones, it was a bleak hint to those who tuned into the debut episode more than eight years ago that things would soon take a turn for the worse. With so many fans now willing to stay up into the small hours to watch new episodes in-time with the US, checking your news feed on a Monday morning is like navigating a white walker-laden minefield. U.K. fans watching the series send-off on Sky Atlantic will see ads for Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., BrewDog PLC's beer, Procter & Gamble Co.'s Gillette, the movie "John Wick: Chapter 3-Parabellum" from Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. "Game of Thrones" has averaged more than 6 million viewers for each episode on Sky Atlantic over the course of seven days, including traditional and on-demand consumption, according to the company.

The price of 30-second spots in "Game of Thrones" telecasts averaged roughly £50,000 ($63,980) this season, but has climbed significantly for the series finale, according to people familiar with the situation. "It's one of the most internationally successful and biggest shows ever, and to use it to sell toilet paper—I feel bad saying it now—it felt like something everyone would enjoy and laugh at," said Dave Price, executive creative director at McCann Manchester, the Interpublic Group of Co s. A five-part drama series about Chernobyl might sound like a recipe for unalloyed misery, yet thanks to a gripping screenplay from Craig Mazin and punchy direction by Johan Renck, this HBO/Sky production proved fatally addictive as it rushed us into the molten core of the story. Adding blood-freezing authenticity is the fact that the series was shot at the disused Ignalina nuclear power station in Lithuania, of very similar design to Chernobyl. "It's not a normal shoot day when you turn up to work, hand over your passport and they keep it," says screenwriter Craig Mazin, adding: "The size of this place is astonishing – I could understand how Chernobyl felt almost too big to fail." It is also the site for the final week of a five-month shoot on Mazin's five-part drama Chernobyl, which dramatises the catastrophic explosion of one of the reactors during a safety test at the plant in the early hours of 26 April 1986, as well as the ensuing fallout, clean-up and cover-up.

Mazin's project demanded such scale that the series needed not one but two behemoths behind it: Chernobyl is the first full co-production between Sky and HBO following a $250m (£193m) agreement struck in July 2017. Mazin says that, like most people, he was aware of the destruction in Chernobyl but didn't know why it had happened. To say Sky/HBO's new mini-series Chernobyl is thought-provoking would be like describing Usain Bolt as quite a fast runner, or the water under the Antarctic sea ice as a bit chilly. The catastrophic disaster that began with an explosion at around 01:15 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine on 26 April 1986, is graphically played out over the course of five one-hour episodes. If the rumour is true that governments around the world played down the horror of what happened that night in the new town of Pripyat (now abandoned) in order to safeguard their own nuclear power plans, then this series makes you understand why.

Image copyright Sky UK/HBO Image caption At least 31 people were killed and many more were injured in what was the world's worst nuclear power accident Image copyright Sky UK/HBO Image caption Valery Legasov (Jared Harris) headed the commission that investigated the Chernobyl nuclear power accident Image copyright Sky UK/HBO Image caption Lyudmilla Ignatenko (Jessie Buckley) is worried about her husband, Vasily, who was one of the first firefighters at the scene Image copyright Sky UK/HBO Image caption Soviet Deputy Chairman Boris Shcherbina (Stellan Skarsgård) was forced to choose between the state and the facts; here with Valery Legasov (Jared Harris)