Game of Thrones made its epic return for Season 6 Sunday night with as many twists and turns as fans have come to expect from the Emmy-winning series. Thankfully, viewers have hosts Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan to help dissect all of the action this season with the new recap show After the Thrones. Starting today, fans can watch the first episode of After the Thrones for free on HBO.com, Facebook, and YouTube. The free sampling offer expires May 23.

New episodes of After the Thrones, a weekly show that takes a lively, humorous and sophisticated look at Game of Thrones, will be available on Mondays on HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO On Demand, as well as other affiliate portals. The first show to spring from HBO's new partnership with Bill Simmons, After the Thrones is hosted by Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan from The Ringer, Simmons' new content site. Each week, After the Thrones will recap the latest episode, explaining the who, what, when and where, exploring the complicated politics and history of Thrones, and offering absurd and not-so-absurd theories about future episodes.

Greenwald and Ryan, along with their "Small Council" of experts, will discuss the show as only they can. The executive producers of After the Thrones are Bill Simmons and BSMG President Eric Weinberger, with Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald serving as co-executive producers. Beginning with the Game of Thrones Season 6 premiere on April 24, each weekly edition of After the Thrones will be available on Mondays on HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO On Demand, as well as other affiliate portals. Playdates on the main HBO channel will be announced as they are confirmed.

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Greenwald and Ryan previously hosted Grantland's hit Watch the Thrones podcast, and currently host The Watch on Channel 33's podcast feed for The Ringer. Greenwald has established himself as one of America's premier television critics, and is currently working on the book "How To Watch TV" (Ecco Press). Ryan is the executive editor of The Ringer. The Watch was hailed as one of the best pop-culture podcasts on the Internet by Vulture and Entertainment Weekly.

Take a look at the first full episode of After the Thrones below, although you will have to subscribe to HBO, HBO Now or HBO GO to watch future episodes of this after show. It isn't known if this show will eventually feature any guests from Game of Thrones, but HBO recently announced that Game of Thrones will be renewed for Season 7, so it's possible that After the Thrones will also continue next season. While we wait for more details, take a look at the first episode of After the Thrones, and stay tuned for more on Game of Thrones as Season 6 continues.

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