The season consists of ten episodes. It began filming in late July 2015 and concluded on December 17, 2015. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss returned as executive producers and showrunners for both seasons five and six, having signed a new two-year contract with HBO in early 2014.
On March 27 2015, author George R.R. Martin said he would again not write a script for Season 6, as he wished to concentrate on finishing The Winds of Winter as soon as possible. On June 4, Miguel Sapochnik indicated he was already preparing to direct next season. Jeremy Podeswa made similar statements in June 12. On June 19, the showrunners confirmed that April Ferry would be the new costume designer for Season 6, replacing Michele Clapton, who decided to leave after five seasons. On June 22, newcomer Jack Bender announced he would direct two episodes for season six. The full list of directors and which episodes they would oversee was released in Entertainment Weekly on June 25. There are five directors, each doing two back to back episodes, as in Season 5. Jack Bender and Daniel Sackheim are working on the TV series for the first time, while the other three directors previously worked on the series in Season 5; none worked on the first four seasons.
In prior seasons, each episode was followed by an \"Inside the Episode\" video featurette also posted on HBO's website, in which the showrunners discuss story elements and the filming crew discusses the practical challenges of actually filming it. In Season 6 this was split into two separate featurette series: the \"Inside the Episode\" featurettes are now much shorter, primarily consisting of the parts with the showrunners discussing the story; meanwhile, the much longer sections focusing on set production, stuntwork, and on-location filming are now a separate featurette series called \"The Game Revealed\" - a five-part docuseries. \"The Game Revealed\" is split up into five installments, each covering two episodes of Season 6 in order. The new slimmed-down \"Inside the Episode\" featurettes only featuring the showrunners (and some cast members) discussing the story are now integrated into the HBO Now online player, so they play immediately after the main episode's credits end. Meanwhile, \"The Game Revealed\" featuretttes are also on the HBO Now player but as separate video files. Taken together, both featurette series give as much information as the old \"Inside the Episode\" featurettes, the new version simply splits up the content: the first focuses on story ideas, the second on how the filming crew realized it.
A direct to DVD movie, Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, was also released and it was later re-edited for television and aired as three episodes: \"Stewie B. Goode\", \"Bango Was His Name Oh\", and \"Stu & Stewie's Excellent Adventure\".
FOX celebrated the 100th episode episode as \"Stewie Kills Lois\", although the three episodes that made up the DVD movie weren't included in their \"official\" count. They also counted the hour long episode Blue Harvest count as two individual episodes, explaining the differing episodes for the 100th show. This season had a shortened episode count due to the Writer's Strike. 153554b96e