Game of Thrones season 8

Game of Thrones season 8: When it starts, schedule and how to stream HBO without cable.

Winter is coming this spring. The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will be upon us on Sunday, April 14.

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In order to watch the comings and goings in Westeros as Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and the Starks line up against the Lannisters and the Army of the Dead (and their recently acquired dragon) — the final Battle of Winterfell is rumored to be insanely lengthy and excruciatingly bloody — you will need a way to watch HBO. Thankfully, there are plenty of easy ways to subscribe, even if you don’t have cable, starting with HBO Now and HBO Go.

Game of Thrones season 8 schedule

This last season will comprise six, supersize, hour-plus-length episodes. It will all be over — sniff — by mid-May.

Plan to clear out your Sunday evenings at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. Central) in the US, starting around tax day. Here’s the schedule:

  • Episode 1: April 14
  • Episode 2: April 21
  • Episode 3: April 28
  • Episode 4: May 5
  • Episode 5: May 12
  • Episode 6: May 19

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HBO’s main two streaming options

HBO Go

If you’re already a subscriber to HBO as part of a cable or satellite TV package, you get HBO Go for free. It lets you stream Game of Thrones along with the rest of HBO’s shows on supported phones, tablets, connected TVs and gaming consoles. Not only can you watch all seven past seasons of GoT with HBO Go, but you can live stream the new episodes as they air on HBO.

HBO Now

As opposed to the free streaming add-on mentioned above, HBO Now is a standalone subscription to HBO — no cable or satellite TV subscription required.

It costs $15 a month and lets you watch HBO via the HBO Now app or in a browser at HBONow.com. The HBO Now app is available on a number of devices, including mobile devices, smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku. As with HBO Go, you can steam the new episodes live on Sunday nights, the same time that they air on HBO.

Add HBO to a streaming service

You can add HBO to four of the TV streaming services below for an additional monthly charge. If you’re a GoT fan and also a subscriber to Sling TV or YouTube TV, then I’m sorry to report that you are out of luck; neither service offers HBO. Here are four that do:

Hulu

HBO is a $15-a-month add-on to any Hulu plan, which start at $5.99 a month.

Amazon Prime Video

Prime members can add HBO for $15 a month. A Prime membership costs $119 a year.

PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue’s priciest $80-a-month Ultra plan includes HBO (and Showtime), but you can also purchase HBO as a standalone channel for $15 a month — no other plan is needed.

DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now now includes HBO, but upped its price from $40 to $50 a month. It also dropped a number of other channels in the process, making it a bad streaming deal, even for GoT fans.

Game of Thrones in the UK, Australia and elsewhere

According to an HBO representative, Game of Thrones airs in all but four countries around the world — but not necessarily on HBO itself. In the UK, for example, HBO shows are on Sky Atlantic and Sky’s online services Sky Go and Now TV. In Australia, Game of Thrones airs on TV and online on Foxtel. In both countries the show airs at the same time as in the US (i.e. early Monday), and is repeated on Monday night.

And for the record, HBO restricts the use of VPNs used to stream any of the above services from outside the US.

The Best Reactions from People Who Watched the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere in NYC.

WARNING: Possible spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1 ahead.

  • Those who watched the first episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 at the premiere on Wednesday have shared their reactions on social media.
  • Sharing footage or spoilers was prohibited, but viewers still expressed their excitement on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Cast members also teased the episode, calling it “so goddamn good” and “fantastic.”

The world premiere of Game of Thrones’s eighth season took place on Wednesday night, giving a limited audience in New York City a first look at the show’s final chapter. Recording footage and tweeting spoilers were strictly prohibited, but viewers still couldn’t help sharing their excitement about Season 8, Episode 1 online. Luckily, most viewers have kept mum on exact plot points, but their reactions to episode do give us a hint of what’s to come. Here’s what they’re saying:

The episode “contains sooo much” in one hour.

Jason Momoa, who played Clarke’s onscreen husband, Drogo, in the first season, also shared his thoughts. “HOLY SHIT I saw Game of Thrones Mind blown. The greatest ever,” he said.

Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane) said, “The first episode was FANTASTIC!”

A more revealing review in The Telegraph teases that the episode is “heavy focused around reunions” and contains a “noticeably lighter, more humorous tone.” (Surprising for a show that’s involved so much death.) The piece is a bit spoiler-y, but if you dare to know more about what happens, read the full review here.

Fans can finally watch Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 1 when it airs next Sunday, April 14, on HBO.