Game of Thrones season 8 trailer showing dragons
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HBO’s Game of Thrones returns for season eight on Sunday, April 14. The series broke piracy records because HBO once made it so difficult to watch online, requiring a cable TV subscription. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case.

There are more ways than ever to watch the final season of Game of Thrones—and every other season, too if you’re not caught up yet.

This article focuses on solutions for people in the USA. Unfortunately, HBO restricts HBO Now and HBO Go to the US. You’ll have to look up how to get access to HBO in your country unless you want to get creative with VPNs and gift cards.

HBO Now – $14.99 per month

Game of Thrones streaming on a laptop
HBO

You can still get an HBO subscription through your cable TV provider, but that’s no longer the only option. Now, you can head to HBO’s website and subscribe to HBO Now for $14.99 a month—with a free seven-day trial.

This subscription gives you access to the HBO Now applications on a wide variety of platforms. Whatever TV, game console, phone, tablet, or computer you want to watch HBO on, HBO probably has an app. That includes Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android, iPhone, iPad, and the HBO Now website on Windows PCs and Macs.

Through the app, you can watch Game of Thrones live as it airs. In the USA, that’s at 9 p.m. on Sunday.  You can also stream the entire Game of Throne series—and anything else offered by HBO—on demand after it airs, whether that’s later that night or the next day— as long as you can avoid spoilers until then.

Season 8 of Game of Thrones has six episodes, so you’ll only need two months of HBO Now to watch it. Heck, if you wait a week before watching the first episode and snag seven-day trial before paying for a month, you can watch the entire season for just the cost of one month. That’s not a bad deal.

If you feel more comfortable, you can also pay for HBO through Amazon Prime, Hulu, or the Roku Channel—all of these options will cost you the same $14.99 per month, however.

HBO Go – If You Already Have a TV Subscription

Game of Thrones episodes for streaming on HBO's website

If you’re already paying for HBO as part of a cable or other TV subscription in the USA, you can log into the HBO Go app to watch Game of Thrones and other HBO shows online.

HBO Now and HBO Go are basically the same app, but HBO Go is the app you use if you pay for HBO through a cable provider in the traditional way.

Buy Episodes – If You Hate Subscriptions

Game of Thrones for sale on Apple iTunes

You can buy episodes of Game of Thrones just like any other show, but we expect season 8 won’t appear on various online stores until it’s finished airing. That makes this a poor choice if you want to watch along with everyone else.

Entire Game of Thrones seasons are sold on stores like Apple iTunes, Amazon.com, YouTube, and Google Play as well as other stores like the Microsoft Store and Walmart’s Vudu. They may be available for sale in countries outside the USA where you can’t subscribe to HBO Now, too.

The full Game of Thrones series (without season 8) will set you back $159.99 on iTunes, YouTube, or Google Play, while individual seasons will cost you between $20 and $25. These are prices in the US stores and will vary in other countries. Assuming season 8 costs about the same, buying Game of Thrones episodes would cost you about as much as paying for an entire year of HBO Now. On the one hand, you can watch those episodes for years to come without paying for a subscription. On the other hand, your subscription gives you access to a wide variety of other shows and movies on HBO.

Even if you’re already caught up and have watched season 7, it’ll be cheaper to pay for a month of HBO Now than to buy season 8 by the time individual episodes are available for purchase.

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