Winter is finally here! Game of Thrones season 8 is on the air, and hopefully it will give us the satisfying end we have been waiting for, and leave at least some of our favourite characters alive to tell the tale.
But if you don’t have a TV, or don’t have cable TV, how can you watch the final season of Games of Thrones, and binge on the previous seasons to pick up on all the Easter eggs people are talking about online?
Sorry Netflix lovers, Game of Thrones is not available on Netflix, and is unlikely to be available on that streaming service any time in the near future. But you still have lots of options for watching.
Game of Thrones is made by the cable network HBO, and you can subscribe to the network and watch their shows on demand without a full cable subscription. You can sign up for a one week free trial, and after that you are looking at $14.99 per month. We are only looking at 7 episodes, so if you time your free trial carefully, you may only need to pay for one month. Find your HBO package here.
Streaming service Hulu has a deal with HBO, so you can also access Game of Thrones through your Hulu account. Plans on Hulu start at $5.99 per month, but then you need to add HBO. Again, you get a one week free trial, but after that you are looking at $14.99 a month. But this is a great option if you are a Hulu user and like the platform. Find your Hulu HBO package here.
Amazon Prime Video
Much the same as Hulu, Amazon has an arrangement with HBO, and you can add HBO to your Amazon Prime Video subscription for $14.99 per month, after enjoying a one week free trail period. Find your Amazon HBO package here.
PlayStation Vue is pretty much a full-blown cable subscription, so this is quite an expensive way to get your hand on Game of Thrones. You will need to pay $44.99 per month, but then you will also get a full package of other channels. Surprisingly, you don’t need a PlayStation device to get one of these subscriptions. Find your PlayStation Vue Package here.
Of course, all of these options only work if you are in the United States. If you are in the United Kingdom, your best option is to stream Game of Thrones is Now TV, where you can watch the current series and all the previous episodes. This service also offers a 7 day free trial, but after that you are looking at £7.99 per month. Find your Now TV package here.
Get Up to Speed
If you don’t have time for a marathon re-watch every episode before getting stuck into season 8, iO9 has put together a 90 second video recap for each season to get you up to speed, and put together quite extensive notes.
The one where the hand of the king dies, Ned Stark travels from the North to become the hand of the king, but then the king dies. His son, who is actually not his son but the child of incest between the queen and her twin brother, the kills Ned Stark because he is a brat. We also learn that Winter is coming, and Daenerys transforms from puppet princess to fire queen. Watch the full recap.
The one where Tyrion saves the day as hand of the king, but gets no credit. Caitlyn Stark kidnaps Jamie Lannister to trade for her daughters but Ayra is doing fine on her own. Daenerys finds herself a big army of eunuch warriors. Ron Stark becomes King on the North. Watch the full recap.
The one with the red wedding – that is all! Also, Jamie loses his hand, Ayra goes off with the Hound, we meet the Boltons, Jon Snow goes over the wall, and Daenerys conquers loads of places. Watch the full recap.
Joffrey dies and Tyrion is blamed and forced into exile after killing his dad. Sansa escapes the Lannisters and Ayra leaves the mainland. Daenerys practices being a queen. Jon Snow fights the Wilding with the help of Stannis Baratheon. Bran goes beyond the wall to find the man who will teach him to be the three eyed raven. Watch the full recap.
Cersei battles with religious fanatics and her daughter-in-law. Sansa marries Ramsey Bolton. Stannis dies after killing his own daughter. Tyrion ends up with Daenerys, who ends up in the clutches of the Dothraki. Jorah gets grayscale. Ayra starts learning to become a faceless assassin. Jon Snow teams up with the Wildlings to fight the White Walkers, but the rest of the Night’s Watch don’t like it and kill him. Watch the full recap.
Jon Snow comes back to life, leaves the Night’s Watch and goes back to save his home from Ramsey Bolton and become King of the North. We learn why Hodor is called Hodor, and that Jon is a Targaryen. Ayra starts getting her revenge. Cersei blows things up and becomes queen after her last child dies. Daenerys rescues herself with dragons and finally makes her way to Westeros. Watch the full recap.
Daenerys arrives in Westeros, but it doesn’t go well. After Jon Snow refuses to ‘bend the knee’, they manage to make an alliance and hook up. Daenerys goes beyond the wall with Jon to fight the While Walkers and one of her dragons dies… but comes back. They show the threat beyond the wall to Cersei, who promises to help, but no one believes her. All the living Stark children finally reunite in Winterfell. Watch the full recap.
Now there is nothing left to do but spend an agonizing seven days waiting between each new episode as they are released!