Winter has come as Game of Thrones heads into its final season. The HBO series, based on George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire book series, has held fans in its grip since premiering in 2011. It’s become a cultural milestone, exemplifying the new golden age of television through complicated characters, creative storytelling, beautiful backdrops, and online availability. Game of Thrones fans have long awaited Season 8.
Where to Watch Season 8 of Game of Thrones
Season 8 of Game of Thrones premieres 9pm EST on Sunday, April 14. Expect this season to go fast, not only because there will be a lot of action as the story concludes, but also because there will only be six episodes in this final season. The first two episodes of Season 8 will fit into the normal hour time slot, while the final four episodes will pack approximately 80 minutes of drama into each show.
You can watch the HBO series directly through a cable or satellite subscription, with the option to watch on demand through HBO GO, or through the standalone streaming service HBO Now. You can also access HBO through paid add-on services on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Playstation Vue, and the Roku Channel.
Catching Up on Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones could be the last television show we watch together, so maybe it’s time to jump on board. If you want to binge some essential Game of Thrones episodes to prepare for the season premiere, check out Polygon’s 5-episode guide, 10-episode overviews from Screen Rant and Entertainment Weekly, or Vox’s lengthier comprehensive guide.
Even those who have been dedicated viewers over the last seven seasons may need a refresher before heading into Season 8. Screen Junkies has created a 53-minute recap of the series, and Man of Recaps offers a 30-minute rundown of the first seven seasons, while ScreenCrush offers a 12-minute synopsis for those with shorter attention spans.
As well as being a cultural phenomenon, Game of Thrones is incredible television. Season 8 will reveal who will ultimately rule Westeros, whether they are of the living or the dead. Game of Thrones begins its final season Sunday, April 14th on HBO.