Game of Thrones, the season finale: How to watch and how to stream HBO without cable

After 8 years and 72 episodes, it’s hard to believe we have arrived at the end of Game of Thrones. There’s only one episode left to wrap up the arcs of the characters we’ve followed (well, those that haven’t already met a violent end) and the events we witnessed in Westeros. 

I’ll keep this spoiler-free in case you were dodging dragon fire last weekend and still have a little work to do before you get to the final episode (be sure to take spoiler precautions on social media). And if you are caught up, check out the trailer for the last episode.

In either case, you’ll 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. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the services featured on this page.

Online HBO options compared

*$25 monthly = 1/12 of annual $120 Amazon Prime fee plus $15 per month for HBO

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Game of Thrones season 8 schedule

This last season is composed of six supersize episodes. The premiere had the shortest runtime of the season at 54 minutes. Episode 2 was 58 minutes, and the final four are each roughly 80 minutes. It will all be over — sniff — on Sunday, May 19.

Plan to clear out Sunday evening at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. Central) in the US for the very last episode of Game of Thrones. Here’s the schedule:

(Episode lengths via EW.)

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HBO’s main two streaming options


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 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.

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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’re out of luck: neither service offers HBO. Here are four that do.

Game of Thrones in the UK, Australia and elsewhere

Game of Thrones, according to HBO, 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.

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Originally published March 5 and regularly updated as episodes air.

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