Like Winter in the Seven Kingdoms, the final season of Game of Thrones is here. We've got all the details on where you can watch it live, online and free.
|Season||Provider||Find out more|
Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5, Season 6, Season 7, Season 8
|Foxtel or Foxtel Now|
Season 1, Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5, Season 6, Season 7
|Microsoft Films and TV|
Game of Thrones streaming fast facts:
- Game of Thrones Season 8 episode 6 will be available to stream on Foxtel and Foxtel Now from 11:00AM on Monday 20 May 2019
- Season 8 Episodes 1 to 5 are now available On Demand on both Foxtel and Foxtel Now
- Game of Thrones seasons 1 to 7 are currently available to binge on Foxtel
- Game of Thrones seasons 1 to 7 are also available to buy or rent on iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft Store and PlayStation Store
- Using the Foxtel Now 10-day free trial period allows you to catch up on the whole series for free, and then watch the final three episodes for a single month's fee.
After years of plodding along, putting all the pieces into place, Game of Thrones Season 7 came out of the gate with a fire in its belly, burning through the various plots with record pace.
And now Season 8 has arrived, promising to wrap up the epic fantasy show with fiery dragon battles, burnt White Walkers (hopefully) and a King's Landing climax that could go in any direction.
We don't have a lot of details on how the final season of this epic drama will end, since the cast and producers are keeping things under wraps. But now that S8 E1, E2 E3, E4 and E5 have officially hit the airwaves - and knowing E3 and E5 were overseen by the best ranked director in the series' history - it's clear that HBO has geared up Game of Thrones for a truly epic finish.
How many episodes are there in Game of Thrones Season 8?
Game of Thrones Season 8 only has six episodes, which is fewer than any previous season. However, the final four episodes will be significantly longer than your typical Game of Thrones episode, making the entire final season almost as long as Season 7.
These are the run-times for each Season 8 episode:
|S8 E1||11:00AM AEST 15 April 2019||54 minutes|
|S8 E2||11:00AM AEST 22 April 2019||58 minutes|
|S8 E3||11:00AM AEST 29 April 2019||82 minutes|
|S8 E4||11:00AM AEST 6 May 2019||78 minutes|
|S8 E5||11:00AM AEST 13 May 2019||80 minutes|
|S8 E6||11:00AM AEST 20 May 2019||80 minutes|
Watch Game of Thrones Season 8 on Foxtel
You can binge-watch all Game of Thrones episodes on Foxtel Now with the Essentials pack, priced at $25/month. The show is also available on demand to Foxtel subscribers.
If you want to watch the show live, Foxtel is your only option. New episodes first premiered on 15 April 2019, and continued every Monday from then on at 11:00AM AEST.
Foxtel has the exclusive broadcast rights for the HBO drama in Australia, so you won't find the series on competing streaming services like Netflix or Stan. Here's what's available on Foxtel and Foxtel Now - and if you are thinking of a GoT binge, you should first check out our ranking of all 73 episodes from best to worst.
- Game of Thrones Season 1
- Game of Thrones Season 2
- Game of Thrones Season 3
- Game of Thrones Season 4
- Game of Thrones Season 5
- Game of Thrones Season 6
- Game of Thrones Season 7
- Game of Thrones Season 8
Head over to Foxtel's official website for more information on signing up.
Purchase/rent Game of Thrones Season 8
Don't feel like getting a streaming subscription? Since Season 7 wrapped back in 2017, seasons 1-7 of the show are available to purchase in their entirety from digital retailers. Individual HD episodes cost about $3–$4, with an entire season priced at around $25–$28.
- iTunes: Seasons 1–7
- Google Play: Seasons 1–7
- Microsoft Store: Seasons 1–7
- PlayStation Store: Season 1–7
How do I watch Game of Thrones Season 8 in High Definition (HD)?
The Foxtel Now app on most platforms will allow you to stream Game of Thrones Season 8 in High Definition (HD). The app streams on-demand titles in 1080p and live/linear TV in 720p. So if you plan on streaming Game of Thrones Season 8 at the same time as the rest of the world, you will be watching in 720p. If you wait to stream it on-demand after the episode has aired, you can stream in 1080p. The Foxtel Now app will only stream in High Definition if your broadband speed is running at 7Mbps minimum, otherwise, it will default to a Standard Definition (SD) stream.
Foxtel Now allows you to stream in HD on most devices; Chrome and Safari browsers on PC and Mac, Telstra TV, PlayStation 4 and Chromecast/Airplay from iOS. At the time of writing, there is still no HD support for Android smartphones and tablets.
Watch every Game of Thrones Season 8 trailer and TV spot
What channel is Game of Thrones on in Australia?
If you're already a subscriber to Foxtel, you can watch Game of Thrones on the Fox Showcase channel. This channel comes included in Foxtel's Drama pack for Pay TV customers.
If you prefer to stream your entertainment, Foxtel Now's Essentials bundle also includes the Fox Showcase channel, so you can watch every new episode of the final Game of Thrones season.
What time does Game of Thrones air in Australia?
Episodes of Game of Thrones Season 8 will air every Monday at 11:00am on the Foxtel Showcase channel, beginning 15 April 2019. After its initial broadcast, it will become available for on-demand viewing and run again on the Showcase channel at 8:30pm later that night.
Why don't other services offer Game of Thrones?
Back in 2012, HBO offered the Australian provider, Foxtel, an exclusive output deal. This agreement granted Foxtel the first-run rights to HBO's stellar line-up, including, but far from limited to Game of Thrones.
Immediately, we saw the ripples of this decision impact our free-to-air channels as SBS had to pull the popular Boardwalk Empire and trash any plans for future re-runs on its network.
There was a time when you could pay for the latest episode of Game of Thrones on iTunes the day after it aired, but after Season 3, Foxtel and HBO's agreement stopped iTunes from fast-tracking episodes to Australian consumers. There were even whispers that HBO Now would be available for Apple TV users in Australia, but it never came and HBO went as far as "cutting-off" Australian VPN users. Whether or not Foxtel had anything to do with HBO Now cutting-off Australian geo-dodgers is anyone's guess, but Foxtel's statement below is dubious at best:
HBO license content on a territory by territory basis… This action has been taken by them to preserve that model. It is not specific to Australia. They do however regularly communicate with Foxtel about their plans.
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