After nine long years, countless deaths and scores of sex scenes, Game of Thrones is finally coming to an end. Game of Thrones Season 8 kicks-off April 15 with just six episodes, each with extended runtimes. HBO has previously revealed that the first two episodes will be around 60 minutes long while the final four are expected to clock in at about 80 minutes each. That’s almost a feature-length film every week.
So who will end up on the Iron Throne? Will it be Cersei? Daenerys? The Night King? Hot Pie? You won’t have to wait much longer to find out.
But without access to HBO, Aussies will need to watch Game of Thrones season 8 by other means. We’ve uncovered several (legal) options varying in price and proximity to the original U.S. air date. With zero chance of Game of Thrones making its way to Netflix, take a look below and decide which is the most convenient option for you to watch Game of Thrones Season 8 in Australia.
Foxtel’s streaming service will make the latest Game of Thrones episodes available within hours of airing on HBO in the U.S. You will need to sign up for a Foxtel Now Starter Pack priced at $25 per month with no lock-in contract. If this is your first time, you can sign up for a ten-day free trial and sneak in two episodes before billing commences.
The Foxtel Now app is available on iOS, Android, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Google Chromecast and basically any other device that has a decent app store. Or, you can purchase the optional Foxtel Now box – a digital hub priced at $99.95 that features Foxtel Now built-in, plus a free-to-air tuner, Google Play store access and Chromecast.
If you need to watch Game of Thrones immediately, a standard Foxtel subscription is for you. The Pay TV service is airing each episode of GOT at 11 am AEST Monday mornings throughout the final season at the same time as HBO in the U.S.
Foxtel is the Australian home of HBO and has broadcast Game of Thrones since debuting in 2011. It’s also the most expensive option for watching Season 8.
The good news is that Foxtel currently has a special offer, looking to capitalise on GOT and the 2019 football season. Until April 30, you can package the Sport, Drama, Entertainment and HD bundles for $58 per month on a 12-month contract. That’s guaranteed Game of Thrones access without the need for a decent internet connection, and you also save $30 per month. Plus Foxtel is waiving installation and iQ4 set-top box fees. iQ4 will also allow you to record GOT if the 11 am or 8:30 pm repeats are inconvenient.
A Foxtel subscription includes exclusive access to the Foxtel Go app so you can stream your favourite shows on the go, including streaming Game of Thrones seasons 1-7.
iTunes and Google Play
It’s hard to say precisely when Game of Thrones Season 8 makes its way to iTunes and Google Play. If previous seasons are anything to go by, the latest episodes will become available within hours of airing on Foxtel. Priced at around $2.99 each for standard definition and $3.99 for HD, purchasing the episodes individually as they become available is a reasonably affordable way to catch the final season. Plus both platforms have all previous seasons available for purchase.
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
The PlayStation Store and Xbox Marketplace are expected to make the final episodes available at the same time as iTunes and Google Play. So if there’s a gaming console connected to your TV, you are already good to go. Previous Game of Thrones episodes are priced between $3-$4 each, so it’s safe to say the final six will be priced the same. Both the PlayStation Store and Xbox Marketplace have seasons 1-7 available for purchase.
We’ll update this article once we have an exact time of when the final episodes will reach these platforms.