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The wait between seasons of Game of Thrones always feels like a lifetime (spare a thought for fans of the books), and the rumour mill is already working overtime in advance of the eighth and final season.
There is no legal way to watch Game of Thrones for free online in the UK. But you can watch it for a low cost with Sky’s streaming service, NOW, or at a low cost per episode from Amazon Prime.
As of June 2018, subscribers to NOW are able to watch episodes of Game of Thrones whenever it suits them. When you subscribe to NOW, you can register four devices and watch on up to two at the same time, so you can even enjoy episodes on the go. To watch Game of Thrones on NOW you will need to subscribe to its Entertainment Pass at £9.99 a month. There’s no contract, so there’s no commitment and you can cancel at any time. Needless to say you don’t just get Game of Thrones – the pass gives you access to a number of live channels which aren’t available on Freeview, like Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, FOX, MTV and Viceland, plus over 300 box sets on demand.
Another popular option is Amazon. Although Game of Thrones is not currently included in Amazon Prime Video (which is free to Amazon Prime members or can be subscribed to separately), the good news is that Amazon Instant Video does have Game of Thrones, and anybody can buy it by the episode (HD for £2.49) or a series at a time (prices vary, around £15). Alternatively, you can catch the whole show on iTunes (HD for £2.49) or Google Play (SD for £1.99).
Currently Game of Thrones is not on Netflix no matter which country you are accessing the service in.
The service works similarly to other streaming services like Netflix in that you stream video content directly through your internet connection, but with NOW you can be more selective about what you pay for – an Entertainment Pass will give you access to a large catalogue of TV shows while Cinema, Sports and Kids passes are available separately.
There’s also the option to buy a NOW box, the perfect option for those who don’t already have a smart TV but prefer to watch on a bigger screen. Priced from £14.99, this device links with your NOW Pass and makes it possible to stream live, catch-up and on-demand content on your TV at home.
Since 2010, Sky has owned exclusive UK and Irish rights to the entire HBO archive, including new programming. So not only does Sky broadcast some of the nation’s favourite TV shows through the Sky Atlantic channel, but the Sky-powered streaming service NOW tends to get Game of Thrones episodes as they’re released.
Unfortunately, subscribers to other TV providers like BT TV and Virgin Media are unable to view the Sky Atlantic channel. There’s no need to worry, however, as NOW is available to everyone and accessible on a variety of devices, including smart TVs.
Watch Game of Thrones: Season 1 (S01) (2011)
Available on NOW.
|The first season already carries a heavy dose of the mix of action, violence and suspense that has made Game of Thrones famous worldwide.|
When Ned Stark, head of the most powerful family of the North, is appointed King’s Head by his old friend King Robert, he thinks he’ll be able to change things for the better in the Seven Kingdoms.
But Queen Cersei has a terrible secret, which sets into motion a complicated series of events that will change the lives of the Starks forever – and ultimately sink the Seven Kingdoms into chaos.
Meanwhile in Essos the Targaryen family is exiled and defeated, but not extinct. Prince Viserys is organising his sister Danaerys’s marriage with Khal Drogo, hoping that in return his army of horse warriors will allow him to get the Seven Kingdoms back….
Watch Game of Thrones: Season 2 (S02) (2012)
Available on NOW.
|With both Robert and Ned dead and cruel Joffrey Lannister on the throne, the Stark family is scattered across the Seven Kingdoms.|
Robb and his mother Catelyn are at war with Lannister since the North has proclaimed itself independent, Sansa is a prisoner at King’s Landing and dreads the moment she’ll have to marry Joffrey, and young Arya has embarked on a long and perilous journey towards the Wall.
There, Ned’s illegitimate son Jon Snow has joined the Night’s Watch, which is tasked to guard the Wall and protect the Seven Kingdoms from the dangers that threaten them from north. But Jon is captured by the Free Folk during an expedition and will have to face difficult choices.
Meanwhile, King Robert’s brothers Stannis and Renly also believe they have a right to the throne of the Seven Kingdoms, and are getting ready for war.
Across the sea, Daenerys’ husband Khal Drogo is dead, but she has given birth to three dragons – the first the world has seen in decades – and is more determined than ever to get the Seven Kingdoms back…
Watch Game of Thrones: Season 3 (S03) (2013)
Available on NOW.
|Developing a soft spot for any GoT character is always a bad idea, but that’s especially true in the third season, which is basically a bloodbath. You have been warned.|
Robb Stark fights to bring Lannister’s enemies together, but he loses important bits of his army and is ultimately betrayed by his own family.
At King’s landing, Sansa is now to be married to Tyrion, Cersei’s brother. Her sister Arya is still on the run and is captured by the Brotherhood Without Banners, an outlaw group working against Lannister.
Jon Snow pledges his loyalty to the head of the Free Folk and falls in love with wild Ygritte, but his duty at The Wall is far from over.
Danaerys is trying to get herself a proper army to land in the Seven Kingdoms, but will end up becoming a queen on the wrong side of the sea along the way…
Watch Game of Thrones: Season 4 (S04) (2014)
Available on NOW.
|Things become even more complicated in season four, when King Joffrey is killed at his wedding – is his uncle Tyrion the actual murderer and will his brother Tommen be strong enough to take his place?|
Sansa escapes King’s Landing and takes refuge at her aunt Lysa Arryn’s house. Arya is captured by the Hound, that wants to ransom her to her aunt, but their journey doesn’t go as planned and she ultimately manages to escape.
Jon is back to The Wall, where he has to face the consequences of his time among the wildlings, who are now getting ready for war.
Danaerys now rules over three cities in Essos, but struggles to find balance between doing good by her people and keeping her power. In the meanwhile, her dragons are becoming increasingly harder to control…
Watch Game of Thrones: Season 5 (S05) (2015)
Available on NOW.
|Despite House Lannister having wiped out House Stark, the war is far from over in the Seven Kingdoms during season 5.|
Stannis Baratheon is fighting the Free Folk at the Wall, while also getting ready to make a move on King’s Landing.
The Lannisters have to face enemies both from the outside and the inside when a new religion becomes popular in the city and demands for the King’s mother Cersei and his wife Margaery to atone for their sins.
Jon Snow is voted the new Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch and tries to forge an alliance with the wildlings to fight the biggest threat to the Seven Kingdoms, an army of the dead known as the White Walkers . Winter is coming in Westeros, and no one seems quite ready to face it…
Meanwhile, Sansa is wed to and abused by Ramsey Bolton, while Arya travels to Braavos to train as an assassin and avenge her family.
Watch Game of Thrones: Season 6 (S06) (2016)
Available on NOW.
|At the beginning of season 6, we find out that in an unexpected show of mercy the authors haven’t killed Jon Snow after all. He is reunited with Sansa and the two siblings start putting together an army to fight Bolton and get their family house Winterfell back. Expect an epic battle.|
Arya fails her first test as an assassin when she warns her first victim instead of killing her.
Across the sea, Danaerys’ power is threatened, her city is sieged and she is captured by her dead husband Khal Drogo’s people.
At King’s Landing Cersei has lost most of her power, but has every intention of getting it back – at all costs.
Watch Game of Thrones: Season 7 (S07) (2017)
Available on NOW.
|After being repeated that winter was “coming” for six seasons, knowing that it’s finally here is somewhat of a relief in season 7. Fighting the army of the dead coming from north is the only way to save the Seven Kingdoms, but it may be too late.|
Danaerys travels to Westeros to siege King’s Landing, and Jon Snow seeks her help against the White Walkers. The two of them become closer and closer and may be the only hope for the Seven Kingdoms – but Ned Stark had been hiding a huge secret on the birth of his illegitimate son…
Meanwhile, Arya travels back to Westeros to get her revenge and is finally reunited with Sansa.
Watch Game of Thrones: Season 8 (S08) (2019)
Available on NOW.
|This is set to be the final season of the show, and things are looking increasingly grim for the Seven Kingdoms. The unthinkable has happened – the army of the dead has breached The Wall.|
What’s left of the Stark family is finally back together and is preparing to fight the White Walkers, but their alliance with Danaerys Targaryen and her dragons is shaky – will they ever be able to trust each other?
Cersei Lannister has also promised to send help, but she has no intention of actually doing it – can the army of the dead really be defeated without House Lannister?
There’s no need to limit yourself to Game of Thrones – a NOW Entertainment pass will give you access to a huge range of TV boxsets on demand, including other HBO hits like True Detective and The Night Of. It’s available instantly on over 60 different devices, meaning you can take your favourite shows on the go or watch them in the comfort of your own home.
Best of all, NOW doesn’t ask you to commit to a contract – you pay for one month at a time and are completely free to cancel whenever you need to. So if you’re only using the service to satisfy your Game of Thrones addiction, you can always cancel your subscription between seasons and start it up again when new episodes air.
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