How to watch the final episode of Game of Thrones

Sarah Harris
Sarah Harris
May 17, 2019

Winter is coming here. The Game of Thrones season 8 series finale is set for May 19, so get your popcorn ― and your tissues ― ready. We can’t tell you who will sit on the Iron Throne, but we can tell you how to watch the final episode on your TV, laptop and other devices.

Unless you have a friend who’s willing to share their HBO password, you’re going to need your own HBO subscription to watch the show. Packages start at $14.99/mo.* and can be canceled at any time. Subscribers may also take advantage of a seven-day free trial before their first monthly payment.

You may be tempted to subscribe and cancel after the final episode, but don’t forget ― you’ll have the entire series at your fingertips, and HBO is planning to release the Game of Thrones prequel series next!

Find out how to catch the grand finale, and don’t worry — no spoilers ahead!

How to watch Game of Thrones on TV

Watch the final episode of Game of Thrones live on your TV by setting up an HBO subscription through your cable or satellite TV provider. Be sure to double-check your channel lineup before you buy ― if you subscribe to your provider’s largest package option, HBO may already be included.

If you use a Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick or other TV streaming device in lieu of cable, watch the end of the saga on the HBO NOW app. HBO is also available as an add-on channel to live TV services like DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV and more.

How to adjust your TV settings for the Game of Thrones finale

Were you one of the millions of GoT fans that tuned in to one highly anticipated and very epic battle between the living and dead this season, only to find that you could barely see who they killed off?

According to GoT cinematographers, it’s you and your TV settings, not the show. Take a few quick steps to adjust your settings to ensure that you don’t miss of single moment of the series finale.

  • Adjust your screen brightness – Bump up your brightness to make details easier to discern when things get dark onscreen.
  • Turn up the backlight – Increase the backlight setting on any LCD TV to illuminate hard-to-see scenes.
  • Play with picture modes – Stream an episode in different picture modes to see which settings are best for a cinematic experience. Picture modes will differ depending on the model of your TV.

If you have access to an OLED TV, watch the finale on one for deeper blacks and more intense colors. LCD TV pictures are illuminated by an LED backlight, but OLED TV displays contain separately illuminated pixels for better overall contrast.

How to watch Game of Thrones online

If you want to watch on another device or need to catch it on the go, don’t worry ― Game of Thrones streaming is available on a variety of platforms with an HBO subscription. You can watch the show directly through the HBO NOW or HBO GO app (see our FAQs at the bottom for details) on your smartphone, laptop and tablet.

HBO is also available as an add-on service on most streaming sites. If you already subscribe to a streaming service (e.g. Hulu, Amazon Prime), you can simply tack your HBO subscription onto that bill. However, if you just want access to HBO, this method isn’t your most affordable option.

All of these options (and the TV options) will allow you to watch Game of Thrones season 1 through the Great War ― but if you’re trying to catch up before the finale, you’d better hurry! There are 71 episodes so far, and each lasts about 45 minutes. Most season 8 episodes top off at 90 mins. According to Fortune, it would take you two days and 14 hours to see seasons 1 through 7! Don’t wait until night gathers to begin that watch.

How to adjust your computer settings for the Game of Thrones finale

Viewing a show like GoT on a small screen device, such as a laptop or iPad, will inherently come with some challenges, as the show was filmed to be viewed in theaters. However, there are a few steps you can take to ensure you don’t miss a moment of the finale:

  • Adjust brightness – Increase the screen brightness on your desktop, laptop or tablet to a level where details are more discernable.
  • Switch Wi-Fi channels – Switch from the 2G to the 5G channel of your Wi-Fi to decrease network traffic and increase speed overall. The faster your speed, the better quality your streaming connection.
  • Decrease ambient lighting – Turn off any unnecessary lighting in your viewing room, including the backlight to your keyboard.

If you’re still unhappy with your viewing quality and want to watch on the big screen, purchase an HDMI cord to connect your laptop to your TV screen and play around with the TV settings above.

How to watch Game of Thrones free

To watch Game of Thrones online free, you’ll have to catch as many episodes as you can within the seven-day free trial offered by HBO. Then you’ll have to bend the knee to the full-priced subscription. If the monthly subscription cost is still out of your budget, look for public watch parties at bars, restaurants, campus events or other local venues.

Game of Thrones FAQs

Not sure what a White Walker is? Have a few more streaming questions? Jon Snow may not know anything, but we know some things.

  • Is Game of Thrones on Netflix? Nope.
  • Is Game of Thrones on Amazon Prime? Kind of. You can buy individual HD episodes for $3.99 or full seasons for $38.99. Similar purchase options are available from Google Play and iTunes. An HBO subscription is definitely the more economical option and can be purchased through any of those platforms for the standard price of $14.99/mo.*
  • What’s the difference between HBO NOW and HBO GO? If you pay for an HBO subscription through your cable provider, HBO GO is for you ― it’s included with your subscription and allows you to watch all of HBO on your phone, TV, laptop and tablet. HBO NOW is a standalone streaming service that doesn’t require a cable TV package. Both services offer the same features, but are built for different customers.
  • Will Jon Snow die in season 8? We hope not!
  • Is Game of Thrones on Hulu? Yes, with an HBO subscription.
  • How many episodes are there in season 8 of Game of Thrones? Six ― each lasting roughly an hour or more.
  • Is the Red Wedding episode really as bad as everyone says? YES.

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