Game of Thrones Season 7 is the latest available, released in summer 2017. You can catch up completely free, even if you don’t have a Sky subscription. We’ll explain how to do just that, as well as outline rumours on the Game of Thrones season 8 release date.
When is Game of Thrones next on?
The Season 7 finale was broadcast in the UK on Monday 28 August 2017.
Season 8 is set to be the last in the series, but it won’t hit our screens until some time in 2019 according to GoT star Sophie Turner (Sansa).
Her in-show sister gave us a more precise estimate, with Maisie Williams revealing to the Metro that the first episode of season eight is due to air some time in April 2019:
“We wrap in December and we air our first episode in April . That’s a four-month turnaround for these huge episodes. There’s a lot that goes into the final edit. You would not want to rush this season at all.”
But, then, just to complicate things, Williams popped on Twitter after the interview went live to throw cold water on her own quote:
Just a tweet letting you know this game of thrones release date “quote” I’ve supposedly given is completely false and taken from an interview I did years ago.
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams)
January 30, 2018
To complicate things even further, an interview with visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer on the Huffington Post suggests that show could be out later than that. Bauer said the show will be eligible for the 2020 Emmys which, thanks to Emmy eligibility rules, means the bulk of the six episodes must be airing after May 31 2019, otherwise the show would make the 2019 Emmy ceremony.
He also added that “we’re going to be toiling away on Season 8 until May of 2019,” which even with TV’s aggressive release schedule means late May or early June is the earliest the show could make it onto HBO.
There’s at least one thing we do know: that the season will comprise just six episodes. Some of these episodes will be longer than normal though, which would soften the blow a little.
What to expect from season 8
We know next to nothing about season 8 really, as the production has gone to unprecedented lengths to avoid leaks and spoilers, even locking the scripts down behind multiple layers of password security.
Pretty much the first concrete info we have comes from an Entertainment Weekly feature on the show, which includes a few precious scraps of information. First up, we know a bit about what to expect from the season opener:
“Season 8 opens at Winterfell with an episode that contains plenty of callbacks to the show’s pilot. Instead of King Robert’s procession arriving, it’s Daenerys and her army. What follows is a thrilling and tense intermingling of characters — some of whom have never previously met, many who have messy histories — as they all prepare to face the inevitable invasion of the Army of the Dead.”
We also got a tease of at least one of the interpersonal conflicts that’s going to come out of all this – though it’s not exactly a surprise. Apparently “Sansa isn’t thrilled that Jon bent the knee to his fancy new Targaryen girlfriend, at least not at first.”
Speaking of, you can see Jon and Daenerys cosying up together in the only image released so far from season 8:
The first official photo from #GameOfThrones’ final season is here! Get exclusive details on the most impossible finale in TV history in our report from the #GoT set: https://t.co/wjWGa4K2Yr pic.twitter.com/59aFZkCR0U
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW)
November 1, 2018
So what else do we know? Well, the penultimate episode will be one giant battle – one which “makes the Battle of the Bastards look like a theme park,” according to Peter Dinklage. That battle required 55 night shoots for the exterior shots – followed by weeks more shooting in the studio, all helmed by ‘Battle of the Bastards’ director Miguel Sapochnik.
Finally, we know that the season is likely to have some surprises up its sleeve – at least when it comes to who survives:
“What’s being filmed here is episode 6, the series finale… I look around at a meticulously constructed set that I’ve never seen on the show before. Several actors are performing, and I’m stunned: There are characters in the finale that I did not expect.”
How to watch Game of Thrones online
Game of Thrones is shown exclusively on Sky Atlantic in the UK, so if you’re a Sky customer with the right package then simply tune in via your Sky Box. If you want to watch online with an internet connection then you can do so with Sky Go or other methods.
If you have a Sky subscription, then it’s easy. Game of Thrones is every Monday on Sky Atlantic.
Sky Go is available through web browsers and via the smartphone and tablet app.
If you’re not a Sky customer then don’t worry as there is still an easy way to watch Game of Thrones online. Sky Atlantic (and various other channels) is available through Sky Now TV as part of the Entertainment package which currently costs £6.99 per month.
Like Sky Go, Now TV is available on a wide range of devices including Chromecast, Roku, YouView, Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac, Android and iOS. Sky also has the Now TV Box and the newer Now TV Streaming Smart Stick which you can buy for just £14.99.
Since Game of Thrones is an HBO TV show you can also use the broadcaster’s streaming service, HBO Now, to watch Game of Thrones. However, it’s only available in the US so you’ll need to use a VPN in order to gain access. Check out our full guide to watching HBO from the UK for more info.