Winter has arrived and the end is finally coming. HBO has finally released a full-length trailer signalling the arrival of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones — and consequently waking up all waiting GOT fans. What’s about to go down? We’ll find out when Game of Thrones returns on April 15, airing at the same time as the US.
The trailer started out with Arya Stark, seemingly avowing her promise of taking revenge with her kill list. It then pans out to featuring all other major characters, as well as teasers for upcoming plot lines, which includes Daenerys and Jon Snow’s arrival in Winterfell. As expected, the trailer ends with the foreboding arrival of the White Walkers — hinting at the great battle that’s about to go down, and you can see it for yourself below:
What is known is that the season will feature only six episodes, compared to the usual ten. While this may mean a shorter season, it could spell out longer episodes — making it feel more like six full-length movies than TV show episodes.
GOT Season 8 TV Preview
Other expected plotlines would also involve Sansa Stark, who is in charge of the capital of the north, and how well — or how badly — she would deal with Daenerys’ arrival. There’s also the possibility that Jon Snow will finally know the truth about his parentage — that he is Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen’s son. There’s also much blood to be shed with six names left on Arya Stark’s kill list, including Melisandre, the Mountain, and the Hound.
Even without sharing concrete plotlines (or spoilers!), we’ll surely see more of these teasers from HBO — but to sum it all up, we do believe that Jon Snow said it best when he said, “There is only one war that matters. And it is here.” The great and final war is arriving at last, so be sure to be the first ones who are there to witness it all when Game of Thrones season 8 premieres on Foxtel on April 15, 2019 at 11:00am AEDT!
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How to watch the first 7 seasons of Game of Thrones
Want to watch the first seven seasons of Game of Thrones?
It’s been a very eventful seven seasons of Game of Thrones. So in preparation for the final season, you may want to brush up on your knowledge and familiarity with the the storylines and characters from the previous seasons.
The good news is you can watch all episodes from seasons 1 to 7 on Foxtel On Demand on internet-connected iQ set-top boxes, as well as streaming Game of Thrones season 8 on Foxtel Now. The BoxSets channel will have a Game of Thrones marathon all-month this March, which you can access by subscribing to Foxtel’s Drama pack. Find out more on how you can stream new and previous episodes of Game of Thrones legally with the video below:
Watch or Stream Game of Thrones Live!
Each episode will be shown live on FOX SHOWCASE starting April, and if you’re out and about you don’t have to miss a minute because you can stream Game of Thrones free to the Foxtel Go app instantly upon joining. Game of Thrones is also available to new members using the free Foxtel Now live TV trial, which offers fans the option to watch GoT online in Australia with compatible internet connected devices.
Per Broadcasting and licensing rights, Game of Thrones is not available on free-to-air in Australia. Check out the live airing schedule of all six episodes of Game of Thrones season 8:
- Episode 8×01 — Mon 15 Apr 11:00am (FOX Showcase)
- Episode 8×02 — Mon 22 Apr 11:00am (FOX Showcase)
- Episode 8×03 — Mon 29 Apr 11:00am (FOX Showcase)
- Episode 8×04 — Mon 6 May 11:00am (FOX Showcase)
- Episode 8×05 — Mon 13 May 11:00am (FOX Showcase)
- Episode 8×06 — Mon 20 May 11:00am (FOX Showcase)
After each live airing of new episodes of Game of Thrones, there will be several replays made available on the day itself and within the week. Check out the replay schedule of episode 1 below for the week of April 15:
- 214 Fox Showcase HD Thurs 18 Apr 7:30pm – 8:35pm
- 158 Fox Showcase +2 Thurs 18 Apr 9:30pm – 10:35pm
- 214 Fox Showcase HD Fri 19 Apr 2:30pm – 3:30pm
- 115 Fox Showcase Fri 19 Apr 2:30pm – 3:30pm
- 158 Fox Showcase +2 Fri 19 Apr 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Special Programming for Game of Thrones fans
If you feel like Mondays won’t be enough to get your Game of Thrones fix, you’re definitely not alone. With your favourite characters about to come together for this final season, you’re bound to have a massive emotional hangover from the season that was — and have even greater anticipation for what awaits them in the last six episodes.
This is exactly why the networks will be airing a wide-range of Game of Thrones related TV shows, including unique offerings from Comedy Central and Fox Showcase. If you’re a big fan of stories of power play, dystopian settings, and new world explorations, you’ll certainly love binge-watching these GOT Season 8 related shows that can be found either on Foxtel or the online platform Foxtel Now.
Thronecast (FOX Showcase)
Host Sue Perkins returns for a couple of Thronecast episode specials to discuss anything and everything about the final season of Game of Thrones. She’s joined by celebrity superfans and other special guests, as she dissects, recaps, and delves into the world of Westeros and beyond.
- Thronecast: Gameshow of Thrones — March 31, 8:30pm AEST (FOX Showcase)
- Thronecast: War Room — April 9, 9:30pm AEST (FOX Showcase)
- Thronecast — April 16, 10:30pm AEST (FOX Showcase)
Thrones 360 (FOX8 & FOX Showcase)
Hosted by James Mathison and Stephanie Bendixsen, Thrones 360 is the ultimate companion show to the final season of Game of Thrones. It kicks off with James and Stephanie breaking down the highs and lows of the past seven episodes in preparation for the grand finale. After that, all Thrones 360 episodes will be held live in front of a studio audience and will air right after each new episode of season 8. These Thrones 360 Live shows will also feature interviews with GoT cast members directly from London, plus special behind-the-scenes footage that you surely won’t want to miss.
- April 15 — 9:30pm AEST (FOX Showcase & FOX8)
- April 22 — 9:30pm AEST (FOX Showcase & FOX8)
- April 29 — 9:30pm AEST (FOX Showcase & FOX8)
- May 6 — 9:30pm AEST (FOX Showcase & FOX8)
- May 13 — 9:30pm AEST (FOX Showcase & FOX8)
- May 20 — 9:30pm AEST (FOX Showcase & FOX8)
Game of Thrones: The Last Watch (FOX Showcase)
There’s still a lot more of Game of Thrones coming even after the finale with Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, HBO’s 2-hour documentary airing one week after the season 8 finale. This doco offers one last good look at all that’s involved in creating the show’s most ambitious and complicated season. It highlights all the triumphs and tears that resulted in bringing the fantasy world of Westeros to life.
- May 27, 11:00am & 8:30pm AEST (FOX Showcase)