How can I watch Game of Thrones in Australia?

B/y the time this article went live, there were only four episodes left of Game of Throne’s season eight, the last season of the show.

That’s four episodes that promise to be something spectacular, that let you ignite your inner Stark, whether or not you carry the name (like this writer does) or not.

But to get stuck in, you need to be able to watch the show, and there’s only one legal way of getting that accomplished in Australia while it airs: Foxtel.

The good news is that a Foxtel subscription isn’t what it used to be, and you don’t have to fork out for the year or two that Foxtel used to require, and can use a Foxtel Now plan for the time you need it.

There are six weeks of Foxtel episodes, which potentially means one or two months of Foxtel subscription you have to grab for the time the show is on. Foxtel Now is $25 per month for the plan that gives you Game of Thrones, and that’s a minimum, so to tune into Foxtel to watch Game of Thrones’ last season as it airs (on demand or live), you need to spend either $25 or $50 depending on when you sign up.

That’ll get you Game of Thrones in high definition, and you can find Foxtel Now working on mobiles, tablets, PC and Mac, Telstra TV and the PlayStation 4, plus the Foxtel Now box. There’s also Chromecast and AirPlay support, meaning you can go from your iPhone to your Apple TV (because there’s no Apple TV Foxtel Now app) or from your Samsung to your Chromecast, if that’s what you want to do.

Or you can wait

Or you can wait for Game of Thrones’ Foxtel run to be over, by the end of May, which is when other services like iTunes and Google Play will likely get the Game of Thrones season 8 episodes.

That might not seem like such a long time, mind you, and you can obviously find things to do with your time.

You could read a book, possibly one that doesn’t remind you of Game of Thrones. You could live your life.

You’ll definitely want to stay off Twitter and Facebook, where the Game of Thrones memes will run hot, but provided you can wait it out, you may be able to get Game of Thrones’ last season for around $30, where you’ll own it rather than merely rent it from your cable service.

Expect it on the likes of iTunes and Google Play to start with, but don’t expect it until late May. It’s entirely possible Foxtel might hold on even longer, and we could end up seeing Game of Thrones available for purchase even later, though we’ll let you know if that happens here.

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