How to watch Game of Thrones Series 8 without cable

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In this guide I’ll be showing you the effortless way you can watch Game of Thrones Series 8 without needing a cable subscription pretty much for free!

I can’t believe I’m writing this, Game of Thrones is back!

Yes, you heard correct, Series 8 of Game of Thrones is about to air and if you’re as excited for this as I am you’ll not only be running around exclaiming ‘Winter is Coming’ repeatedly, but you’ll also be eager to watch at the first opportunity.

Sadly, Series 8 is the very last series of Game of Thrones so for the foreseeable future it will be no more. While this series is going to be shorter than some of the earlier series the actual episodes are longer and this series especially has a couple of the most extended ever episodes in Game of Thrones history.

So if you’re already saying “Winter is coming” in your head, read on to find out how you can watch Game of Thrones Series 8 without cable!

What you need to watch Game of Thrones Series 8

HBO shows Game of Thrones in the United States. If you’re outside the United States then you’ll be blocked from watching HBO by something known as ‘geo-restrictions’.

Geo-restrictions are when a website or app looks at your location and blocks you based on your geographic location.

You can avoid geo-restrictions by using a VPN app. A VPN is a legal app that lets you hide your location. This allows you to pretend you’re somewhere, in this case, in the United States.

The best VPN app without question right now is ExpressVPN (we know, we recently reviewed them). Not only do they work with HBO which not all do but they’re also fast, easy to use and quick to set-up.

There are some other choices which are good too, and if you’ve got time to look around check out IPVanish and NordVPN too.

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Does a VPN cost anything?

A VPN will cost you a couple of pounds per month (charged in US Dollars) but big savings can be made if you sign up for a year.

For example, ExpressVPN gives you 49% off their monthly price if you commit to 12-months allowing you to watch the entire Series 8 of Game of Thrones but also loads more content on HBO and other services too.

Step 1: How to watch Game of Thrones Series 8

To watch Game of Thrones Series 8 you’ll now need to sign up to one of the VPN services mentioned above, download their app and connect to the US.

You can do this following the quick and easy steps below. These steps takes less than 5 minutes and you’ll be able to do it even if you’re a beginner.

How to watch Game of Thrones:

  1. Visit ExpressVPN or one of the other services and sign up.
  2. Download their app for your device from the ‘Products’ area of their website.
  3. Install and open the app and login with the account details you created when you signed up.
  4. Now press the ‘Choose Location‘ (1) button (on a mobile device it’s the ‘…’ next to Selected Location).
  5. Then press on the ‘United States‘ (2).
  6. You may need to press ‘Connect‘ depending on what type of device you’re using.
  7. Wait for the app to connect.
ExpressVPN app window

Watch Game of Thrones using ExpressVPN.

Once the app has connected, you’re now ‘virtually’ in the United States.

You’ll now need to sign up for a HBO Now account which is showing Game of Thrones Series 8 first.

Step 2: Sign up for HBO Now

Now you’re connected to the VPN app you need to sign up to HBO Now to watch Game of Thrones.

They’ve got a completely free 7-day trial. Follow the instructions below to sign up and start watching Game of Thrones.

  1. Visit the HBO website.
  2. Press ‘Start your free trial‘.
  3. Enter your Email Address, Password, First Name, Last Name and any US Zip code, for example ‘90210’.
  4. Tick ‘I agree to the HBO Terms and Privacy Policy’.
  5. Press ‘Create Account‘.
  6. Enter your payment details, select California, enter ‘90210’ as your Zip Code.
  7. Press Start Subscription.

Once your account is complete and your payment method accepted you can enjoy watching Game of Thrones Series 8.

Don’t forget you get a free 7-day trial of HBO Now so you could wait until all episodes have been aired, binge watch them and cancel without paying anything.

However, that’s not much fun because everyone else will have already watched the entire series. Best to watch them as they’re released, you’ll only need a 2-month subscription to HBO to watch all the episodes as they premiere.

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When is Game of Thrones Series 8 released?

Game of Thrones Series 8, also known as ‘Season 8‘ in the US starts on April 14th, 2019.

The full schedule for each episode is expected to be as follows:

  • Episode 1: April 14th
  • Episode 2: April 21st
  • Episode 3: April 28th
  • Episode 4: May 5th
  • Episode 5: May 12th
  • Episode 6: May 19th

In the US Game of Thrones will be shown at 9 pm Eastern Time which is 2 am in the UK on Monday. You can tune in at this time to watch or if you can’t make the live showing you can watch on catch-up at a later date.

In Summary

If you want to watch Game of Thrones Series 8 the minute it comes out but you don’t have cable then don’t worry.

By using a VPN app from ExpressVPN or one of the other recommended services in this guide, you watch on HBO from anywhere in the world.

VPN apps are straightforward to use and allow you to disguise your location letting you watch Game of Thrones in your country the minute it releases.


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Christopher Seward

Author: Christopher Seward

After 25 years of using the internet, Christopher launched one of the very first VPN comparison websites in 2013. An expert in the field his reviews, testing and knowledge have helped thousands of users get the correct VPN for their needs.

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