“Game of Thrones” returns to HBO Sunday with the Season 5 premiere. With more people watching every single season, there are also more ways to watch the show than ever before. For years, fans clamoring for HBO’s original content had to pay for a subscription along with their cable package. Now viewers have quite a few options to get transported to Westeros for the big premiere.
Those with cable subscriptions are more than welcome to stick with the old school method and watch the premiere live at 9 p.m. EDT -- there will also be an encore broadcast at 11:31 p.m. EDT. However, the premiere will be available as soon as the episode airs on television to more tech savvy viewers on HBO Go.
Also as of Tuesday, HBO’s over-the-top streaming service HBO Now is live. That means for the first time fans can watch “Game of Thrones” without a cable subscription -- or illegally downloading the episode. The online service costs $14.99 a month and provides access to all of HBO’s current and archived content, from “True Detective” to “The Sopranos.” The “Game of Thrones” premiere will be available on the site at 9 p.m. EDT. However, for the first three months the service is only available through Apple TV.
Fans will not want to miss the Season 5 premiere. In the Season 4 finale, Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) set Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) free before he could be executed for the murder of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) -- for which he was wrongly accused. Then, prior to boarding a ship out of King’s Landing, Tyrion killed Shae (Sibel Kekilli) and Tywin (Charles Dance). Plus, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) will have to keep the peace between Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillan) and the Wildlings, while Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) struggles to rule in the east.
Season 5 of “Game of Thrones” premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO. Be sure to tune in to see how it all goes down.
Watch the Season 5 trailer below:
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