Game of Thrones was a pop culture phenomenon, and the final episode was the most-watched episode of any HBO show ever at the time, with 13.6 million viewers. And despite "mixed" reviews about the series finale, we've returned to Westeros with the prequel series, House of the Dragon. Here's how you can watch Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon, even if you don't have Sky.
House of the Dragon will be available exclusively on Sky Atlantic, the home of the majority of HBO content in the UK. As House of the Dragon airs in the US on HBO Max, a streaming service not available in the UK, fans of the drama will need to either sign up to Sky TV or get a NOW TV membership if they want to watch.
Not sure if you're ready to get invested in Westeros again? Sky has made the first episode of House of the Dragon available for free on YouTube. Watch the full episode below.
The first season of House of the Dragon was a resounding success, wracking up 20 million viewers from its very first episode. As such, a second season was greenlit pretty much straight away, however, don't expect it to air anytime soon.
It's been reported by the Spanish newspaper Hoy that production is set to return to the city of Cáceres, Spain – the location setting for King's Landing on both House of the Dragon and Game of Thrones – from March to June 2023.
If filming takes a similar amount of time as season 1 – roughly 10 months across locations – and visual effects take at least another year to apply, we're looking at a release date for House of the Dragon season 2 of around summer 2024.
In the UK, Game of Thrones is still exclusively available on Sky Atlantic, a channel that's dedicated to bringing you the best of US TV. At the time, Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon aired on Monday nights at 2 am, at the same time as the US premiere. Now, both series are available to watch on-demand whenever you want.
Unlike some parts of Sky's TV output, Sky Atlantic and Sky Atlantic HD are only available to Sky TV customers, whether through Sky itself or NOW. The good news is that if your pay-TV provider is BT or TalkTalk, you can add a NOW TV membership to your package and therefore watch all the Game of Thrones content you wish.
If you're happy with your current provider but want to watch Game of Thrones, Sky does offer access to Sky Atlantic to its streaming service, NOW.
NOW can be streamed online through laptops, game consoles, smartphones, tablets, and some set-top boxes and smart TVs. Sky Atlantic is available on the NOW Entertainment TV membership, which you can purchase on a monthly basis and are free to cancel at any time.
If you have the NOW Entertainment TV membership, you can watch Sky Atlantic live through certain devices or view it on-demand after the UK premiere date. You can also download episodes for offline viewing.
If you’re a Sky subscriber, you can still watch Game of Thrones on your TV just like in the good old days by accessing Sky Box Sets. There will be times when the show is aired on live TV, but if you want to re-watch it properly you'll need to access the box set.
If you're a Sky TV customer, you'll get free access to the Sky Go app. From here you'll be able to access the box set of Game of Thrones and stream it on your supported Android device, iPad, or iPhone. If you upgrade to Sky Go Extra you'll have the additional option to download and watch offline.
As its name suggests, Sky Atlantic's programming comprises some of the best US TV. Highlights of the current schedule include:
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