watch game of thrones season 8, episode 2 for free on HBO


How to watch ‘Game of Thrones’ season 8, episode 2 for free

We're one step closer to facing the Army of the Dead.


Christine Burkson


Posted on Apr 21, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 2:20 pm CDT

Out of all the reunions we’ve seen so far from Game of Thrones season 8, none are more beautiful than the one with our Sunday night schedules. 

What makes Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2 so exciting is we have no clue about what to expect at this point. Now that the show has dropped its main surprise genealogical bomb on Jon Snow, there’s not much else we know aside from a pending battle with the Army of the Dead. (And a disappointing lack of elephants.)

The showrunners are strategically leaving fans in the dark. Even the very title of Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2 remains a mystery until after it has aired. 


Will this episode include more screeching nightmare children? Will Ghost finally return from his sabbatical? Will Bran ever leave that courtyard? It’s anyone’s guess what will happen, but we’re thrilled about the suspense.

Here’s everything you need to watch Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2 for free.

What channel is Game of Thrones on?

Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2 is available exclusively on HBO. 

When does Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2 air?

Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2 will air on Sunday, April 21 at 9pm ET.

Subsequent episodes will be on Sundays at the same time. There are six episodes scheduled for the final season, ranging in length from 54 minutes to a whopping 82 minutes. The third episode is the longest of the season.

Game of Thrones will air its final episode on Sunday, May 19.

How to watch Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2 for free

Game of Thrones is only available on HBO. But there are plenty of options to access the premium cable channel for free. Each of these services offers a one-week trial so you can tune in live and avoid spoilers on social media.

1) Amazon Prime Video with HBO

watch game of thrones season 8 online free on Amazon Prime Video with HBO
  • Cost: $14.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial) for HBO | $119 per year for Prime
  • Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Google TV, TiVo, Nvidia Shield, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii

If you’re already a Prime member, Amazon Prime Video is one of the most convenient ways to access a free HBO trial without signing up for additional accounts. (And if you’re not, you can get a free 30-day trial of Prime in addition to the free week of HBO.) You can stream live and watch old episodes on-demand in case you want to rewatch last week’s episode before a new one airs. HBO is one of the best standalone Prime channels available for purchase on Amazon Prime Video.


2) HBO Now

watch game of thrones season 8 online free on HBO Now
  • Cost: $14.99 per month (after 7-day free trial)
  • Devices: Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Cube, Android TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

If you just want HBO and nothing more, look no further than its own on-demand app HBO Now. New episodes of Game of Thrones will be available the second they are live, and you can pause without missing any of the action. You can also watch all seasons on-demand. The standalone service also provides an extensive library of all HBO shows, movies, documentaries, and more.


3) Hulu and Hulu with Live TV

watch game of thrones season 8 online free on Hulu with Live TV
  • Cost: $5.99-$11.99 for Hulu or $54.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial) for Hulu with Live TV | $14.99 per month for HBO
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)

You’ll need to sign up for Hulu before adding HBO to your account, but the process is easy. (Even easier if you already have an account!) Hulu with Live TV gives you the best of both worlds: access to on-demand content and live TV streaming, including local networks. That way you can tune in when a new episode airs and catch up on episodes you might have missed or need to watch again. There are 60 channels to choose from, including The CW, ABC, ESPN, and more. You’ll also get tons of great movies and original programs exclusively available on Hulu. It comes with up to 50 hours of storage for recording. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.)



Game of Thrones season 8, episode 1 recap 

As much of a crowd-pleaser as the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere turned out to be, it lagged at times as it made sure that most of the emotional stakes were in place by the time the Night King arrived in Winterfell. But in true Westerosi fashion, there was enough drama to threaten what should be a no-brainer of an alliance. If nothing else, “Winterfell” will be known as “the one where everyone reunited before it all fell to shit”—and we still have a few more reunions to look forward to in future episodes. —Michelle Jaworski 


How to catch up on Game of Thrones episodes

Any of the previously mentioned services include access to all seven seasons, plus season 8 episodes that already aired. But if you’d prefer a more permanent option, you can also buy old Game of Thrones episodes.

1) Amazon Video

watch game of thrones season 8 online free on Amazon
  • Cost: $1.99-$3.99/episode, $19.99-$24.99/season
  • Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Fire tablets, and Fire phone; Roku, Google TV, TiVo, Nvidia Shield, PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii

Seasons 1-7 of Game of Thrones are available for purchase on Amazon Video starting at $1.99 an episode or $19.99 a season. Season 8 episodes that already aired are not available for purchase and still require an HBO account to watch. If you want to own all of seasons 1-7, you’re better off investing in the physical Game of Thrones box set, which will save you some money.


Was Game of Thrones canceled?

Game of Thrones season 8 will be the final run for the series. All good things must come to an end, including the books that inspired the show.

Since season 6, Game of Thrones has outpaced A Song of Fire and Ice as George R.R. Martin is still racing to complete the sixth and seventh novels in the series. The show will air its final episode before Martin releases the highly anticipated Winds of Winter.

Fans of the books shouldn’t fret about spoilers, though. In a Rolling Stone feature on Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, Martin said, “The major points of the ending will be things I told them five or six years ago.” The show has already diverged from the books over the years and the showrunners don’t intend to share any details about the differences in season 8 once it’s wrapped, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Game of Thrones cast

  • Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister
  • Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
  • Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
  • Kit Harington as Jon Snow
  • Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth
  • Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
  • Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
  • Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
  • Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei
  • Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth
  • John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
  • Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark
  • Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane
  • Conleth Hill as Varys
  • Carice van Houten as Melisandre
  • Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane
  • Hannah Murray as Gilly
  • Jerome Flynn as Bronn
  • Joe Dempsie as Gendry
  • Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont

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*First Published: Apr 21, 2019, 7:00 am CDT