How to watch Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 for free

Time is flying faster than Gendry can run. Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 airs this week, meaning we are officially past the halfway mark. There are only three episodes left in the series—and one major conflict remains.

Aside from a reckoning for (or from?) Cersei, what could possibly happen? One thing we’re particularly looking forward to is Bronn’s reaction when he finally arrives in Winterfell, only to find out the war between the living and the dead was hashed out in one night. Perhaps he can take House Umber’s castle for his troubles—it’s currently unoccupied and recently decorated!

Episode 4 was directed by David Nutter, who did the first two episodes of season 8. Nutter directed a few other iconic episodes in the series, including the infamous Red Wedding (“The Rains of Castamere”) and the shame-riddled “Mother’s Mercy.” It will be a break from last week’s director Miguel Sapochnik, but he’ll be back for episode 5, so don’t adjust your screen’s brightness just yet. 

Here’s everything you need to watch Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 for free.

What channel is Game of Thrones on?

Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 is available exclusively on HBO. 

When does Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 air?

Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 will air on Sunday, May 5 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. This week’s episode will be 78 minutes long.

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

How to watch Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4 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

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  • 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.

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2) HBO Now

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  • 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’re live, and you can pause without missing any of the action. You can also watch every old season on-demand. The standalone service also provides an extensive library of all HBO shows, movies, documentaries, and more.

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3) Hulu and Hulu with Live TV

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  • Cost: $7.99-$11.99 for Hulu or $44.99 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.)

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4) PlayStation Vue

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Despite the name, you don’t actually need a PlayStation console to use Sony’s streaming service. It works just fine with Roku, Amazon Fire devices, and Kodi. You will need to add HBO as a premium channel. The basic package includes popular channels, like AMC, HGTV, ESPN, FX, and more. There will be some variation in local channels depending on your ZIP code though, so be sure to check. Stream on up to five devices under one account, with unlimited cloud DVR storage. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)

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Game of Thrones season 8, episode 3 recap 

After the first two episodes of Game of Thrones put the spotlight on its characters, the highly anticipated battle episode, “The Long Night,” ramped up the action. Full of shocking moments, smaller poignant asides, and more than enough death to go around, it was a lot, and it ended with the shocker of a lifetime: Arya Stark killed the Night King with a Valyrian steel dagger. So why did parts of it feel like such a letdown? Much of the episode was so dark that you could barely see what was going on, and you couldn’t tell if Ghost and Rhaegal survived until next week’s preview came around. And with all the carnage came another complaint: Game of Thrones keeps protecting its lead characters with Valyrian steel plot armor while throwing its more minor characters to the wolves. Now, with the bodies on the ground, the living have to pick up the pieces along the way. With the Army of the Dead gone for good, that will certainly be a lot less daunting. —Michelle Jaworski

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How to catch up on Game of Thrones episodes

Any of the previously mentioned services include access to all seven seasons of Game of Thrones, 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

  • 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.

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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.

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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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