Couldn't wait for the new season of "Game of Thrones" to finally begin? You weren't alone. The HBO drama's seventh-season premiere, titled "Dragonstone," drew a record-setting 10.1 million viewers who all tuned in when the show aired last Sunday, according to Nielsen.

But that number didn't include the additional 6 million fans who watched the episode via streaming on HBO Go and HBO Now. (Not to mention the people who watched the show illegally.) In fact, one big difference this year is the variety of ways you can watch Arya Stark get medieval on her enemies, or follow the march of the White Walkers as they get ever closer to the Seven Kingdoms.

While HBO might be an extreme case when it comes to the sheer number of viewing options, it's probably a bellwether for the future of TV. Consumers seeking to watch their favorite shows and movies will have more choices, and potentially more confusion, than ever before.

Here are all your options for watching "Game of Thrones." 


Have cable or satellite TV? “Game of Thrones” fans can watch the Starks vs. the Lannisters the old-fashioned way, by adding it to a regular pay TV plan. Usually you’ll pay about $15 per month for a variety of HBO channels and access to HBO Go.

What’s HBO Go, again? Read on.


Can’t tell HBO Go from HBO Now? You’re not alone. HBO Go is a free service for those who already pay for HBO through cable or satellite. To watch HBO shows on a laptop, go to the HBO website. For a mobile device, download the HBO Go app.

Either way, to watch "Game of Thrones" you’ll have to log in using your pay TV credentials.

If you don't get HBO through your regular pay-TV provider, you can't use HBO Go. Instead, you may want to sign up for HBO Now.


HBO Now is a stand-alone streaming version of HBO—basically, a web and app streaming service for those who want to watch HBO but don’t want to buy it through their cable provider. It costs $15 per month.

Individual Shows or Seasons

You can also skip the rest of HBO's offerings and just buy "Game of Thrones." Individual episodes are for sale from pay-per-view services such as Amazon Video, Google Play, and iTunes as downloads for about $3 to $4 per episode, and it costs $38 to $40 to purchase a full season.

Another option is to purchase the show on DVD or Blu-ray—you’ll pay around $30 to $45 for one season of "Game of Thrones," or about $105 to $125 for the entire series up to now, meaning seasons 1 through 6.

Cable-Replacement Service

Another way to watch "Game of Thrones" is to sign up for HBO as an add-on to some cable-replacement services, including DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and Sony PlayStation Vue.

Right now the best deal is with DirecTV Now, where it costs just $5 more each month to add it to one of its programming plans.

Amazon Prime or Netflix?

Unfortunately, neither of these subscription services include "Game of Thrones," and that includes old seasons as well as the new stuff. That's especially disappointing with Amazon Prime, which has a deal for much of HBO's back catalog of shows. 

However, Prime members can watch "Game of Thrones" by adding HBO via Amazon Channels for $15 per month. This is basically the same as HBO Now, but you have the convenience of paying for it through your Amazon account.