Everything to know before Game of Thrones episode 3 and The Battle of Winterfell
The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones is finally here and we’re now only four episodes away from finding out how HBO’s epic fantasy series ends. Several questions linger after episodes 1 and 2: Who will sit on the Iron Throne in the end? Will there even be seven kingdoms left to rule over? Can the Night King be stopped? Will someone please tell Ghost that he’s a good boy?
Every week for the remainder of season 8, we’ll dive deep into those remaining questions, recapping the previous episode and digging into what to expect in the next one. We’ll also remind you where Game of Thrones is available to stream, and how to make sure you’re caught up.
[Ed. note: These next two sections contain spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8, through episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” If you still need to catch up, scroll down to the last section, or check out our post on how to watch the season premiere.]
What to expect in episode 3
The Battle of Winterfell, the anticipated faceoff between the living and the dead, will reportedly be not only the biggest fight in the history of the show, but the longest battle sequence ever filmed. The episode 3 preview and promotional images don’t show much actual fighting, but after last week’s loving sendoff, we fully expect the Game of Thrones writers to break out hearts into pieces.
Bluntly, this episode will be a bloodbath. While a few main characters are still wearing enough plot armor to make it through the Battle of Winterfell, episode 2 painted targets on many of our favorite side characters’ backs. Brienne finally became a knight, achieving her series-long quest. That beam of pride on her face was a sure sign that she’s a goner. Missandei and Grey Worm made plans to visit her home, Narth, which is a pretty good indication that at least one of them won’t get a nice beach vacation when this is all over. We’re not holding out much hope for Theon, whose Pete Campbell-esque arc will reach a satisfying/devastating conclusion if he’s killed protecting Brandon Stark, the boy he once held hostage. And the show kept reminding us that the crypts are the safest place in Winterfell, so naturally that doesn’t bode well for the women and children hiding out down there.
Where to watch episode 3
Episode 3 will air on HBO and (drop onto streaming services) at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 21. Here’s all the ways to watch Game of Thrones, whether directly from HBO or as a streaming service add-on.
Those who subscribe to HBO through a cable or satellite package can stream Game of Thrones live or on demand via the HBO Go service. The HBO Go app is available on most phones, tablets, smart TVs, and gaming consoles. Check if your device is supported at HBO’s Help Center.
Stream Game of Thrones on HBO Go.
Cord cutters can still watch HBO on the network’s own platform. HBO Now is a stand-alone service, so it doesn’t require a cable subscription or another streaming platform; you stream directly from the HBO Now website or app. A one-week free trial is available — after that, it’s $14.99 per month.
Stream Game of Thrones on HBO Now.
Hulu also offers an HBO add-on for $14.99, which allows live HBO streaming whether or not you subscribe to Hulu’s live TV subscription tier. Subscribing through Hulu, or any other streaming service, also grants access to HBO Now.
Stream Game of Thrones on Hulu.
In addition to the TV shows and movies available free to Prime members, Amazon offers add-on premium subscriptions through the Amazon Channels program. The HBO add-on costs $14.99 per month (the same as HBO Now).
Stream Game of Thrones on Amazon Channels.
Sony’s own TV subscription service, PlayStation Vue, is another streaming option. HBO is available as an add-on to a multi-channel package or as a stand-alone subscription. It costs $14.99 per month either way. The PlayStation Vue Ultra package, which costs $79.99 per month, includes HBO and Showtime.
Stream Game of Thrones on PlayStation Vue.
AT&T’s streaming service is the only subscription that includes HBO at its base level, though at $50 per month, it’s the most expensive plan on the market. Because DirecTV Now operates more like a traditional cable package, subscribers have access to HBO Go, rather than HBO Now.
Stream Game of Thrones on DirecTV Now.