Game of Thrones is set to return to Sky Atlantic and Now TV on April 13.
The fifth season of HBO’s hit fantasy epic will be broadcast the day after it airs in the US at 9pm UK time.
All Sky TV subscribers will be able to watch the show on Sky Atlantic, while non-Sky TV customers with a Now TV Entertainment Pass – £6.99/month – will be able to stream the show at the same time.
It’s not known if the streaming issues that plagued Now TV last year have been fixed; fans of the show attempting to watch episodes from season four online ran into issues at peak times. Sky apologised, issued free Entertainment passes to customers and froze a planned price rise.
Since then, Sky has upped the price of Now TV from £5.99/month to £6.99/month – not a huge jump but we’re sure if similar problems arise, fans will be up in arms faster than you can say Joffrey Baratheon.
While Now TV customers will be able to watch the fifth season online, Sky TV subscribers will be able to get exclusive access to the official Game of Thrones: The Exhibition at The O2 in London from February 9-12 and February 15-17.
The exhibit will feature costumes, props and select pieces from the upcoming season. The fifth season is said to be based mainly on events from A Feast for Crows and the first part of A Dance With Dragons, the fourth and fifth books in the series chronologically.
The plot of the TV show is threatening to diverge even more from the books than it’s done in the past – writer George R R Martin has yet to complete the next volume of the saga – The Winds of Winter – meaning those who’ve read all the books will be less clued up than before.
For those who’ve not checked the show out and need to familiarise with the confusing genealogy and lore of the show, Sky is making seasons 1-4 of Game of Thrones available to watch on Sky Go and Now TV from March 1 onwards.