When is the next Game of Thrones episode on and where can I watch S8 E3 online?

23 April 2019, 10:04 | Updated: 23 April 2019, 10:06

By Emma Clarke

When is Game of Thrones next on? And where can you watch it online? Here's everything you need to know about the next episode of GoT.

Season 8 of Game of Thrones has arrived - and fans have been losing their shit over the premiere, which aired in the US on Sunday 14th, and the UK on Monday.

Whether you're organising a Game of Thrones party for its return, or planning an all-nighter to catch it as soon as it's released, we've got the lowdown on what to expect from this season and when the second episode of season 8 is on.

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When is Game of Thrones season 8, episode 2 on TV?

The last ever season of Game of Thrones kicked off on Sunday, April 14.

Every week, it will drop in the US first at 9pm Eastern time, before airing in the UK on Monday nights.

So, season 8, episode 3 of Game of Thrones will be available on the 28th and 29th April, respectively.

HBO have already released a teaser trailer for the next episode, which is THE episode where shit.goes.down.

We see Jon, Sansa, Arya and Dany gear up for war with the White Walkers, as they stand on the ramparts of Winterfell.

Newly-knighted Ser Brienne of Tarth also cries out: "Stand your ground!" giving us all the feels.

How can I watch GoT?

If you're in the US, you can catch all the action on HBO from 9pm Eastern time.

For those in the UK pulling an all-nighter, that's 2am GMT.

Otherwise, for all you sane people, it airs at 9pm on Sky Atlantic every Monday.

Alternatively, for those of you without Sky, you can stream it online on NOW TV.

If you're super smart and don't already have a NOW TV account, you can sign up on the day of Game of Thrones and start your 30-day free trial. That will enable you to watch 4 episodes before having to pay the monthly subscription fee of £6.99.

How many episodes will there be in total?

It was announced shortly after the season 7 finale that the final instalment would be the shortest series yet - with just 6 episodes in total.

Last season had seven and the first six seasons had 10 episodes each.

Show creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed that the new episodes will be longer, however, to ensure they cover all bases.

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Winter is here...meaning the White Walkers are encroaching on Winterfell and we're about to see some action
Winter is here...meaning the White Walkers are encroaching on Winterfell and we're about to see some action. Picture: HBO

How long will each episode be and what are they called?

Episode 1 - 'Winterfell' - 54 mins

Episode 2 - 'A Night of the Seven Kingdoms' - 58 mins

Episode 3 - 60 mins

Episode 4 - 78 mins

Episode 5 - 80 mins

Episode 6 - 80 mins

As is tradition, HBO is not giving away any details about future episode names yet, but they will tease the next episode's name each week, along with a snippet of what's to come.

Who's in the season 8 cast of Game of Thrones?

Of course, the old faithfuls are back, including:

Sophie Turner - Sansa Stark

Maisie Williams - Arya Stark

Kit Harington - Jon Snow

Emilia Clarke - Daenerys Targaryen

Peter Dinklage - Tyrion Lannister

Lena Headey - Cersei Lannister

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau - Jaime Lannister

Alfie Allen - Theon Greyjoy

Gwendoline Christie - Brienne of Tarth

Isaac Hempstead Wright - Bran Stark

Liam Cunningham - Davos Seaworth

Carice van Houten - Melisandre

Joe Dempsie - Gendry Baratheon

Who has directed season 8 of Game of Thrones?

Episiodes one, two and four were directed by David Nutter (the one responsible for the Red Wedding, The Rain of Castamere.

Then, moving onto the more nitty gritty episodes, we have Miguel Sapochnik (of Battle of the Bastards fame) directing episodes three and five.

Finally, showmakers Benioff and Weiss have co-directed the sixth and final episode.

The books' author, George RR Martin has guest written in the past, but he has not had a hand in the last season of the show. Instead, Brian Cogman, Dave Hill David Benioff and DB Weiss co-written this series.

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Jon Snow and Daenerys arrive at Winterfell ahead of their epic battle with the White Walkers
Jon Snow and Daenerys arrive at Winterfell ahead of their epic battle with the White Walkers. Picture: HBO

What's going to happen in season 8?

While the Game of Thrones cast have been extremely tight lipped (apparently even Sophie Turner's fiancé Joe Jonas had to sign an NDA), the teaser trailers have given away a few clues.

1) In 'The Crypts of Winterfell', we see Jon, Sansa and Arya walk along the passage towards their mother, father and aunt's tombs. We hear the voices of Lyanna, Ned and Catelyn Stark speak about Jon's place in the family, which obviously relates to the big twist from season 7 - that Jon Snow was actually Lyanna and Rhaegar Targaryen's son. Jon then stands in front of Ned's figure, Sansa in front of her mother's and Arya in front of her aunt's. Their torches then blow out, and the light turns an icy blue, presumably announcing the arrival of the White Walkers at Winterfell.

2) In another teaser trailer, we hear Arya panting as she runs through stone corridors (possibly in the crypt?) away from someone...or something. Actress Maisie Williams pretended to give away a massive spoiler on April Fool's Day while talking with Jimmy Fallon; in the clip, she told the talk show host that Arya died in the first few episodes. And while she revealed she was pulling a prank, this teaser trailer doesn't seem too promising (we sincerely hope that's not that case #TeamArya).

We also hear her say "I know death. He's got many faces. I look forward to seeing this one." Now, that could mean a plethora of things; from the Night King wreaking havoc on Westeros, to Jon Snow and his army defeating the Wights. It's most likely in reference to Arya Stark's ability to morph into others after training with the Faceless Men - and lord knows she's got enemies left on her list that she wants to deal with.

Cersei and Qyburn are busy plotting back at King's Landing, while the others are facing the threat from beyond The Wall. As you'll recall from the season 7 finale, Daenerys' dead dragon Viserion is being used by the Night King to breathe blue flames at the block of ice, tearing it down so his Army of the Dead can infiltrate the north and make their way to Winterfell.

As we also see in the trailer, Daenerys rides on a horse alongside Jon Snow and the Unsullied. The dragons fly over Winterfell, announcing to Sansa that Dany and her brother are back. We hear Jaime's promise to "fight for the living", and then, finally, their army lined up, facing the Night King and the White Walkers.

3) The 'Aftermath' trailer (above) begins with the Stark banner blowing gently in the breeze, before we see Winterfell empty and abandoned. As everything is covered in a layer on snow, it looks as though some time has passed. It also looks as though some serious shit has gone down at the Stark's home.

Moving around the castle's many rooms, we see Jamie's golden hand resting in the snow, Lyanna's feather drifting in the wind, Tyrion's Hand of the Queen badge discarded, Bran's wheelchair overturned, Dany's Dragon Chain neglected and Arya's sword, Needle, sticking out of a rock. It then pans to a shot of Jon's sword, Longclaw, resting in the snow. The showmakers are clearly trying to get us to FTFO, implying everyone's wiped out by the Wights. But we refuse to believe it. For now, anyway.

Arya's sword, Needle, is among the abandoned items left at Winterfell in the 'Aftermath' teaser
Arya's sword, Needle, is among the abandoned items left at Winterfell in the 'Aftermath' teaser. Picture: HBO