Unless you’ve been living under The Wall for the past year — you know, that 300-mile stretch of fortification that runs along the northern border of the Seven Kingdoms — you’re probably aware that HBO’s smash fantasy series is set to return on Sunday, April 12, for its fifth season. It will continue to unfurl the brooding, incestuous bloodbath that is George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice, likely shocking new and old fans alike as it introduces more characters than most of us have the capacity to remember.
Thankfully, though finding a legal and affordable way to stream the show hasn’t always been easy, the premium cable network has made watching the series easier than ever before. The recent launch of the standalone HBO Now on Apple products and Dish’s decision to launch live and on-demand versions of the network only provide diehard patrons more ways to watch, in addition to the network’s typical cable service and the accompanying HBO Go app. We sincerely doubt the extra means will likely prevent it from seizing the title as the most pirated show of the year for the fourth year running, but at least it’s now less of hassle to watch it guilt-free — so long as you have a bit of cash to spare and high tolerance for the occasional animal beheading.