Bad news, Aussie GoT fans. If you want to (legally) watch season six of the HBO hit series, you're going to need to fork out some of your hard-earned Gold Dragons.
Not only does Foxtel have the Australian broadcasting rights secured, it has also locked down all digital rights, including iTunes and Quickflix, meaning they are banned from making the show available until after the series finale has aired.
So unless you want to wait until the series is over before you download it (lol, no) you're going to have to bow down to Foxtel's 'no pay, no play' policy. But how much does a subscription actually cost?
While the the basic Foxtel Play package still costs $25 per month, for the next three months Foxtel has slashed the price of its Premium Movies & Drama package (which includes not only the latest season of GoT, but also 'Girls' and 'Veep') from its usual $20-per-month fee to only $5. As an extra bonus, new customers can get two weeks for free.
Putting those freebie weeks aside, it's going to set you back $30 a month to access the entire sixth GoT season along with lots of other Foxtel content (so $9 per GoT episode) UNLESS -- and here's the catch -- you already have the Premium Movies & Drama package, in which case you have to pay normal prices.
That's right, Foxtel is only offering the special $5 discount rate to new customers or those who plan to either reactivate their account or add the Premium Movies & Drama package to their existing accounts. Which, as pointed out by the Sydney Morning Herald, could very rightly make existing Foxtel Play customers as mad as Joffrey on a bad day.
Now, there is actually a way to legally access GoT season six for free, but before you get excited, it's only really worth it if you're already interested in signing up with Telstra.
Very cleverly, Telstra is offering a free three-month Foxtel subscription when you sign up to an eligible Telstra service. The drawback is that, unlike Foxtel, there is a lock-in contract and you can't cancel your subscription at any time.
The bottom line being, if you were looking at joining up to Telstra for one reason or another, the three months of free Foxtel is definitely a bonus. If you just want to find out whether or not Jon Snow comes back from the dead, well, you'd be better off going with Foxtel directly.
But what about HBO Now? According to the official website, "HBO NOW is only accessible in the U.S. and certain U.S. territories" but of course, some clever coconuts will no doubt find a way to sneak their way in (which Lifehacker says is entirely possible with an Apple TV media player, a VPN service and a fake US iTunes account.)
However, it should be noted that as HBO now charges in USD, in the end the discount isn't that much more than if you went with Foxtel Play in the first place.
Fact of the matter is, it looks like no matter how you angle it, 'Game of Thrones' is going to come at a price this season. Unless, of course, you're President Obama, in which case not only will you view the series completely for free, but you probably already know what happens.
'Game of Thrones' Season 6 will premiere in the US on Sunday night, April 24. In Australia, it will be available to watch via Foxtel from 11am on Monday, April 25.