Winter is coming, but well before that, you can get "Game of Thrones" Season 5 as a digital download. And then right about when winter is done coming you can get the HBO show on Blu-ray and DVD.

In a new twist on the usual way of doing things, HBO is releasing the most recent season of "Game of Thrones" -- which just ended in June -- on Digital HD on August 31. You can get all the bonus features in that download seven months before the Blu-ray and DVD release, which is scheduled for March 15, 2016. Normally both digital and hard copy releases are issued around at the same time, in the spring before the new season starts.

What will you get when you download Season 5? "Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season" bonus features include "Introduction to Dorne," "Poisons of Westeros," "A Day in the Life," "The Weapons of Dorne," "Invitation to the Set," "Set Design," "New Characters & Locations," Season 4 Recap and the trailer. Here are more details from HBO.

Meanwhile, a lot of other GoT news was just released at the TCAs, including scoop on two new seasons beyond Season 6 -- which is now filming -- and the possibility of a prequel. HBO's boss confirmed that, as far as he knew, Jon Snow was dead at the end of Season 5. But the question remains: Will he stay dead?

Are you excited to download Season 5 at the end of this month or will you wait for the hard copies next spring. Neither, since maybe you still have the episodes on DVR and don't feel like paying HBO for more?

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