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Game of Thrones is casting two new characters, activity spotted at old filming location

Game of Thrones Season 8 will air in the first half of 2019 and probably, before the 2019 Emmys as confirmed by visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer. But what happens after this epic series ends once and for all? One thing is for sure that Game of Thrones will still be evergreen with the incomparable cast members, the amazing music, and the epic sets and locations. Well, at least HBO’s press release says so. Read on.

Game of Thrones Season 8 filming at Winterfell set ends, more pictures of aftermath

In the press release HBO announced that even after Game of Thrones ends, it will be still remembered with the launch of Game of Thrones Legacy Experiences in Northern Ireland – a prime shooting location of the series. According to the official press release:

As Game of Thrones finishes filming after a decade in Northern Ireland, HBO is celebrating the show’s incredible legacy in the region by converting several filming locations into tourist attractions. For the first time ever, fans of the Emmy® Award-winning series will have the unique opportunity to visit iconic sets from the show and immerse themselves in the world of Westeros.

Building on the success of past Game of Thrones live branded experiences, including the Touring Exhibition and Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, HBO will open up the archives and share them with the series’ loyal fans. In true Game of Thrones fashion, the Game of Thrones Legacy attractions will be on a scale and scope bigger than anything the public has ever seen, offering the first opportunity for the public to set foot inside some of the most iconic locations from the series and behind the camera lens to see how the world’s biggest TV show was made. Each site will feature not only the breathtaking sets, but will also exhibit displays of costumes, props, weapons, set decorations, art files, models, and other production materials. The visitor experience will be enhanced by state-of-the-art digital content and interactive materials which will showcase some of the digital wizardry the series is known for.

 

Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland will be opened as tourist attractions from 2019

We guess this is great news for all Game of Thrones fans who think that its essence will fade away once the series ends. According to HBO’s Vice President for Licensing and Retail – Jeff Peters:

“HBO is thrilled to celebrate the work of the Game of Thrones creative team and crew by preserving these locations and inviting fans to visit Northern Ireland and explore Westeros in person…We look forward to opening the gates and sharing the excitement of stepping inside these amazing sets with Game of Thrones fans from around the world. The opportunity to celebrate Northern Ireland’s pivotal role in the life and legacy of the show and share its culture, beauty and warmth is also a huge inspiration behind these Legacy projects.”

For long, we’re already familiar with all the beautiful locations that Game of Thrones picks up for filming. These locations will be open to visitors from 2019. HBO’s press release also revealed:

Given the unique and impressive nature of the production work in Northern Ireland, HBO is considering including the standing sets for iconic locations such as Winterfell, Castle Black, and Kings Landing alongside a formal studio tour of Linen Mill Studios which will showcase a wide array of subject matter from the series spanning all seasons and settings. A description of the full scope of the Game of Thrones Legacy project will be revealed at a later date after the exploratory process is completed. A tentative targeted open date is currently set for 2019.

Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland will be opened as tourist attractions from 2019Moreover, according to the Chief Executive of Northern Ireland Tourism – John McGrillen:

“We couldn’t be more excited about the Game of Thrones Legacy project coming to Northern Ireland. While fans have seen the stunning landscapes, coastlines and mountains in the series, we are thrilled they will now have the opportunity to fully experience the charm of Northern Ireland and immerse themselves in to the world of Westeros…”

“The Game of Thrones Legacy project will be a game changer for Northern Ireland on the global tourism level. We very much welcome this exciting announcement by HBO and look forward to welcoming many more visitors to our beautiful country as a result.”

What do you all think? Wouldn’t it be glorious for all of us to visit the Game of Thrones filming locations once in a lifetime? Tell us in the comments.






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Cheer on Game of Thrones fans! We finally have some news on the possible release date of one of the prequels, House of the Dragon. Speaking recently to Variety, HBO programming chief, Casey Bloys, talked about the release date of the show as well as about now canceled Bloodmoon. Read on to find out more!

Even before Game of Thrones had ended its run there were talks of multiple prequels being in store for its fans. Well, at least one looks all set to see the light of the day. As per Bloys, the team is

“in the room breaking story right now. … My guess is we’ll see it on the air in ’22.”. 

HBO Chief Casey Bloys talks about Game of Thrones Prequels

Bloys also spoke about the unfortunate cancellation of prequel starring Naomi Watts, Bloodmoon. He said:

“Pilots — sometimes they come together, sometimes they don’t, and I would say that was very much the case here. There’s nothing I would point to and say ‘Oh, this was the problem.’ … That [prequel] was 8,000 years before the current show, so it required a lot more invention. One of the benefits of ‘House of the Dragon’ is there was a text from George and there was a little bit more of a roadmap. [Goldman’s prequel] did have more challenges in terms of establishing a world, but I think she handled that beautifully… there wasn’t one glaring thing.”

Well, at least fans will have something to look forward to! Tell us your thoughts on the possible release date of the House of the Dragon in the comments below.






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Game of Thrones prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ likely to premiere in 2022

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Dragons have generated wonder and enigma in everyone’s heart. The spread of wings, a flight of fancy, and dragon-fire at disposal. It’s an animal of unimaginable proportions, drawing fire and blood with ease and ferocity. But we saw just three in Game of Thrones, an army is waiting. House of the Dragon is coming. Ever since we heard the news a few months back, the excitement has been rising. Now, we have the first news of its release. Casey Bloys, the programming chief of HBO, spoke about the prequel series at the Television Critics Association (TCA) tour.

Game of Thrones prequel 'House of the Dragon' likely to premiere in 2022

He said that the year 2022 was his “best guess” for the likely premiere of House of the Dragon. According to him, it was tough to be more specific than the tentative mark he mentioned.

“They are in the room breaking story right now. My guess is we’ll see it on air in ’22,” Bloys clarified. It seems quite far, but then we heard ‘Winter is coming’ in the first season of Game of Thrones; and it took almost seven years to reach us. Though it was a slow burn, we guess a tasty meal takes time to cook.

“Obviously it’s a big, complicated show,” the HBO official added. House of Dragon is a prequel set in the days of Targaryen dominance in Westeros; taking us almost 300 years in the past from where Game of Thrones started. A time infested by family strife, civil war and plenty of dragons, the straight to series order by HBO is supposed to follow the events during The Dance of Dragons. Without a doubt, it has the potential to follow in the footsteps of the mountain called Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones prequel 'House of the Dragon' likely to premiere in 2022

Casey further informed us that there were no updates on the casting front. However the storytellers have been mentioned a few times. George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood will be the source material; and the series is co-created by Ryan Condal and George Martin. Miguel Sapochnick, who gave us thrilling episodes like The Winds of Winter, The Long Night, etc. will partner with Condal as showrunner. Wes Tooker, Claire Kiechel, and Ti Mikkel are also on board the writer’s ship.

There was always the news of multiple shows in the pipeline for the world of ice and fire; one of which went till the pilot stage. At the moment, however, HBO only seems to see fire and blood through.

“For me, for right now, I think getting House of the Dragon on the air will be the number one priority. There are no other blinking green lights or anything like that. Sometime down the road who knows, but there are no immediate plans. We are all focusing on House of Dragon,” Bloys concluded.

Game of Thrones prequel 'House of the Dragon' likely to premiere in 2022

The House that has gathered the most amount of frenzy among Game of Thrones fans will finally go bare in front of us. It’s coming soon and we are sitting tight. What do you think? Tell us in the comments section.






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Ex-HBO chief responsible for Game of Thrones signs 5-year deal with Apple

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Ex-HBO chief responsible for Game of Thrones signs 5-year deal with Apple

Game of Thrones was undoubtedly one of the most successful shows of all time. So much so that millions of its fans still remember the minute details associated with the show. However, very few people know the man who was responsible for bringing the show in front of such a large audience.

As per the Deadline, Richard Plepler, the former CEO of HBO and the prime reason behind the airing of shows like Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, The Newsroom has now signed the deal with Apple TV+. Read on to find out more!

Plepler who was associated with HBO for 28 years until February 2019 has now decided to join hands with the direct rival of his former company, Apple. He won’t be working in the same capacity as he did for HBO though. He has now formed a company, Eden Productions, which will make TV shows, documentaries, and films exclusively for the ‌Apple TV‌+ streaming service.

Former HBO CEO responsible for Game of Thrones signs 5-year deal with Apple

Speaking about the new move in his career, Plepler said:-

“It was instantaneously clear to me that I had a wonderful and very privileged run at HBO and I wasn’t going to be able to duplicate that again. And I didn’t want to try to duplicate that again. It felt very clear to me that I just wanted to do my own thing.”

Plepler decided to move on from HBO even before the final season of Game of Thrones had aired. Could he have made any difference to the final season had he stayed on? Who knows! One thing is for sure, Apple is going to greatly benefit from having a man of his caliber at the helm of affairs.

Let us know your thoughts about this deal in the comments below!






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