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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.

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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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We have been locked in for a good part of this year. Although things are gradually opening up, it’s still the norm that you should only go out if and when it’s necessary. So, we can say that many activities which aren’t strictly need-based are still shut down. During this period of COVID-19 lockdowns, hopeful things have eluded us constantly. However, we have heard about a few exciting developments as well; prime among which was the news about the progress on The Winds of Winter.

George R.R. Martin had informed us that the lockdown had helped him to write and that he was writing every day. Now, the author of the ASOIAF (A Song of Ice and Fire) series has given another update on his journey of finishing the penultimate novel in the book series. He also shared the position of the prequel TV series, The House of the Dragon in response to pandemic problems. Read on to find out more.

George R.R. Martin updates us about the progress on The Winds of Winter and The House of the Dragon

Martin has been posting regularly on his Not a Blog throughout the period of the lockdown. In a recent post titled “Writing, Reading, Writing”, he talked about The Winds of Winter. “If nothing else, the enforced isolation has helped me write. I am spending long hours every day on THE WINDS OF WINTER, and making steady progress. I finished a new chapter yesterday, another one three days ago, another one the previous week,” he wrote.

Further, he cautioned us against assuming that the book is almost complete. “But no, this does not mean that the book will be finished tomorrow or published next week. It’s going to be a huge book, and I still have a long way to go. Please do not give any credence to any of the click-bait websites that like to parse every word of my posts as if they were papal encyclicals to divine hidden meanings.”

GRRM expressed his sadness over the fact that the Worldcon in New Zealand (CoNZealand) this year has had to go virtual. But he’s positive that now he doesn’t have to compromise with the rhythm he’s in lately. “The last thing I need right now is a long interruption that might cost me all the momentum I have built up. I can always visit Wellington (in New Zealand) next year, when I hope that both Covid-19 and THE WINDS OF WINTER will be done.” So, that’s the latest estimate Martin provided which suggests that we could expect TWOW somewhere in 2021.

George R.R. Martin updates us about the progress on The Winds of Winter and The House of the Dragon

He is still participating in the Worldcon through the virtual domain though. While he has been busy in pre-recording some of his parts for the event, he keeps attending to his writerly duties in Westeros. “In between tapings, I return to Westeros. Of late I have been visiting with Cersei, Asha, Tyrion, Ser Barristan, and Areo Hotah. I will be dropping back into Braavos next week. I have bad days, which get me down, and good days, which lift me up, but all in all I am pleased with the way things are doing.”

Industries and businesses have taken a serious hit when people had to go indoors due to coronavirus. But Martin reassured us about the confirmed Game of Thrones prequel. “Hollywood has slowed to a crawl thanks to the pandemic, but THE HOUSE OF THE DRAGON is still flying wonderfully, thanks to Ryan Condal and his writers, and the tireless Ti Mikkel.” Mikkel is one of the writers who are assisting the show creators with the scripts.

George R.R. Martin updates us about the progress on The Winds of Winter and The House of the Dragon

GRRM left us with a tempting taste of blood when he signed off. “Now you will have to excuse me. Arya is calling. I think she means to kill someone,” he wrote at the last. We know who comes to your mind by that. But the books do not deal with White Walkers the same way as the show did. So, Arya here could be just after anyone on her list.

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Raging protests took place in the United States along with the rest of the world after George Floyd, an African-American, was pinned to death by four policemen. The incident took place on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and ever since then, the Black Lives Matter movement has caught fire across the globe; including all the fifty states of the USA. Although violent riots broke out in some places, most people raised their voices peacefully against racial injustice and police brutality. George R. R. Martin, the man whose words brought Game of Thrones to life, also voiced his opinion on his Not a Blog.

George R.R. Martin extends his support to the 'Black Lives Matter' protests

In a post titled “Words for our Times”, Martin posted a picture with two quotes by Frederick Douglass; a famous African-American social reformer who spoke and wrote against slavery. “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will,” read the first one. The American author wrote no words of his own yet clearly expressed his unease and anger towards the way people have segregated various sections of the society based on class, race, and gender. The ignorance of the society and of those in power regarding such issues has cost the safety of our freedom, life, and diversity. It has only spread hatred and brought ruin to the marginalized groups.

Many from the Game of Thrones cast had come out in the open to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Actors like Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon), and Richard Madden (Robb Stark) took to streets and walked and chanted with the protesters. Other celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt, and Michael B. Jordan also spoke for equality and the stake of black voices in different aspects of the society. Slogans like “No justice No peace”, “White silence is violence”, “I can’t breathe” echoed through the streets.

George R.R. Martin extends his support to the 'Black Lives Matter' protests

The US President, Donald Trump’s recent statement calling “Black Lives Matter” a symbol of hate has raised questions about the role of the people in power. However, the office of the President has made it clear that it was meant for the organization of the same name that they claim is leading people to violence and extremism. Whatever the reasons, it’s not possible to rule out any government from the equations of injustice. It’s a burden shared by every citizen which is mirrored in the face of our leaders.

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We have to let things go after a point even when we want to hold on to them forever. The HBO network’s most popular show of the last decade, Game of Thrones bid us goodbye before the advent of the 2020s. Although there’s no need to drop GoT from our memories, the audiences have begun to look forward. With the launch of WarnerMedia’s streaming service platform HBO Max on May 27, new horizons have come upon. The most popular show on HBO Max within the first four days of its launch was not Game of Thrones or other adult hits such as The Sopranos or Sex and the City. It was Looney Tunes Cartoons, which was followed by The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo on the second spot; both aimed at kids. Read on to find out more.

Looney Tunes Cartoons is more popular than Game of Thrones on HBO Max

Looney Tunes Cartoons is an animated web TV series; created as a reboot from the characters of the classics, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies (from the 1930s-1960s). It premiered on May 27, 2020, along with the debut of HBO Max. Parrot Analytics, a global data firm, estimates the most popular shows in terms of social media, fan ratings, and piracy. The stats for the shows on HBO Max told us that Looney Tunes drew a demand that was 19.4 times higher than an average show.

This was more than the demand for the top shows of Quibi and Apple TV+; within the first four days of their respective launches. But the interest pales in comparison to Disney+’s The Mandalorian, which had generated an interest of 46.1 times higher than an average show; when it debuted in November 2019. At the end of the first week of HBO Max, Love Life (a rom-com anthology series) took the second spot after Looney Tunes Cartoons; with a demand of 9 times more than an average show.

Looney Tunes Cartoons is more popular than Game of Thrones on HBO Max

The report by Bloomberg hints that the latest trends on HBO Max suggest a necessary diversification in terms of the audience demographic. HBO has produced some great, premium content for its adult viewers over the years; while there hasn’t been much variety available for the kids. However, with new streaming services such as Disney+, Apple TV+, and the already established Netflix and Amazon Prime, a wave of family-friendly content has emerged. Thus, HBO Max also seems to be making the cut in the race of growing competition.

The path of HBO Max has been far from smooth as the COVID-19 pandemic has halted the production of any new exclusives. Also, not everyone is aware of the differences between HBO (already has 40 million subscribers) and HBO Max. The quality of HBO shows has never been questioned. Giants like Game of Thrones, Succession, Chernobyl, and Barry have carried HBO with great value and reception. But the new streaming battle will have to be fought with a great mix of new originals and old classics; which would pave a way to get HBO Max in front of a large number of viewers.

Looney Tunes Cartoons is more popular than Game of Thrones on HBO Max

So, yes, Game of Thrones might not interest everyone who is watching these news shows on the streaming platforms; perhaps because they have already watched the biggest fantasy-drama ever. However, the interest in Westeros will certainly rise when the upcoming prequel, House of Dragon arrives. And with more spinoffs in the pipeline, plus two monumental books in the ASOIAF series still in progress, Game of Thrones is here to stay; with one face or the other.

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