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Game of Thrones Studio Tour to open this fall in Northern Ireland

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It has been quite some time since Game of Thrones finished its run on TV but the fever of ice and fire still grips a large part of the fan-base across the world. More so because our beloved Westeros will surely return in different avatars; the most notable being House of The Dragon, a prequel based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire And Blood. The latest among such offerings is going to be a Game of Thrones Studio Tour. Set in Northern Ireland, it was teased for a long time but we finally have some concrete details to hold onto regarding its opening and operation.

Game of Thrones Studio Tour is opening this fall in Northern Ireland

A new report by The Irish News has brought to light a number of exciting developments. Game of Thrones was shot extensively in different parts of Northern Ireland. Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge was one of the prime locations for filming and production. The site of Linen Mill Studios is getting converted into a 110,000 square-foot area; set to provide a strong insight into the life of arguably the most popular show in the world. The studio tour will open in the fall (autumn) of 2020; and preparations are underway to make it as surprising and convenient as possible.

The studio tour is located about 3.5 km east of the town center; and the organizers don’t wish the visitors to drive straight to the site. Thus, a large park and ride facility will be available near the Boulevard retail complex in Banbridge for nearly 350 vehicles.

Game of Thrones Studio Tour is opening this fall in Northern Ireland

Regarding its operation, the tour will be open 12 hours per day, seven days a week; and is expected to host 600,000 visitors annually through ten years of operation. An estimate suggests that one-fourth of these visitors will be people from Northern Ireland; while the rest will consist of tourists from across the border and all over the world. This huge influx of tourism will be responsible for a sizable boost in the economy as the spending by the tourists is supposed to reach close to £400m (396.2 million to be precise) by 2030. In terms of investment, the amount being spent stands at £23.7m; and apart from revenue, the studio tour will also employ about 194 people.

John Hogg and Company, a Northern Ireland business group, owns the Linen Mill Studios. It was once home to Ballievey Bleaching Company which played a big role in defining the Irish linen industry. The mill was operated by Ulsters Weavers until Game of Thrones moved in with its production in 2011.

Game of Thrones Studio Tour is opening this fall in Northern Ireland

Partnering with HBO Licensing & Retail, Linen Mill Studios will feature the Game of Thrones studio tour; “Showcasing authentic sets, costumes and props from all seasons of the hit series, this engaging tour will allow fans to truly step inside the world of Westeros and beyond,” the official website quotes. The great hall of Winterfell will serve as the centerpiece for the tour; here the visitors will be able to engage in a lot of digitally interactive activities. There will also be a restaurant and ‘back-lot café’, a planned replica for the studio-catering experience.

The King’s Landing set based at Titanic Studios in Belfast still remains a curiosity. After being razed to the ground by the mother-son duo of Daenerys-Drogon in season 8, the set has continued to stand in its demolished glory. The HBO officials have hinted at possibilities of opening it up for visitors but nothing helpful has come our way. It’s a waiting game right now as there is the prequel for the Targaryen dynasty which will feature King’s Landing in its Aegon the Conqueror days. Thus, it might just come handy.

Game of Thrones Studio Tour is opening this fall in Northern Ireland

So, the news is finally out. Many of us have been closely following the developments since the Game of Thrones legacy project was first announced back in 2018. The fans will get an opportunity to walk on the locations where they saw jaw-dropping action being performed. It will hopefully be worth every drop of blood and sweat that stained the drama from the land of the seven kingdoms. Tell us your views in the comments section below.






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Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H’ghar) shows up in first teaser trailer for Stranger Things Season 4

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Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H'ghar) shows up in first teaser trailer for Stranger Things Season 4

Game of Thrones stars are all over the place these days, and we’re sure that the fans are going to love this new development that we have today. Tom Wlaschiha, who played one of the most mysterious characters from Game of Thrones, Jaqen H’ghar, has now appeared in the first teaser trailer for Netflix’s Stranger Things Season 4. Read on!

Before you proceed, SPOILER ALERT! Beware of spoilers if you aren’t caught up with Stranger Things.

Now, as we know, Stranger Things has a year return to Netflix, and we got an official confirmation from Netflix for the fourth season a few months ago. The first teaser trailer for Season 4 of Stranger Things just dropped, and it looks like Tom Wlaschiha has a part to play. Take a look:

Well, there’s two big reveals here. We hadn’t heard any casting rumours or reports about Tom Wlaschiha for Stranger Things Season 4, but he seems to be playing a badass looking Russian officer of some sorts. Secondly, Chief Hopper, played by David Harbour, who actually was shown to die at the end of the last season, is making an appearance, with lesser hair this time.

Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H'ghar) shows up in first teaser trailer for Stranger Things Season 4

So exciting! There’s no release date for Stranger Things Season 4 yet, or details about Tom’s role, but we expect these bits to be revealed in the coming weeks as Netflix starts teasing the season more.

What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Watch a brooding Maisie Williams in latest images from The New Mutants

Maisie Williams a.k.a. Arya Stark from Game of Thrones has emerged as a very popular figure around the globe. In fact, post the show’s run, most of the star cast has moved on to do different and exciting stuff. Williams too has begun to create her own niche. She was recently seen singing “Let it Go” in the new Audi Super Bowl Commercial. Now we have some fresh news on Williams’ next assignment. Read on!

It is not a secret anymore that Maisie Williams will be seen playing a mutant in her next film, The New Mutants. The trailer was released a while ago and Williams impressed everyone with her presence. She is going to play the role of Rahne Sinclair a.k.a. Wolfsbane in the film and we now have some fresh looks out from the film.

Have a look:

Aren’t you impressed? We sure are!

As per Collider, In the comics, Rahne is a devout Catholic who must contend with her seemingly extraordinary mutation. Rahne is able to shape-shift and, true to her codename, frequently transforms into what we recognize as a werewolf. These new images hint at Rahne’s strict religious upbringing, giving us new insight into the character’s psyche.

Isn’t it great to see our beloved Arya Stark doing great in her upcoming projects? We sure hope she goes on to replicate her success of Thrones in whatever she chooses to do next.

The New Mutant is going to release on April 3, 2020, and we can’t keep calm!

How did you like Maisie’s look from the film? Let us know your views in the comments below!






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Game of Thrones star Ian McElhinney all set to appear on Doctor Who Season 12

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Game of Thrones ended last year leaving fans divided. Some even complained that the entire last season was rushed. But, we can’t evade the fact that the series has now ended for good. Most of the cast members have now moved on. Kit Harington (Jon Snow) has joined the cast of Marvel’s The Eternals and Maisie Williams will be playing Wolfsbane in the upcoming The New Mutants film. Similar is the case of Ian McElhinney, who played Baristan Selmy in Game of Thrones.

Ian McElhinney will be appearing in the two-part finale of Season 12 of Doctor Who airing on BBC One. He reportedly will be encountering the TARDIS Fam in the two-parter, called ‘Ascension of the Cybermen’ and ‘The Timeless Children’. 

Ian revealed to Digital Spy:

“I very much enjoyed my time on Doctor Who…The team were a delight to work with and everyone was very supportive and welcoming. All in all, it was a blast.”

Though at this point of time, it isn’t clear which character will he be portraying he reportedly will be joined by Steve Toussaint, known for Deep Water, Mutant Chronicles and The Knock. Ian McElhinney’s character Barristan Selmy – a loyal trustee of Daenerys Targaryen was killed off in Season 5 of Game of Thrones, being ambushed by the Sons of the Harpy in the episode “Sons of the Harpy”.

Ian McElhinney apart from his badass portrayal of Barristan Selmy in Game of Thrones has also starred in The Fall and Krypton.

Would you love watching Ian McElhinney make an appearance in Doctor Who airing on BBC One? Share your thoughts in the comments. 






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