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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Richard Madden and Kit Harington hit the red carpet at Marvel’s Eternals World Premiere
Game of Thrones stars are no strangers to being in the limelight, but two of the most notable members of the cast have moved on to one of the very few franchises in the world that are bigger than Thrones — the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kit Harington and Richard Madden recently hit the red carpet at Eternals World Premiere, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest film to grace the big screen.
Harington, 34, and Madden, 35, rose to fame after playing half brothers Jon Snow and Robb Stark, respectively, on HBO’s epic fantasy Game of Thrones. They will be reuniting after almost a decade on screen on Marvel’s upcoming movie Eternals, starring as fan favourite superheroes from The Eternals comic book series.
Madden has been tapped in to play Ikaris, a hero from an ancient race of beings descended from celestials. While Harington will play Dane Whitman, aka The Black Knight, a human who gains superpowers after gaining access to a mystical sword.
Harington hit the red carpet with a brown shirt under a pinstriped suit coat, with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows. He also wore matching black pinstriped pants with a black leather watch strapped to his left wrist.
His co-star Madden opted for a more formal look with a black tuxedo coat over a white dress shirt and black bowtie. The actor sported the early scruff of a growing beard on the red carpet, though it was not as full as his co-star. He completed his look with black tuxedo pants and shiny black shoes for the world premiere red carpet event.
Are you excited about Marvel’s Eternals? Talk to us in the comments below!
George R. R. Martin loved the House of The Dragon’s teaser trailer
House of The Dragon’s first teaser trailer is finally here! The teaser was released by HBO at the end of the HBO Max European launch event and it features a voiceover by Matt Smith who plays the role of Prince Daemon Targaryen. It broke the internet as soon as it was released, and fans are going crazy over the accuracy and detail shown in the teaser. It was watched by over 10 million viewers in less than three days of its launch! And George R. R. Martin has something to say about the teaser trailer.
Martin wrote on his blog Not a Blog:
“Yes, I know, most of you have already seen this. (What can I say? I am busy. Juggling so many balls, so many projects, posting stuff on my Not A Blog is not my highest priority, so things may always be a little bit behind here).
For the handful who have been off the internet the past few days, however… HBO has released the first official teaser/trailer for HOUSE OF THE DRAGON. Here ’tis.
(And yes, I love it too. Ryan and Miguel and their team are kicking ass and taking names).”
Looking at the current speed of production, we can hope Martin’s earlier prediction about the prequel’s release will come to fruition. What do you think about House of The Dragon? Talk to us in the comments below!
A young Alicent Hightower takes over the Iron Throne in Leicester Square
The filming for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is progressing really smoothly, besides minor delays everything’s looking good for HBO’s high priority project. HBO recently dropped the first official teaser trailer for House of The Dragon, and fans are going crazy about it. That being said, we know that filming for the prequel show will be starting in Spain the next week, and the cast and crew members are gathering up at the Castle of La Calahorra.
The actors are taking a small break from their busy schedule before the shoot resumes, and it seems Emily Carey, who will be playing a young Alicent Hightower in the show is having fun with a replica of the Iron Throne.
— Emily Carey (@TheEmilyCarey) October 8, 2021
Carey recently posted a picture on her official Twitter account. She seems to be enjoying a quiet day at Leicester Square, and her preferred choice of furniture is the Iron Throne replica. She wrote in the caption, “Found this chair in Leicester Square (wearing green was coincidental).” #HOTD #HouseofTheDragon #AlicentHightower
Do you think the future Queen of Westeros was foreshadowing a scene from House of The Dragon? Wearing green was coincidental? Maybe, maybe not. Only time will tell.
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