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New £24m Game of Thrones attraction to open in Northern Ireland featuring sets from King’s Landing and Winterfell

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A new chance for Game of Thrones’ fans to relive their fantasies is about to open in Northern Ireland. A £24m Game of Thrones attraction center in Co Down is being set up by Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge. It will be developed under license with Warner Brothers Consumer Products.

The tour will be another stop for fans of the fantasy TV series who, pre-COVID, loved to visit spots like Ballintoy Harbour, Castle Ward, and the Dark Hedges to follow in the footsteps of characters. The tourist attraction will feature sets from King’s Landing and Winterfell.

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The Linen Mill Studios have now received planning permission. The tour is expected to pull in 600,000 visitors and generate £400m in revenue per year. It will help in the recovery of the tourism industry post-COVID-19, as tourism is estimated to have lost 50% of its 2019 £1bn revenues.

The show was filmed here between 2009 and 2018 by HBO. It was adapted from George R.R. Martin’s famous novel A Song of Ice and Fire. Linen Mill Studios want the venue to embody the entertainment, drama, and quality which made Game of Thrones the most pirated TV show in history.

Some of the most iconic scenes of the show were shot at the studio. The fans will have an opportunity to visit and see the work of the show’s incredible crew in a museum setting. Apart from the set, the tour will also feature a make-up and prosthetics shop for the guests. There will also be a restaurant to relive the studio catering experience.

Are you excited about the brand new opening of the tour stop? Let us know in the comments below!


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Netflix responds to criticism over Game of Thrones’ bosses’ new TV show

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Every new venture is bound to be hit with some kind of backlash, no matter how good the concept is. Game of Thrones’ showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are facing a similar situation with their new project, Netflix’s Three-Body Problem.

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Three-Body Problem is an adaptation of Chinese author Liu Cixin’s novel of the same name. Last week, five US Republican senators wrote a letter to the streaming service’s CEO Ted Sarandos. They complained about the plans to adapt Liu Cixin’s sci-fi trilogy.

Liu made comments in The New Yorker last year in which he appeared to support the Chinese government’s internment camps where Uyghur Muslims and other Muslim minorities are being held.

Netflix’s vice president of global policy Dean Garfield was accused of normalizing the Chinese government’s incarceration of Uyghur Muslims by adapting these books.

Garfield responded, “Netflix does not operate a service in China. Netflix judges individual projects on their merits. Mr Liu is the author of the book – The Three-Body Problem – not the creator of this show. We do not agree with his comments, which are entirely unrelated to his book or this Netflix show.”

The Three-Body Problem is going to be the first project Benioff and Weiss will work on, since the completion of Game of Thrones. They have already proved their mettle with the amazing success of Game of Thrones. The new show is the type of fantasy genre that is right up their sleeves.

How do you feel about the senators’ accusations? Let us know in the comments below.


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David Benioff and D. B. Weiss explain why Lady Stoneheart didn’t make it to the series

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Adapting a popular book such as A Song of Ice and Fire for the big screen requires a lot of planning and hard work. There are times when showrunners have to omit characters from the original source. Fans of the novel were a bit disappointed, when fan-favourite Lady Stoneheart didn’t make it to the show.

Lady Stoneheart is a resurrected Lady Catelyn Stark. After she was murdered along with her son Robb and the Starks at the Red Wedding, her body is pulled out of the river by Arya’s dire-wolf Nymeria. She is brought back to life by the Brotherhood without Banners‘ priest Beric Dondarrion.

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Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed three reasons why the character wasn’t there in the show, in the book Fire cannot kill a Dragon, written by Entertainment Weekly editor James Hibberd (The book also revealed facts about the botched pilot episode). The first being George R.R. Martin’s plans for the character.

Part of the reason we didn’t want to put it in had to do with things coming up in George’s books that we don’t want to spoil [by discussing them].” Benioff explained.

The second reason was the resurrection of Jon Snow. He said, “We knew we had Jon Snow’s resurrection coming up. Too many resurrections start to diminish the impact of characters dying. We wanted to keep our powder dry for that.”

The final reason was the Red Wedding. The resurrection would have diminished the effect the scene had created. “Catelyn’s last moment was so fantastic, and Michelle is such a great actress, to bring her back as a zombie who doesn’t speak felt like diminishing returns.” Benioff explained.

Would you’ve liked to see Lady Stoneheart on the screen? Tell us in the comments below!


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Paddy Considine cast as Viserys Targaryen for Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon

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News and rumors regarding Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon have been around for a while now. Fans have been hyped about the series ever since its announcement by HBO back in 2019. The Television network has now added to the hype by announcing the first confirmed cast for the series.

According to Deadline.com, Peaky Blinder’s star Paddy Considine is set to star as King Viserys Targaryen. Viserys was chosen by the Lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy.

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After several rumors about casting for the show earlier this year, the first confirmed casting is welcome news for the Game of Thrones community all around the world. There were rumors about the casting of Rhaenyra Targaryen, Alicent Hightower, and Daemon Targaryen taking place at HBO headquarters.

Later in September, HBO president, Casey Bloys, settled the rumors by confirming the casting being done at the headquarters. The show is now scheduled to premiere in 2022, with casting currently under process and shooting to begin in 2021.

The show-runners are Game of Thrones director Miguel Sapochnik (Emmy winner for the Battle of the Bastards episode) and Ryan Condal.

Are you hyped about the casting? Share your excitement with us in the comments below!


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