As the final season of Game of Thrones fast approaches, some people are looking ahead and wondering – what are we going to do afterwards?
Well, you could go outside or something, but leaving the world of GoT behind is going to be difficult. Thankfully, however, the studio has got your back.
HBO has taken inspiration from Harry Potter – but don’t worry, they’re not retroactively changing loads of things about characters and plot lines – instead they’ve announced a studio tour, which will be open to the public from spring 2020. Considering the detail that goes into every scene of every episode of every season, you know there’s going to be a lot to take in.
The Game of Thrones Studio Tour will drop fans in the very heart of the Seven Kingdoms. It’ll showcase the iconic imagery, sets, original props, weapons and costumes from the show. Hopefully there’ll also be the many faces Arya pops on and off to do her assassination business too…
It’ll be located in Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, Northern Ireland — the original filming location used for many memorable scenes throughout the run of the series.
A spokesperson for the HBO tour said:
Guests will be treated to an up-close and personal look at a wide selection of items pulled straight from the screen and have the opportunity to walk through authentic set pieces from some of the show’s most iconic scenes.
In collaboration with HBO Licensing & Retail, Linen Mill Studios are designing and building the new 110,000-square-foot interactive experience and will open its gates for visitors in Spring 2020. It is the first in a series of Game of Thrones Legacy projects announced by HBO last year.
The tour is set to bring to life the environments we’ve all come to know and love since the show began. From King’s Landing, Winterfell, Dragonstone, The Wall and the lands beyond, to kingdoms across the Narrow Sea like Mereen and Braavos.
It will also encompass the painstaking work of the Production Design and the Art Department teams, without whom the show would not have the signature look and feel it does today.
Jeff Peters, vice president of licensing & retail at HBO, said:
It is our sincere pleasure to announce the first attraction from the Game of Thrones Legacy project in Northern Ireland. Some of the most iconic scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed at Linen Mill Studios and our fans will soon have an opportunity to visit and see the work of the show’s incredible crew in the museum setting it deserves.
As HBO hide a number of thrones around the world for lucky fans to find, it seems the rest of us will soon be able to perch on the Iron Throne in the future too.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.