At first I thought it was a poor man’s Lord of the Rings but fairly quickly on I realised it was so much more than that. I can’t sit here and say it’s better, but what I will say is that I’m more excited for the final season than I was any LOTR film.
It’s just been so long in the making.
While it’s nearing the beginning of the end, it’s not all bad news as HBO has announced that it is turning one of its studios into a giant museum and studio tour for Game of Thrones fans.
Located in within Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, Northern Ireland (about bout 25 miles southwest of Belfast), the studio tour is basically just like the Harry Potter one albeit presumably with much more violence and much less Quidditch.
The tour will bring visitors face-to-face with original set pieces, costumes, props, and weapons used to create the worlds of Westeros and Essos and will featuring a compelling mix of behind-the scenes insights, interactive elements, and expansive, fully dressed sets, so visitors can wander in the same footsteps of many of our beloved characters.
Promo pictures include the map and throne room at Dragonstone, Cersei’s own map of the Seven Kingdoms in Kings Landing, Castle Black, and Winterfell’s great hall, while there will also be workshops about production and design and displays about how prosthetics and weapons are made.
If you’re a GoT super-fan then it’s an absolute must-see.
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.”
Furthermore, 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.”
It will open in spring 2020 and I have to say it looks pretty incredible.
It’s weird to think that by the time anyone sees it in real-life we’ll all know the fate of everyone in Westeros.
If the final season doesn’t pan out exactly how I want it to – Jon and Dany on the Iron Throne, oblivious to their ancestry and surrounded by incestuous Targaryens – than I’m not going out of protest.
No wait I take that back!
Images via HBO/Makingofthrones.com