Saturday 3 December 2016

Confirmed: How Brexit will affect Game of Thrones' filming in Northern Ireland

Published 25/06/2016 | 12:40

Sophie Turner as Sansa in Game of Thrones
Sophie Turner as Sansa in Game of Thrones
Jon Snow played by Kit Harington in Game of Thrones
A scene from Game of Thrones 'Battle of the Bastards'

Amid the fear of the long-term economic aftermath of Brexit, Game of Thrones fans were concerned about one thing - where would it film next season?

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A large portion of the smash hit fantasy drama, which averages at 20 million viewers per episode, is filmed in Northern Ireland and many were quick to query whether or not GOT was based there to benefit from EU funding.

But HBO have said they will stay in the area, despite Britain's decision to leave the EU.

The fantasy drama was supported by the European Regional Development Fund for the first few seasons, but now longer relies on the grant to support production costs, according to the network.

Jon Snow played by Kit Harington in Game of Thrones
Jon Snow played by Kit Harington in Game of Thrones

“We do not anticipate that the result of the EU referendum will have any material effect on HBO producing Game of Thrones," HBO said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.

The show does receive funding from the Northern Ireland Screen, which "does not use monies provided from European-funded programmes" according to their statement.

GOT has a budget of $20m per episode, which is expected to increase over the next two (and final) seasons as core cast members renegotiated major pay rises for themselves until the series finale in 2018.

Watch the preview for the season six finale airing tomorrow night, here:

 

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