As the final season of HBO’s monumental Game of Thrones creeps ever so closer, an exciting announcement has ensured fans of the hit TV show will still be able to ride the wave of crushing character deaths, extreme violence, and pouncing sers long after this forthcoming string of episodes is done and dusted.
As reported by nytimes.com, HBO will be turning one of the show’s former studios in Northern Ireland into an interactive 110,000 square foot tourist attraction.
Inspired by what Warners Bros’ have done with the Harry Potter studio tour just outside of London, this immersive venture into Thrones’ complex fantasy world will be realised as an interactive exhibition of the show’s various sets, costumes, weapons, props, and technology.
Set to open in spring of 2020, the tour will aim to make fans feel like they are inside their favourite sets as they step into the grounds of Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, a small town approximately 25 miles southwest of Belfast.
Linen Mill was primarily used for scenes in the show’s fictitious North, spanning Winterfell and Castle Black. Several sea battles were also created there. Although the tour won’t be limited to just those settings, as it brings in actual sets and props from other places in the GoT universe, all rebuilt and restored for the public.
HBO are also considering extending the tour to other filming locations, with four different spots around Northern Ireland potentially being turned into similar experiences.
The eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will premiere in Australia on Foxtel on Monday 15th April.