Game of Thrones fans are going to be able to hangout in Winterfell as HBO and Tourism NI team up to turn the sets of the popular show into tourist attractions in Northern Ireland. In addition to Winterfell, Castle Black and Kings Landing are also being considered at the moment along with a studio tour of Linen Mill Studios, which will allow visitors to see props from the hit series and get a hands-on interactive experience. HBO is looking to hopefully have everything ready for guests by some time in 2019.
Each one of the Game of Thrones sets will include costumes, weapons, props, decorations, concept art, and much more for fans to see in real-life. HBO promises that the sets will be "on a scale and scope bigger than anything the public has ever seen," which sounds about right for the massively popular show. If all of the tangible features weren't enough, digital content will also be involved to give fans a view into the making of the series from the VFX team.
Game of Thrones Season 8 is currently in the post-production phase and is expected to premiere in the first half of 2019. The season will mark the last for the hit series, so a tourist attraction that offers fans a chance to visit where the show was filmed is sure to be a major hit in the absence of new episodes. Jeff Peters, HBO's VP of licensing and retail had this to say about the giant undertaking.
"HBO is thrilled to celebrate the work of the 'Game of Thrones' creative team and crew by preserving these locations and inviting fans to visit Northern Ireland and explore Westeros in person. The opportunity to celebrate Northern Ireland's pivotal role in the life and legacy of the show and share its culture, beauty and warmth is also a huge inspiration behind these Legacy projects."
John McGrillen, CEO of Tourism NI, says that the Game of Thrones tourism project, is a "game-changer for Northern Ireland on the global tourism level." While specific details are still under wraps for now, this project will undoubtedly be a huge success that will see visitors from all over the world. McGrillen shared his excitement for the Game of Thrones project in a statement. The statement reads.
"While (Game of Thrones) fans have seen the stunning landscapes, coastlines and mountains in the series, we are thrilled they will now have the opportunity to fully experience the charm of Northern Ireland and immerse themselves in to the world of Westeros."
As fans prepare to say goodbye to Game of Thrones on the small screen, they will be able to go visit some of the most iconic pieces of the show's history and share their experience with other hardcore fans in the near future. Since the project is due to open next year, more information should be coming down the line in the next handful of months. This experience will more than likely be a pretty expensive one with all kinds of exclusive merchandise, so start saving your pennies now. The Game of Thrones tourist attraction news comes to us from Variety.