If you ever watched Game Of Thrones and thought “hot damn, I’d love to one day visit the frigid misery of Castle Black“, we have got some great bloody news for you. And it is bloody news.
HBO has announced plans to convert several key Game Of Thrones sets in Northern Ireland into bona fide tourist attractions, allowing fans of the fantasy epic to wander through the likes of Winterfell, Kings Landing, and yes, the Night’s Watch enclave Castle Black.
Even better news for those who expect to have mad withdrawals once we discover who ascends to the Iron Throne: the network has pencilled in 2019 for the opening of the so-called Game Of Thrones Legacy sites.
The announcement comes as the network winds down the final season’s production, meaning they’re basically just going to have all of these mad prop castles lying around anyway.
In addition to allowing fans to walk the same cobblestones as the Starks, Lannisters, Greyjoys and various other battlers, the sites will also host props, costumes, weaponry, and key production materials, to really make you feel like you’re about to be wrongly executed for someone else’s scheming.
In a statement obtained by Variety, the chief of Tourism NI said the project would be a global boon for the nation.
“While 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,” said John McGrillen.
And if you can’t quite wait until then, well, just hop on over to Croatia and get wasted in Dubrovnik, as is the Australian tradition.
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