“Death is so final. Whereas life is full of possibilities”
Northern Ireland plays host to filming for the most popular and most pirated TV show in the world: Game of Thrones. The show is a medieval fiction-fantasy based on the Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin, so they needed landscapes that would be sparsely populated and have features unique to that time period. Northern Ireland fits well with all of the requirements due to its long history, numerous castles and ruins, varied topography and willingness of the government to cooperate with HBO. About 70% of the screen time on the show is filmed in Northern Ireland. Most of the interiors are shot in Belfast at the Paint Hall at Titanic Studios, the giant warehouse where the Titanic was painted. It was converted to studio space when the Northern Ireland Film Board signed Game of Thrones.
While in Northern Ireland, I took a tour with McComb’s Coaches to several of the Game of Thrones filming sites and was enthralled by the gorgeous landscapes. McComb’s also transports the cast and crew to the various sites, so these guys know their Thrones. The following pictures identify which scene(s) took place in each location – mild spoilers follow.
Title quote: Tyrion Lannister, A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin