Next year, Game of Thrones will end on HBO after eight seasons, but the fantasy fun doesn't have to end there. According to Variety, HBO will convert several of the show's filming locations in Northern Ireland into tourist destinations.
It's a stroke of genius on the network's part, allowing them to bring in money from the show even after it ends for good.
Nothing is set in Dragonglass just yet, but the initial report states that HBO is probably going to maintain the standing sets for Winterfell, King's Landing, and Castle Black. Moreover, a studio tour at Linen Mill Studios will include costumes, props, and other highly detailed production materials from all eight seasons.
“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,” said Jeff Peters, HBO’s VP of licensing and retail. “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.”
Why not? It worked (and continues to work) so well for Warner Bros.' Harry Potter tour at Leavesden Studios. If all goes well, HBO could open up the attractions as early as next year.
"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,” said John McGrillen, CEO of Tourism NI.