Game of Thrones filming returns to NI

Published Thursday, 12 April 2012
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Top HBO series Game of Thrones will return to Northern Ireland to film its third series.

Game of Thrones filming returns to NI
Emilia Clarke and writer George R R Martin with the Year of Excellence Award. (© Getty)

The President of HBO Programming announced earlier this week that the show - based on George R R Martin's fantasy books - will continue.

"Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season - and then surpassed them," said Michael Lombardo.

"We are thrilled by all the viewer and media support we've received for the series, and can't wait to see what Dan and David have in store for next season.

On Thursday NI Screen confirmed production for Game of Thrones will continue in Belfast, shooting in the Paint Hall as well as new sound stages in Belfast and the Linen Mill Film Studios in Banbridge.

The series, set in the world of Westeros, has been a hit with audiences across the world and its second series, which was began earlier this month in America, has been hailed as "a cinematic feast" by the Los Angeles Times.

More than 8.3 million viewers tuned in to watch the second series premiere and it is expected to easily surpass the season one average of 9.3 million viewers.

The multi-award winning programme picked up honours at the 2012 Emmy and Golden Globe Awards, as well as a host of nominations at other ceremonies.

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