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This is when (and where) the ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off is going to start filming

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This is when (and where) the ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off is going to start filming

We’ve now got some official confirmation that the Game of Thrones spin-off is filming in Northern Ireland - and production is starting surprisingly soon 

Don’t panic my fellow Game of Thrones junkies. Even though our fave show has officially finished filming and will air its final season next year, we’ve got some really encouraging news.

The Game of Thrones spin-off season, with the working title ‘The Long Night,’ is already well underway – and there’s even an official filming date and location.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, filming on the prequel series will start in Belfast in October, it has been confirmed.

TV execs have stumped for the Paint Hall studio, where much of Game of Thrones was filmed, once again. Paint Hall studio is part of the larger Titanic Studio complex, where parts of the RMS Titanic were built.

Titantic Studios, one of the largest filming studios in Europe, is where the Red Keep, Iron Throne and Great Sept of Baelor scenes are filmed. 

Other scenes have been filmed in Croatia, Iceland and Malta. 

A Paint Hall source welcomed the developments, telling the publication: “This is fantastic news for everyone at the studio - from the cast and the crew, right down to the riggers and the catering staff.”

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The rather unassuming place where Game of Thrones is filmed in Northern Ireland

Here’s everything else we know about the upcoming series…

What’s it going to be about?

HBO released this tantalising description for the show:

“The series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East, to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.”

In Martin’s novels, the Age of Heroes is a period of history after the Dawn Age, in which the First Men crossed the land bridge into Westeros and came into contact with the illusive Children of the Forest, according to the fan-powered Game of Thrones Wiki.

Who’s writing it?

The show will be co-created by George RR Martin and screenwriter Jane Goldman, who will act as showrunner.

Goldman’s credits include the Kingsman films, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass and The Woman in Black.

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The Iron Throne scenes are filmed in Northern Ireland

When is it airing?

HBO’s progamming president has Casey Bloys previously said that the first show will not air until at least a year after the main show ends. So this means the earliest we could see it is 2020.

How much will it cost?

HBO executives have said they’re willing to throw more than $50m at each new season.

“$50 million [per season] would never fly for what we are trying to do. We are going big,” Francesca Orsi, HBO senior vp drama, said at the INTV conference in Israel in March.

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