Game Of Thrones Returns To NI

Hit US show, Game of Thrones, is to return to Northern Ireland to film its third season.

After months of speculation HBO - the American company behind the smash programme - confirmed on Tuesday that it has renewed Game of Thrones for a third season.

Now Northern Ireland Screen can confirm that production for the third season will come back to the UK and will be based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

It is understood that the series will shoot in the Paint Hall film studio and the new sound stages in Belfast, the Linen Mill Film Studios in Banbridge, as well as various locations in Northern Ireland.

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin,Game Of Thrones, is an epic drama set in the world of Westeros, where ambitious men and women of both honor and ill-repute live in a land whose summers and winters can last years. The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning fantasy series began its ten-episode second season on HBO in USA on Sunday, April 1 this year.

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

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