Beyond the city limits, a huge number of spots around the country have stood in for King Renly’s camp, Harrenhal and the Godswood, among others, while crews on the windswept and forbidding causeway coast have made ample use of the province’s notoriously fickle weather to conjure the rough and forbidding Iron Islands and Pyke, seat of the Greyjoys. This has created a wide range of volunteering opportunities both for the show’s technical crew and set production teams and the upkeep of the locations themselves, many of which are owned by charitable organisations.
Although the production has been a tremendous boon for the province and an unparalleled opportunity to showcase its natural beauty, some in the industry are remaining level-headed. Belfast-born Director of Hotel Rwanda Terry George recently told the website Irish Central, “I have to voice a note of caution as the big studios and the big productions can vanish just as fast as they appeared, so while it’s wonderful to have HBO and NBC/Universal there, if local productions, local film makers and local talent are not given long-term financial and structural support we’ll be left with empty studio space and a lot of people having to go abroad to find work.”
Game of Thrones is steadily releasing a series of on-set videos showing their travels around the world and the slowly emerging world of Westeros. Keep your eyes peeled in the months after the new series for the opportunity to be part of that creation.