In the aftermatch of the whole Brexit shambles, people have been worrying what that means for Game of Thrones. One of the show’s principle filming sites since season one has been Northern Ireland (NI), as we know, using both outdoor and studio locations, most notably the Paint Hall (Titanic Studios) in Belfast.
While the season seven shoot in the second half of this year is too close to be affected anyway (no one knows how long the exit negotations will take and when they are actually going to start), the situation could potentially have an impact on the final season. However, as it turns out, the funding and incentives Game of Thrones gets via NI Screen, NI Invest, and UK-wide programmes is not coming out of EU money. As Deadline Holywood writes, there used to be additional support from the European Regional Development Fund, but that stopped a couple of seasons ago already.
The reporter also obtained clarifying statements from HBO and from NI Screen:
HBO: We do not anticipate that the result of the EU Referendum will have any material effect on HBO producing Game Of Thrones.
NI Screen: This statement is to confirm that Northern Ireland Screen’s production funding comes from the Northern Ireland Executive through Invest NI and does not use monies provided from European funded programmes. We look forward to business as usual.
All is well, then – as far as our particular concerns with Game of Thrones go, at any rate.