'Game of Thrones' season 7 premiere: Brexit might mean bad news for show's future


It looks like Europe is not the only continent set to face some major upheaval with the recent success of the whole Brexit spectacle, as the continent of Westeros might be in for some problems as well with the future of HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s medieval fantasy political drama “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, “Game of Thrones,” also possibly affected.

That is because the real life Europe might very well be Westeros itself for “Game of Thrones,” as the show’s production and development processes use locations in it as a mainstay. Foreign Policy reported that the filming of the next new seasons of “Game of Thrones,” which is mainly done in Northern Ireland, might be severely affected by Brexit.

Brexit, the shorthand for “British Exit,” is the big vote about whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union. The vote recently passed, making the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union official.

The effects of the above extends all the way to Westeros because one of the main territories of the United Kingdom is Northern Ireland, which is one of the primary production locations used as a major filming ground by the show.

The best and most recent example of Northern Ireland being used in the show is the last episode of the show. Season 6 episode 9 “Battle of the Bastards” depicted a massive clash between Jon Snow (Kit Harington), backed by thousands of Stark family loyalists, and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) and his army.

The location used to film that massive battle was Northern Ireland, which is also where Castle Black and Winterfell scenes are filmed. The episode was also very expensive, costing about $10 million alone, which brings up another problem as the show’s producers also rely on the European Union for funding.

With Brexit, the “Game of Thrones” showrunners may no longer be eligible to receive those funds.