The final series of the global hit drama, Game of Thrones, may have been announced, but it won’t be the end of the fantasy world which was brought to life via some of Northern Ireland’s most stunning scenery.

The Independent has reported that the spin-offs will “explore different time periods of George R R Martin’s vast and rich universe”, suggesting they take place before or after the events of Game of Thrones, as opposed to concurrently.

Game of Thrones is filmed mainly in Northern Ireland at locations including Castleward in Co Down, the Mourne Mountains, the Paint Hall Studios in Titanic Quarter Belfast and the north coast, including the Dark Hedges, as well as Croatia, Iceland and Spain.

It has become a significant employer, drawing on production staff and extras from Northern Ireland as well as several local actors including the likes of Conleth Hill, Ian McElhinney, Richard Dormer, Kristian Nairns, Callum Wharry and the late JJ Murphy.

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