HBO’s immensely popular fantasy series Game of Thrones is mostly set in the fictitious continent of Westeros, which includes locations such as King’s Landing, the palace of Dorne and the castle of Winterfell. For fans of the show, these are as good as real places, populated by brave warriors, crooked rulers and scheming courtiers. Like The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, the locations that have been used for the television series have become huge tourist attractions. These include Northern Ireland, Spain, Croatia and Malta.
The final season of the fantasy series based on George RR Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice novels will be premiered on April 14 on Star World and Hotstar. The six-episode eighth season will see the major characters, including Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Arya Starka (Maisie Williams), Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Sansa Starka (Sophie Turner) battle against the White Walkers zombie army. The previous seasons are being streamed on Hotstar.
The final season had a star-studded red-carpet premiere in New York City last week. The latest teaser hints at the doom and destruction that will follow the Battle of Winterfell.
Numerous webpages are dedicated to GoT arcania, and these include Twitter accounts that track the locations. Game of Thrones_Traveller, who goes by the pseudonym Direwolf Dragon, is one such handle, which takes painstaking efforts to explore the locations featured in the show. The fan behind the handle has travelled extensively across Northern Ireland, Spain and Croatia to bring alive the locations, including King’s Landing, Water Gardens and the House of Undying.
Most of the tweets include a picture of the Twitter user at the location, with a one-line explanation of the scene or moment that was filmed there.
GoTlike Locations is another handle that contains snapshots of the locations juxtaposed with sequences from the show.
Castle Black, the Iron Bank of Braavos, the North Wall and Meereen (shot at the Klis fortress in Croatia) are among the locations that are featured in the Twitter account.
Irish Thrones is a Twitter handle dedicated to the sequences shot in Northern Ireland. A bulk of the final season was also reportedly shot in Iceland.
The fan-page Game of Thrones Wiki also has an exhaustively detailed list of locations. The objective of the page is to “aid fans who may be seeking out the Game of Thrones filming locations as tourist destinations”, according to its description.
The page details every possible interior and exterior location, along with the coordinates.