What is it About the Game of Thrones?

My family and I recently visited a few Game of Thrones film locations in Northern Ireland. Three members had never indulged in the series; however, we all still had a great time! There may even be a few converts.  We had great fun visiting the different locations.  A humble photo log of the GOT film locations:

Cairn Castle as fields of Westeros

This beech tree hedgerow (below), planted in the 18th century, is the setting for the haunted Dark Hedges of the Kingsroad; where Arya Stark, Gendry and Hot Pie escape King’s Landing and head north. 

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The King’s Road, The Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, County Antrim

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Cushendun Caves, Co Antrim as Storms End

Cushendun Caves, along Northern Ireland’s coast in County Antrim is the setting where Lady Melisandre gives birth to the shadow creature in season two (above). Used again, during season three, Ser Davos Seaworth helps Gendry (last living bastard son of King Robert Baratheon) escape from the Island of Dragonstone (below).

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Cushendun Caves, Co Antrim as the Island of Dragonstone
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Ballintoy Harbor, Co Antrim as Lordport, Port of Pyke

Ballintoy Harbor (above) is the setting of Theon’s return to the Iron Islands, where he first meets his sister, Yara & is baptized in the name of the Drowned God. Turn around to see the Larrybane chalk quarry (below) which is the setting for Stormland and King Renley Baratheon’s camp where Brienne of Tarth is introduced.  

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Larrybane, Co Antrim

So what is it about the HBO science fiction and fantasy television series, Game of Thrones?  Some see GOT as a symbolic and subtle commentary on today’s main social and political issues. Hmm.  I just like to be entertained. The series does present complex characters, multiple story lines, wry humor, dialogue and very complicated moral questions. Gender, race, the differently-abled, and multiculturalism are baldly presented.  Whatever your feelings, it’s definitely not for the little ones and adults have to stay on their toes to follow all the plot lines and innuendos.

Have a good week! – – Joanne

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