Published on : Sunday, May 19, 2019
The popular show over its eight-season run has successfully attracted a steady stream of tourists to its stunning filming locations, including Iceland, Croatia and Northern Ireland.
A tour guide named Robbie Atkinson for Game of Thrones Tours in Northern Ireland, says that as Game of Thrones is translated into almost every language, enthusiasts pour in world over just to walk in their favorite characters’ shoes for a bit.
Literally, some do it in costume. Atkinson explains that he’s seen fans dress up as everyone from Daenerys Targaryen to Ser Jorah Mormont.
“We have different types of characters and you think you’ve seen it all and then the next day you’re on the tour you see something even more crazy,” Atkinson says. “It’s just amazing that the fans are that dedicated that they dress up themselves to come on the tours.”
Also, Atkinson had been an extra on Game of Thrones, hopes GoT tourism to carry on in the same way Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter tourism has.
Just like Harry Potter Studios in London, HBO is all set to revamp the Game of Thrones’ former studios in Northern Ireland into a tourist attraction. The first one is prepared to be opened in spring 2020.The Games of Thrones series finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO. As for how it will all end, Atkinson offers no guesses.
“I gave up on theories years ago,” he laughs. “For Game of Thrones, every time you think you have a favorite character or think, ‘I know what’s gonna happen,’ they just turn it around totally, and no one has a clue what’s gonna happen.”