Game of Thrones fans may believe that the divisive 2018 finale sank the series’ reputation into ashes, yet setting the Winterfell set ablaze was not what they had in mind.
It’s true; winter has arrived, and it’s almost gone, taking with it one of the most well-known series’ most distinctive settings.
First reported by the Belfast Telegraph on February 1, the former Game of Thrones filming location in Co Antrim was burned down. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service later confirmed that it had been a planned fire.
A fire at this location caused significant concern for locals, but it was ultimately not so dangerous. The area has long been one of the show’s most well-known settings, located in Northern Ireland.
It’s unclear why the set was destroyed, but it’s likely that it was done so to make room for something new.
While you won’t be able to visit Winterfell, a new Game of Thrones Studio has now opened near Crobet-Banbridge that allows visitors to see production resources. The tour includes a glimpse at props, costumes, and sets utilized in the show’s filming.
If you’re curious about what Winterfell would have looked like if Dragons had come with hostile intents, here’s as close as you’ll get. Love Balleymena has uploaded a video of the burning of Winterfell which you may watch here.
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Fans don’t have to worry about anything, since House of Dragons will debut on HBO Max later this year with a slew of fresh Game of Thrones-style settings.