‘Game of Thrones’ season 3: How big of a boost is it?

There are a number of reasons why we love the decision by “Game of Thrones” to film in such distinct places around the world. From a pure visual standpoint, this allows us to have what is quite possible the most sweeping scenery that we have ever seen on a television platform before. After all, where else do you see such places like Northern Ireland, Iceland, Morocco, and Croatia all featured within the scope of just one show?

In addition to all of this, there is also another incredible benefit that comes along with it: the major boost to the economy that it provides for certain countries. For one prime example, just look at the new report coming out saying that just by spending several months in Northern Ireland alone working on production, the HBO show contributes around 20 million pounds (or $32 million U.S.) per season to the local economy. In addition to that, it also creates thousands of jobs. In addition to providing some lush scenery to use as a backdrop, Northern Ireland also has film and TV tax breaks that make shooting in these locations more beneficial to projects with a large budget.

“Game of Thrones” recently wrapped filming for season 3 in the Belfast area, though the show will likely be back again next year given the show’s popularity. (We would personally be beyond stunned if it does not happen.) For this year, though, production is shifting its attention to Iceland, where Kit Harrington, Rose Leslie, and new addition Cirian Hinds will be busy for much of next month.

Do you think that a show like “Game of Thrones” could encourage other people in film and TV to give Northern Ireland a shot? Let’s hope so. If you want to see some more news via Harrington about what is coming up in Iceland, you can do so over at the link here.

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