Ever since the Brexit vote passed, guaranteeing the UK’s departure from the EU the world has been in a state of uncertainty. What’s going to happen to everyone? How will this affect the economy? Will people’s livelihoods be affected? Will Game of Thrones still be filmed? Some of these questions are more important than others, and we’re going to address the one that affects the most people: Game of Thrones.
What is the Future of Westeros Looking Like?
HBO has finally addressed the question that’s been burning in everyone’s mind since Brexit passed, and it turns out that Game of Thrones will not be affected by the vote, even though it is mostly shot in Northern Ireland. This statement came directly from Jeff Cusson, an HBO spokesperson:
“We do not anticipate that the result of the EU Referendum will have any material effect on HBO producing Game of Thrones.”
There had been rumors flying about amongst the GoT fanbase that the show is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund, a part of the EU, and the loss of EU membership could cause the financial incentives to be revoked due to the show being filmed in the United Kingdom. This, of course, would drive the costs through the roof and cause HBO to start looking for new filming locations. HBO however states that the series does not, and never has received EDRF funding, and the show will simply go on as planned.
Concerns not Unfounded
The interesting thing about Game of Thrones is the fact that it is already extremely expensive to produce. A recent episode cost roughly $10 million, making it one of the most expensive shows on television. It is clear why there would be some concerns on the part of the fans, and if there are to be economic issues in Ireland, it may be necessary for the show to find another filming location. It is also true that the UK’s departure from the EU may very well have effects on other television shows aside from Game of Thrones.
It is difficult to say what this means for the future, but there is a considerable amount of doubt that it will go smoothly. Many actors and influential people have expressed their disgust with the decision to leave the EU who tweeted her disgust and upset with eight words, which you can still find on her twitter page. The future is uncertain and all we can do is wait, and watch. When you play the game of Brexit, you win, or you get your funding cut.