Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin confirms new spin-off will film in Northern Ireland

-Credit: (Image: HBO)
-Credit: (Image: HBO)

The newest spin-off in the popular Game of Thrones series is set to make a return to Northern Ireland for filming.

Author George R.R. Martin shared the news that he hopes to visit Belfast this summer as production gets underway for his latest HBO project A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.

It is based on his Tales of Dunk and Egg series and is set in the same world as Game of Thrones which was filmed in Northern Ireland for almost ten years.

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Filming is set to begin at Belfast's Titanic Studios over the next few weeks, according to the BBC, and the new show will follow the first novella in the trilogy 'The Hedge Knight'.

An IMBD description on the series reads: "A century before GOT, Ser Duncan the Tall, and his squire, Egg wandered through Westeros, while the Targaryen dynasty ruled the Iron Throne and dragons were still remembered, great destinies and enemies await the incomparable friends."

Irish actor and former rugby player Peter Clafferty will take a starring role as Ser Duncan and will be joined by nine-year-old English acting talent Dexter Sol Ansell as Egg.

On his blog, George R.R. Martin confirmed that it will hopefully be coming to our screens in 2025 and if received well, fans could be treated to adaptations of the remaining trilogy novellas.

He said: "The Hedge Knight will be a lot shorter than Game of Thrones or House of the Dragon, with a much different tone… but it’s still Westeros, so no one is truly safe. Ira Parker and his team are doing a great job.

"I hope to visit the shoot come July, when I swing by Belfast on my way to the worldcon in Glasgow.

"The show will make its debut next year… and if it does well, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight will follow. By which time I hope to have finished some more Dunk & Egg stories."

British director Owen Harris is set to take the lead on the production of three out of the six episodes in the series.

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