A few weeks ago, Game of Thrones finished primary shooting for season two. If you're not familiar with the show, you should probably look into watching it immediately. It's one of the most refreshing novel adaptations in recent memory, possibly ever. Yes, really. Based on the novels in the George R.R. Martin series 'A Song of Ice and Fire,' Game of Thrones is the television adaptation that airs on HBO. The first season, which aired last spring, was well received by pretty much everyone who remotely enjoys a good fantasy adventure story, as indicated by its 9.4/10 rating on IMDB and a 9/10 user score on Metacritic. The size of the story is truly epic, which is why it works so well as a 10 hour series instead of just one movie. There are 5 books already written, with at least two more on the way. Season two is based on the second book, Clash of Kings. Martin himself is involved in the filming process and has stated how pleased he has been with the way the show has come out so far. In a recent interview, he stated that he directed an episode in season two that is basically an entire hour of a medieval city under siege.
One of the great things about the show is its attention to detail. Not only are the costumes and sets genuine and well made, The landscape and old castles are mostly filmed on location. Thanks to the amazing map, you can now see where things were filmed for both seasons, and if they plan on filming there again. Is it too early to plan a vacation to Northern Ireland to re-create your favorite moments? That's up to you, but answering the question: where is Game of Thrones filmed is the first step.
Here are our top picks: 6 locations worth visiting used in the filming of Game of Thrones. Click images below for larger versions.
If you want to go north of The Wall, here is your chance. While we don't yet know how exactly this will play out, Game of Thrones was filmed in three separate Icelandic locations. Iceland was a good choice, fly into Reykjavik and drive toÂ active glaciers that make a perfect back drop for events beyond The Wall. If you want to know what those events may be you have three options: read Clash of Kings, wait for the April premiere, or look online. Do yourself a favor and read the books. If for some reason, you just want to have everything spoiled, well, that's your decision. You can find a fairly comprehensive plot outline on Wikipedia, however for some mind blowing theory and connection, visit the discussion boards on westeros.org.
One of the most important locations to see may be Doune Castle. Located in Doune, Scotland, this was the location that served as Winterfell during the unforgettable pilot episode of the first season of Game of Thrones. Unfortunately there are no plans to return there, but that doesn't mean it's not a great destination to visit. What fan wouldn't want to see where the adventure began? Roughly an hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow, Doune has been on screen before. You may recognize it as one of the castles featured in Monty Python and the Holy Grail! As if that wasn't an impressive enough resume, it's also around 600 years old and naturally brimming with all kinds of interesting history. Stop asking where is Game of Thrones filmed - it all started at Doune Castle in Scotland.
Not only is Giant's Causeway one of the most unique and beautiful locations on earth, this area was home to several key scenes in Game of Thrones. The Glens of Antrim and their isolated rugged landscapes were used as parts of the Dothraki Sea. While that may seem appealing on its own, a trip north gives you the chance to recreate the famous scene where Ned Stark beheads a traitor from the Nights Watch. Head over to Cairncastle to see where Eddard executes Gared, as well as where the dire wolves are first found.
We've answered the question 'where is Game of Thrones filmed?' and now we'll answer another ... the best way to get around in any of these popular filming destinations is with a rental car. A car rental in Northern Ireland or a luxury vehicle in Croatia may be the best solution for your upcoming fan-cation. In the meantime, start reading! Game of Thrones Season Two will air in April of 2012 on HBO.