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Kit Harington as Jon Snow. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

Kit Harington as Jon Snow. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

Liam Cunningham - Game of Thrones

Liam Cunningham - Game of Thrones

This beautiful avenue of beech trees in Stranocum, Co Antrim was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. For fans of the HBO's epic series Game of Thrones, it has become a cultural Mecca as it representing the King's Road in the popular series.
It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. 
Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.

This beautiful avenue of beech trees in Stranocum, Co Antrim was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. For fans of the HBO's epic series Game of Thrones, it has become a cultural Mecca as it representing the King's Road in the popular series. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07 th June 2013
First Minister Rt. Hon Peter D. Robinson MLA has officially launched the HBO Game of Thrones Exhibition which opens to the public at Titanic Belfast tomorrow. Pictured with the First Minister is Howard Hastings,Chairman NI Tourist Board,actress Maisie Williams and actor Liam Cunningham who attended a tourism event this evening at Crumlin Road Gaol, organised by NITB in partnership with NI Screen. 


 
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 07 th June 2013 First Minister Rt. Hon Peter D. Robinson MLA has officially launched the HBO Game of Thrones Exhibition which opens to the public at Titanic Belfast tomorrow. Pictured with the First Minister is Howard Hastings,Chairman NI Tourist Board,actress Maisie Williams and actor Liam Cunningham who attended a tourism event this evening at Crumlin Road Gaol, organised by NITB in partnership with NI Screen. Picture by Brian Thompson/ Press Eye

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Crowds try and get the best vantage point on the dunes to see the TV show being filmed

Crowds try and get the best vantage point on the dunes to see the TV show being filmed

Dramatic scenes from Game of Thrones

Dramatic scenes from Game of Thrones

Portstewart Strand is closed off for Game Of Thrones filming

Portstewart Strand is closed off for Game Of Thrones filming

Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke and writer George R.R. Martin (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For AFI)

Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke and writer George R.R. Martin (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For AFI)

Game Of Thrones has been handed a raft of Emmy nominations in the US

Game Of Thrones has been handed a raft of Emmy nominations in the US

Titanic Studios

Titanic Studios

Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon and Liam Cunningham  as Davos Seaworth. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon and Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

24/6/2014 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Some of the costumes and weapons on display in the prop room as Her Majesty The Queen alongside his Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Game of Thrones television set in Belfast's Titanic quarter this morning and met with cast members Lena Heady (Queen Cersei Lannister) Conleith Hill (Lord Varys), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and executives from the hit HBO show. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

24/6/2014 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Some of the costumes and weapons on display in the prop room as Her Majesty The Queen alongside his Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Game of Thrones television set in Belfast's Titanic quarter this morning and met with cast members Lena Heady (Queen Cersei Lannister) Conleith Hill (Lord Varys), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and executives from the hit HBO show. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

Local hero: Game of Thrones has boosted our movie industry

Local hero: Game of Thrones has boosted our movie industry

Kit Harington

The English actor who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, Kit Harington, says that season five will be 'shocking'.

They tend to go story season then shocking season then story season then shocking season. This is a shocking season,” he told Radio Times before the screening, adding that new episodes are “like a horror film”.

Season five of the hit fantasy drama had its global premiere in a huge tent at the Tower of London last night.

Harington was one of the large ensemble cast to walk the red carpet on Wednesday, before the series returns to HBO on Sunday 12 April and hits Sky Atlantic the following day.

Audiences are familiar with major characters being killed off, something that author George RR Martin seems to have a passion for, but the 28-year-old remained tight-lipped on his fate.

“I can’t tell you whether I make it through this season, I can’t tell you who makes it through,” he told Express. “There are some big shocks. There are some big events. It’s a really interesting season.”

Harington also mentioned the role of women in Game of Thrones, praising it for its host of “very strong female characters” including Arya Stark and Daenerys Targaryen. “There are more women who are in control than in other shows,” he said.

The latest teaser for season five dropped online earlier this week, focusing on Daenerys’ stake to the Iron Throne and her fiery dragons.

Meanwhile Martin raised fans’ hopes by suggesting there was a slim chance that the sixth book in his A Song of Ice and Fire novel series, on which Thrones is based, may be finished this year.

The last book, A Dance With Dragons, was released four years ago, with The Winds of Winter in the pipeline.

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HBO's Game of Thrones brings in an estimated £20m per series

HBO's Game of Thrones brings in an estimated £20m per series

Game of Thrones is filmed at the Paint Hall Titanic Studios in Belfast

Game of Thrones is filmed at the Paint Hall Titanic Studios in Belfast

Ian McElhinney

Ian McElhinney

Maisie Williams as Arya

Maisie Williams as Arya

Series five of Game of Thrones will have its premiere at the Tower of London

Series five of Game of Thrones will have its premiere at the Tower of London

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The Queen and the Iron Throne

The Queen during a visit to the set of hit TV show Game of Thrones, during her visit to Northern Ireland

The Queen during a visit to the set of hit TV show Game of Thrones, during her visit to Northern Ireland

Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) talks to the media after meeting the Queen at the HBO set in Northern Ireland. Pic Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) talks to the media after meeting the Queen at the HBO set in Northern Ireland. Pic Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

24/6/2014 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Her Majesty The Queen alongside his Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visits the Game of Thrones television set in Belfast's Titanic quarter this morning and met with cast members Lena Heady (Queen Cersei Lannister) Conleith Hill (Lord Varys), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and executives from the hit HBO show. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

24/6/2014 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Her Majesty The Queen alongside his Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visits the Game of Thrones television set in Belfast's Titanic quarter this morning and met with cast members Lena Heady (Queen Cersei Lannister) Conleith Hill (Lord Varys), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and executives from the hit HBO show. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

24/6/2014 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Game of Thrones cast members, Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark)  from the hit HBO show nervously await the arrival of Her Majesty The Queen. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

24/6/2014 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Game of Thrones cast members, Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) from the hit HBO show nervously await the arrival of Her Majesty The Queen. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

The crew on the beach

The crew on the beach

Dramatic scenes from Game of Thrones

Dramatic scenes from Game of Thrones

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Props from Game of Thrones

The Dark Hedges - one of the locations in Game of Thrones

The Dark Hedges - one of the locations in Game of Thrones

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HBO's Game of Thrones brings in an estimated £20m per series

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