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Stars out at Belfast premiere as curtain starts to fall on Game Of Thrones

It is the eighth and final season of the worldwide hit which has also given a tourism boost to Northern Ireland.

Stars from the fantasy epic Game Of Thrones are in Belfast for the premiere for the show’s final season.

Kit Harington, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams are amongst the cast who have returned to Northern Ireland, where most of the drama was filmed, to walk the red carpet.

Game Of Thrones executive producer Bernadette Caulfield and producer Chris Newman are also in the city for a screening of the first episode from the eighth and final season of the show, and media from around the world have flown into the region for the chance to see the stars give their final verdict on the 10-year journey.

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Game Of Thrones star Kit Harington (Matt Crossick/PA)

Game Of Thrones has put Northern Ireland’s scenery on small screens in over 200 countries across the world and has proved a boon for the local tourist industry with scores of bus tours shuttling visitors around many of the filming locations on a daily basis.

The HBO show is estimated to be worth £30 million to the economy in the region, while Tourism NI estimates it brought 120,000 visitors to Northern Ireland in 2016.

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The backboard ahead of the Game of Thrones premiere (Liam McBurney/PA)

On Wednesday the Game Of Thrones Touring Exhibition opened to the public at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, close to Painthall Studios where most of the indoor scenes were filmed.

Dublin actor Liam Cunningham was among the cast members who helped launch the attraction, he described the moment he hung up his costume as Davos Seaworth when filming wrapped last year as emotional.

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Jerome Flynn attending the Game of Thrones premiere (Liam McBurney/PA)

The eighth season will be shown in the UK at 2am on Monday April 15 on Sky Atlantic, and repeated at 9pm.

The cast of Game of Thrones attend the
The cast of Game of Thrones attend the "Game of Thrones" Season 8 premiere screening at Waterfront Hall on April 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The first episode of the final season of the HBO series will air this weekend. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Stars arrive for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Maisie Williams, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, and Isaac Hempstead Wright arrive for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Jerome Flynn attending the Game of Thrones Premiere, held at Waterfront Hall, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 12, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Thrones. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Liam Cunningham attending the Game of Thrones Premiere, held at Waterfront Hall, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 12, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Thrones. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Maisie Williams (left) and Kerry Ingram attending the Game of Thrones Premiere, held at Waterfront Hall, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 12, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Thrones. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 12: Isaac Hempstead Wright attends the "Game of Thrones" Season 8 screening at the Waterfront Hall on April 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Kit Harington attending the Game of Thrones Premiere, held at Waterfront Hall, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 12, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Thrones. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 12: Maisie Williams attends the "Game of Thrones" Season 8 screening at the Waterfront Hall on April 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 12: Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner attend the "Game of Thrones" Season 8 screening at the Waterfront Hall on April 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Maisie Williams (left) and Sophie Turner attending the Game of Thrones Premiere, held at Waterfront Hall, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 12, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Thrones. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Ben Crompton attending the Game of Thrones Premiere, held at Waterfront Hall, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 12, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Thrones. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 12: Kit Harington attends the "Game of Thrones" Season 8 screening at the Waterfront Hall on April 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Stars arrive for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Maisie Williams, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, and Isaac Hempstead Wright arrive for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Maisie Williams and Sophie Turnerat the the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Stars arrive for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner arrive for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Richard Dormer, Maisie Williams, Kerry Ingram, Gemma Whelan, Pilou Asbaek, Issac Hempstead Wright, Joe Dempsie, Conleth Hill, Hannah Murray, Jerome Flynn, John Bradley, Chris Newman, Bernadette Caulfield, Kit Harington, Carice van Houten, Liam Cunningham, Richard Dormer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jacob Anderson, and Sophie Turner attending the Game of Thrones Premiere, held at Waterfront Hall, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 12, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Thrones. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Kit Harington arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Pilou Asbaek arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Sophie Turner arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Stars arrive for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Stars arrive for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Pilou Asbaek arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Richard Dormer arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Stars arrive for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Conleth Hill arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Carice van Houten arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Carice van Houten arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Stars arrive for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Stars arrive for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Kit Harrington arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Kit Harington arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner arrive for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Kit Harington arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Kerry Ingram arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Kit Harington arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Hannah Murray arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Isaac hempstead Wright arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Ben Compton arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Gemma Whelan arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Jacob Anderson arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Liam Cunningham arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Rebecca April May and John Bradley arrive for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Jerome Flynn arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Jerome Flynn arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Jerome Flynn arrives for the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premier at the Waterfront ICC in Belfast on April 12th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Isaac Hampstead Wright attends the season six premiere of "Game Of Thrones" at TCL Chinese Theatre on Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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