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Jamie Dornan joins Game of Thrones stars' farewell party in Belfast

By John Toner

Game of Thrones stars got together in Belfast on Saturday night for a goodbye celebration as shooting of the epic series came to an end.

Scores of cast members descended on the Waterfront Hall by the banks of the River Lagan for the wrap party including Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen, Natalie Emmanuel, Ben Crompton, Alfie Allen, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jacob Anderson and John Bradley.

A surprise guest was newly-married Kit Harington, who plays King in the North Jon Snow, as just last weekend he wed fellow Game of Thrones actress Rose Leslie. It’s thought they postponed their honeymoon.

Holywood actor Jamie Dornan was also at the bash.

The entrance to the Waterfront Hall was lit by flaming torches and a number of fans turned up to try and catch a glimpse of their idols.

Over 1,000 members of the cast and crew who worked on the show partied until 1am at the centre before making their way back to their hotels and homes.

Game of Thrones superfan and legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk was also in town this weekend for the party and to visit the film set.

The Birdman even stopped off at the skatepark on Corporation Street to show off a few of his trademark tricks and pay a surprise visit to Belfast skaters.

Last week Emilia Clarke, who plays Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen, posted an emotional goodbye to her “home away from home” Northern Ireland on her Instagram page.

She uploaded a selfie with the caption: “Hopped on a boat to an island to say goodbye to the land that has been my home away from home for almost a decade.

“It’s been a trip @gameofthrones thank you for the life I never dreamed I’d be able to live and the family I’ll never stop missing #lastseasonitis.”

Co-star Sophie Turner revealed recently that the final season of GoT will be the “bloodier” than any of the seven seasons before.

She said: “It’s Game Of Thrones so it’s going to be bloodier and more death and more emotionally torturous than all the years before.”

Previously she told how cast members “wept and applauded” after the final table read-through of the final script.

Cast members have been tight-lipped about details of the final season but some tiny details have leaked throughout the shooting process.

Ms Turner said her character Sansa Stark is finally embracing her role as the warrior Lady of Winterfell.

She added: “I always saw something of a warrior in Sansa that I don’t think other people really saw.

“I always had the feeling that she was learning and adapting and at some point or another it was going to manifest itself somehow.

“And she manifested it into being a warrior. It felt really satisfying when it happened, and I’m really happy where this story-line for her has ended up.”

Shooting for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones may have finished here in Belfast but fans may not have seen the last of fire-breathing dragons and legendary swordsmen.

Production giants behind the series, American firm HBO, have ordered a pilot episode of a prequel series written by GoT author George RR Martin. Sources said it will be shot in Northern Ireland.

Set 1,000 years prior to the battles over the Iron Throne the prequel series is planned to focus on time known as the Age Of Heroes.

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