On a list of reasons why the world should care about Brexit, Game of Thrones is pretty low on the list, but it’s apparently still on there.
See, the hit HBO show is able to film in Northern Ireland because of money given by the European Regional Development Fund. And the ERDF, which gives money to TV and movie productions to encourage filming, is run by guess who…
That’s right, the European Union.
Foreign Policy magazine this week highlighted the potential problem here:
[I]f the U.K. votes to leave the EU, it would take Northern Ireland with it, potentially robbing HBO of one of the show’s primary filming locations… If the U.K. leaves, filmmakers might not be eligible to draw from that fund. This means that some of the cash used to bring big-budget productions to Northern Ireland could disappear.
But luckily for fans of blood and sex and philosophical discussions on the nature of life and violence, HBO has issued a statement insisting this isn’t going to be a problem:
“We do not anticipate that the result of the EU Referendum will have any material effect on HBO producing Game of Thrones.”
The current rumor is that after the season 6 finale this Sunday, HBO will do two more seasons––shorter seasons––to wrap up the show at last, so even if the Brexit affects their funding, it wouldn’t be for long anyway.
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