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If you are a fan of Game of Thrones (and if you’re not you’re missing out) we have made a list of the top filming locations used in the series so far. Take a look at the locations below and start planning your very own trip to Westeros.

As the HBO production is based in Northern Ireland, the majority of the filming took place here. The first two seasons were filmed around Belfast, and you can either take an official guided tour or plan your own road trip.

If you want to see the Iron Islands, visit Pyke and Ballintoy Harbour. Ballintoy Harbour was the location where Theon Greyjoy first arrived after spending ten years in Winterfell.

If you want to retrace your steps through the series, head to Antrim Plateau where you can stand in the same spot where Ned Stark beheaded the deserter from the Night Watch. You can also visit the iconic Mussendun Temple, as the beach below is where Melisandre burned the Seven Idols of Westeros.

Other locations include Larrybane where Renly pledges to Lady Stark that he will avenge Ned’s death, Dunseverick where Renly first encounters Melisandre, the caves of Cushendun where Melisandre gives birth to a shadow child, and the dark hedges of Armoy used in the first episode of series 2.

If you are a bannermen of the Starks and a true Northman, you will want to take a trip to Winterfell. The main location for Winterfell is Castle Ward, an 18th Century castle in County Down.

Iceland is also a major filming location for the show, and the primary setting for The Wall. You can go on a guided tour that includes the Vatnajokull glacier, Snaefellsjokull glacier and Lake Myvatn, and visit the spot where the Night Watch men were attacked by the White Walkers, and follow the route that Jon Snow and Ygritte took to reach the Wall.

Now its time to head south down the Kings road to King’s Landing. Originally, Kings Landing was shot in Malta during the first series, but due to damage to protected land caused by a subcontractor, the location was moved to Dubrovnik and the island of Lokrum. The Min eta, Bokar, and Lovrijenac fortresses and the Old Town entrance gates were used during filming.

Daenerys Targaryen is fast becoming a favourite character for many GoT fans. If you want to visit Astapor to see where she and her Dragons acquired an army, go to Essaouira in Morocco.

Filming for the fourth series filming will return to Northern Ireland, Dubrovnik, Croatia and Iceland, and Croatia.

This article was provided by the chaps at Holiday Gems.

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Who loves Game Of Thrones? Hmmm? Yes, yes, I see you all there. Stop pushing and shoving, come on now, you don’t want to injure yourself. Also, please refrain from clawing desperately at screen at the mention of Series 4 or The Winds of Winter; or both! I can relate myself to all of you, all you lovely devotees, because I simply adore Game of Thrones.

Furthermore, I live in Northern Ireland, so close to the set and I’ve been to many of the filming locations and let me tell you, it is just heartwarming seeing the Mourne Mountains in such a big TV series. Anyway, I’m here to tell you about some theories which I’ve heard being thrown around the community and fan-base of this series. Whether it’s the TV show or the books, I thrive in the conditions of intertwining theories and possible outcomes which simply put butterflies in my stomach. This may give you the impression that I am too… engrossed in the adventures of the many houses of Westeros but I don’t care, I love it all. Anyway, let’s get started.

WARNING – Spoilers. While the first two theories require some knowledge of the series (Up to and including the third series or A Storm Of Swords: Steel and Snow just to be safe), the last three are my favourite and require a more in depth knowledge of the series only available in the books so far. So I warn you, don’t read numbers 3, 2 or 1 as that would be devastating to those who read it. Number one is quite amusing though, a little revenge for the North. Also, this is my opinion and I do not mean to disagree with yours.

Another WARNING (Well, more of an alert)-I may get a little in depth and will try to explain anything that is not understood. If I get too engrossed, stop me. Ok? Right then.

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Much can be said about the gravitas that the Game of Thrones cast continues to bring to the series. We’ve seen these characters evolve throughout the last three seasons and we have become incredibly invested in their respective paths. While it is quite safe to assume that characters like Tyrion, Jon Snow and possibly Stannis (who now heads North) are set to have a more definitive role this season, we can also make the assumption that characters falling under House Stark, House Lannister and other major houses (as well as the events across the Narrow Sea) are also bound to feature quite prominently.

I’m sure some central plots will take a backseat to more pivotal events this time around but I am really hoping to see a whole lot more of certain individuals, some of whom were introduced as early as last season, and how their increasing role will impact the narrative of this upcoming season. Here’s a list of those I haven’t seen enough of, those I can’t seem to get enough of and those who I simply hope will continue to stir things up in Westeros.

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Summer is not, traditionally, television’s strongest season. Most shows run on a fall to spring schedule, leaving us without our favorite characters on the warmest nights. But this summer there were some interesting trends, especially on cable and Netflix which shy away from the traditional fall-to-spring model.

The Legitimization of Netflix

Orange is the New Black was something of a surprise hit this summer. It was certainly not the first Netflix-original show. Both House of Cards and Arrested Development made big splashes before it, but OITNB makes three and three, my friends, makes a trend. Netflix doesn’t release any metrics so there’s no way of knowing just how many people watched Jenji Kohan‘s based-on-a-true-story prison dramedy, but using less scientific measurements like Twitter mentions suggests that that number was somewhere between a lot and everyone.

A New Kind of (ABC) Family

Summer television typically means shows about rich people yelling at each other about wedding planning or home selling or wine (or whatever the hell it is the Real Housewives are always fighting about). But in the words of Katy Perry, I know a place / where the grass is really greener. That place is called ABC Family. The official network of teens behaving badly provides the perfect kind of soapy, summery shows to watch while you wait for Leslie Knope to return to television. Pretty Little Liars continues its reign as ABC Family’s flagship show. There’s also The Fosters, a new show about the Foster family, who are a foster family – ABC Family is clever like that. These shows have gay characters, they talk about contraception and undocumented immigrants and they remain damn entertaining. They’re fun to watch and when it’s 100 degrees outside, what else can you ask for?

Our Summer Without Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart has become as steady a late night fixture as David Letterman. But this summer, he left us to go film a movie. And in his place, we had John Oliver. Oliver proved himself to be a worthy temporary host, going especially hard on Anthony Weiner, who usually gets a pass from Stewart thanks to their friendship. The show’s been on hiatus for the past two weeks, but when it returns tomorrow, Stewart will be back in the anchor’s chair.

TV on Twitter

People have been tweeting about their favorite television shows for years, but this summer the Twitter chatter was louder than a Real Housewives vacation. Peggy wore a little black dress on Mad Men and everyone went crazy. Alexander Skarsgard showed off his Swedish Fish on True Blood and everyone erupted into 140-character outbursts. Don’t even get me started on the whole Red Wedding Game of Thrones madness. This summer, if you weren’t tweeting about television, were you really watching television at all?

It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

This summer brought us the final seasons of both Breaking Bad and Dexter. Granted, Dexter has lost some of its steam in recent years, but there is a certain sadness to it ending. Tony Soprano may be the original TV anti-hero, but both Walter White and Dexter Morgan are enduring members of the league of bad men we like to watch do bad things.

Movie Stars on TV

Okay, so it was HBO. And, yes, it was initially intended to be released as a feature film. But Matt Damon, Michael Douglas and Steven Soderbergh made a Liberace TV movie! After being deemed “too gay” by major studios, HBO picked up Behind the Candelabra. The movie was excellent and picked up 15 Emmy nominations. But it also served as a reminder that the major studios aren’t as progressive as they claim to be and that television continues to be the medium willing to push the boundaries and to tell different and exciting stories.

Under the Influence of Under the Dome

Summer 2013 will always be remembered as the summer we got trapped Under the Dome. The CBS miniseries sort of snuck up on us and became a big hit. So big, in fact, that CBS decided to renew it for a second season. The show is based on a Steven King novel and marks his first on-screen adaptation success in a few years. Without any big stars, or really very much promotion at all, Under the Dome caught on and sparked a million memes.

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Nudity on HBO is an almost inevitable thing. The general rule for it seems to be just because we can, we will. But in a well respected show like Game of Thrones which is more plot-heavy and full of rich characters more so than some other things on cable, it can seem a little out of place when in the middle of an intense episode about political drama and brilliant character development there comes a largely needless sex scene out of nowhere.

This is not to say that nude scenes or sex scenes are always unnecessary but here are at least ten cases where the time Game of Thrones spent hitting its nudity quota could have been better used for basically anything else.

10. Theon And The Woman With The Weird Boobs

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I actually want to give this scene credit as it is a scene in the second book and they really brought the character of the plain-looking woman Theon has sex with on a boat to life. Very good casting.

Casting aside, the show runners seemed to have had weird priorities in terms of adapting this chapter. They spent longer on this casual sex scene than they did on Theon’s sister Yara not announcing herself to be so leading to an awkward but perversely comical chapter of Theon hitting on her and her not doing as much to stop it as she probably could have. This was shrunk down to a brief scene of him reaching down her pants while they were riding a horse.

A real shame given that the time they spent on Theon having sex with the woman with the weird boobs could have been developing Asha/Yara as a character or adding a bit more of Game of Thrones favorite plot point- incest.

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Comic-Con 2013 Star Celebrity Sightings San Diego

Game of Thrones Cast Remembers Fallen Characters

After shocking fans around the world by killing two main characters in the infamous “Red Wedding” episode, the HBO show kick started their Comic-Con panel with a tongue-in-cheek “in memoriam” video set to Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye.” Celebuzz‘s very own Lauren DiMascio was there to see it all unfold. See some of her highlights, below.

Richard Madden talks about crying on the plane home after being killed off the show. #gameofthrones #sdcc #cbcomiccon

– laurD (@laurD) July 19, 2013

Surprise appearance by Jason Momoa!! “My sun and my stars” says Emelia Clarke! #sdcc #GoTSDCC #cbcomiccon #gameofthrones – laurD (@laurD) July 19, 2013

“He does die so well,” – George R. R. Martin on Sean Bean #GoTSDCC #sdcc #cbcomiccon

– laurD (@laurD) July 19, 2013

Nikita Unveils Nostalgic Sizzle Reel

Given that The CW’s spy drama is heading into its final season, it only seems fitting to have a very sentimental sizzle reel debut during the series very last Comic-Con panel. Watch it on TVLine.

The Walking Dead Announces Season 4 Premiere Date

Let the waiting begin. Not only did the AMC zombie series gave fans a sneak peek of the upcoming season with a lengthy trailer, but the cast and showrunners are confirmed the date premiere date of its first episode. Get the scoop from our correspondent here.

Andrew Garfield Dresses Up… Again

The Amazing Spider-Man himself, Andrew Garfield, made an appearance at Comic-Con for a second year in a row dressed as the beloved Marvel superhero. Find out what went on during The Amazing Spider-Man 2 panel at THR and see a shot from the talk, below.

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This season of Game of Thrones has been quite hectic, but we were there every step of the way. And now, as we try to face the reality of another year until a new season of Game of Thrones, there is still much to be done and much to explore.

Now, being a fan of Game of Thrones entails a certain amount of heartbreak no matter what. When Ned Stark’s head came off in Season 1, it was clear that anybody, anybody was fair game. That fact has only become starker as one beloved character after another has fallen. This has made a lot of fans want to swear off the show entirely, but I’m here to tell you why you shouldn’t.

It wouldn’t be Westeros without the death, but there’s also a little bit of good, or at least entertaining, that comes along with it. Join me as we look forward to Top 5 great things to expect next season…

*This is an article about a future season, so obviously there will be spoilers.

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Also, Honorable Mention: Coldhands, who I really thought would be the final reveal of this season. He is the character that will help Bran and company journey beyond the wall and lead the way. He will kill all the men responsible for the Mutiny at Craster’s Keep. His face has never been seen, only his hands, and they’re pure black. Rumours abound to what or who he actually is, and while he certainly is epic, so are most people in Game of Thrones.

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With Storm Nemo in our midst, the activities on the eastern side of the country are quite limited these days. So for those of you east-coasters with lots of extra indoors time on your hands (or west-coasters, too, for that matter), we’ve compiled a list of the top 11 TV shows to catch up on in lieu of the upcoming Spring season.

Whether it’s a show you’ve been meaning to start watching, or a show you miss and want to re-watch, take a look at our list and indulge in the lack of eating, sleeping, or doing anything else kind of binge that is beginning a new TV series. If it’s one of the shows in our list, you’ll be glad you did!

1. Arrested Development. A tongue-in-cheek comedy that tried to gather its footing in mainstream TV. Based around the hilarity that is the dysfunctional Bluth family, the three-season long show had all the right material, but all the wrong publicity. After tepid ratings, the show got cancelled by FOX in 2006, much to the fans’ despair. However, after 6 years of silence, the cast (Jason Bateman and Michael Cera in their breakout roles) and creators reunited to announce the production of a fourth season to be released exclusively on Netflix in May, 2013. After watching the first three seasons, you’ll be itching for the fourth. And with all 52 episodes on Netflix, it only makes sense to start the show from the beginning in preparation for one of the most highly anticipated revivals of the season.
Commitment: 3 Seasons, 52 episodes, 22 Minutes each — Approximately 19 hours

2. Downton Abbey. This British show serves as the highest rated show to ever air on PBS, creating buzz all over the American TV world. With an explosive cast including Harry Potter‘s Maggie Smith, and awards being thrown at the show left and right, it’s been called “one of the best shows Britain has ever created.” The best and worst part about British shows is that they have short seasons. All three seasons are available to buy on itunes, which includes episodes that haven’t aired yet, here in America, giving us the entire British soap opera series at our fingertips — including this season’s striking finale.
Commitment: 3 Seasons, 25 episodes, 45-66 Minutes each – Approximately 20 hours.

3. Breaking Bad – It’s almost impossible to have a conversation these days about TV without mentioning AMC’s Breaking Bad. This show has been raved about from the day it first premiered back in 2008, catapulting its stars, Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston, into super-stardom. The show’s fifth season is returning in March, so now is the perfect time to catch up with TV’s hottest meth makers, fresh off of a successful Emmy season.
Commitment: 5 Seasons, 54 episodes, 47 minutes each – Approximately 42 hours

4. House of Cards. This is the first original series to be produced and aired exclusively on Netflix, meaning that it could be a hit or miss of a show. Critics and viewers agree that the show is a hit, and is fit to be aired on a more public platform. The all star cast, including Kevin Spacey, and the curiosity alone will make you want to watch. There is really no reason to not watch this show. The entire first season of 13 episodes is available on Netflix, and so far, the first season can’t be watched fast or often enough. There’s as much quality as there is quantity.
Commitment: 1 Season, 13 episodes, 45-60 minutes each – Approximately 13 Hours

5. Mad Men. When Mad Men premiered in 2007, it quickly became the frontrunner of a series of AMC hits. Set in the fascinating venue of 1960′s New York, this drama will get it’s hooks in you from the very beginning. With the first 4 seasons all available on Netflix, it’s easily accessible to get ready for the shows highly anticipated 5th season premiering in April. And if nothing else, the lead is played by Jon Hamm, who is either shirtless, or dressed to the nines in every episode. Enough said.
Commitment: 4 Seasons, 65 episodes, 46 minutes each – Approximately 50 hours

6. The Walking Dead. Everything about this show is unprecedented. AMC took a risk making a show with very short seasons revolving around a zombie apocalyptic world, but if the rave reviews and amazing ratings are any indication, it more than paid off. With all this talk of zombies these days, it’s exciting to get a well-written show giving all the worrying people out there a real take on the eternal question of “What if Zombies actually did take over the world?” Practically speaking, the show has only 2 short, but action-packed seasons all available on Netflix. Also, with Season 3 returning on Sunday, AMC is marathoning Season 2 and the already aired episodes of Season 3 on Saturday and Sunday — set your DVR! So, what are you waiting for?
Commitment: 2 Seasons and 8 Season 3 episodes, 27 episodes, 45-60 minutes each – Approximately 24 hours

7. The Wire. Set in the world of the underground drug trade in Baltimore, this gritty drama is still being raved about years after it went off the air. With a successful five-season run, adorned with awards and great reviews the whole way through, The Wire marked one of the first of many hits from the house of HBO. There isn’t a revival or a premiere coming up for this show. In fact, it came and went, airing the series finale in 2008. It’s just a powerful, unique show that everyone should watch. And if we’re still talking about it despite it being off the air for almost 6 years, that’s got to mean something, right?
Commitment: 5 Seasons – 60 episodes – 50-60 minutes each – Approximately 58 hours

8. Deadwood – Westerns are never out of style. And in the world of cowboys and bar brawls, it doesn’t get any better than Deadwood, South Dakota. This HBO series only got to entertain us for three seasons, but each episode packs enough punch (literally) that you won’t feel the least bit disappointed. Go back to your roots with American’s oldest of successful genres. Deadwood’s an American gem and it’s all accessible through HBOGo for subscribers and iTunes.
Commitment: 3 Seasons, 36 episodes, 55 minutes each – approximately 33 hours

9. Homeland. As one of Showtime‘s most successful dramas, Homeland is sure to be present in conversation, awards announcements, and on TV for years to come. Having just competed Season 2 and Season 3 returning in the fall, the plot will thicken just enough for you start counting the days until September. This political thriller just got Claire Danes her second Golden Globe of the season. It’s a product of our times and sometimes it hits too close to home. It’s on iTunes and, of course, the Showtime Anytime app.
Commitment: 2 seasons, 24 episodes, 50-60 minutes each – Approximately 22 hours

10. Game of Thrones. – This HBO series based on George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novel series, A Song of Fire and Ice, single-handely put fantasy shows back on the map. Since it’s premiere in 2011, the fictional kingdoms of Westeros and Essos that the show takes place in keep getting more and more intense. Think of it as Lord of the Rings meets The Young and the Restless. Garnering more and more fans every episode, this isn’t a show you want to fall behind in. Who doesn’t like a good (like, really really good) escape into fantasy from time to time? With the aired episodes all available on HBOGo and iTunes, there is plenty of time to catch up before Season 3 continues in March. Now, you have no excuse to not be in the loop!
Commitment: 2 Seasons, 20 episodes, 50-60 minutes each – approximately 19 hours

11. 30 Rock. The comedy series, created by Tina Fey, just came to a heartfelt close after a successful seven season run. The premise of a fictional TV show set inside 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City won six golden globes, and multiple primetime Emmy Awards because of its impeccable cast and writing. Comedy television at it’s finest. Plus thanks to our Eat Like Liz Lemon map, you can indulge in one in all the edible delights of one of TV’s most comedic characters. If you didn’t just watch the series finale, this is a good way to see what all the fuss was about for the last six years. Lucky for you, Seasons 1-6 are available on Netflix. And by the time you’ve completed those, Season 7 might just be available. If not, there’s always iTunes! Season pass, anyone?
Commitment: 7 Seasons, 138 episodes, 22 minutes each – approximately 50 hours

Which TV marathon are you starting first? What are your suggestions for other TV fans stuck inside for Storm Nemo?

Dio Anthony contributed to this article.

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