HBO Says Brexit Won’t Impact ‘Game of Thrones’
Fear not, citizens of Westeros, for Brexit will not be forcing a relocation for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
Despite some recent reports online that jumped the gun, HBO told Entertainment Weekly that Brexit is not expected to cause any financial fallout with television’s most popular show.
Britain surprised many when it voted to leave the European Union this week, which prompted concerns regarding HBO’s dependence on a filmmaking fund to conclude the show’s final two seasons. The network has set up a home base in Northern Ireland since “Game of Thrones” began production in 2010. The location is part of the UK, the European Regional Development Fund and other funding programs. Some worried that would lead to a cut in funding for the epic fantasy drama.
But HBO doesn’t seem too worried.
“We do not anticipate that the result of the EU Referendum will have any material effect on HBO producing Game of Thrones,” the network said in a statement.
While “Game of Thrones” does receive tax incentives and funding from other regional efforts, they are not expected to feel the effects of the vote.
“Game of Thrones” will air its season six finale “The Winds of Winter,” which runs a series-record 69-minutes, this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.