Game of Thrones will not suffer from Brexit, HBO says

Winter is not coming after all

Jess Denham
Saturday 25 June 2016 15:12 BST
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Daenerys might look worried about the consequences of Brexit, but she needn't
Daenerys might look worried about the consequences of Brexit, but she needn't (HBO)

Fears that a Brexit would spell the end of Game of Thrones have been calmed by HBO.

The US network released a statement after Britain voted to leave the European Union reassuring fans of the fantasy TV show that the result will have no “material effect” on production.

Concerns were raised by speculation that Daenerys and her dragons would suffer from a loss of EU funding. However, HBO has confirmed that while the series received financial support from the EU's European Regional Development Fund when it first began, there has been no contribution to its massive $10 million per episode budget in recent years.

“We do not anticipate that the result of the EU referendum will have any material effect on HBO producing Game of Thrones,” the statement read.

The creative industry came out overwhelmingly in favour of Britain remaining in the EU, with TV and film industry heads describing the news as “terrible” and “likely to be devastating”.

Game of Thrones reaches its grand finale on Sunday night at 2am on Sky Atlantic, with a repeat at 9pm on Monday.

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