This week’s Game of Thrones was a booze-fest and the most moving episode yet

Wine was glugged, songs were sung, and things got emotional in what might serve as the final chance to hang out with some of our favourite characters How do you kill time before the actual time for killing? Perhaps you amuse yourself with wordplay. Episode two of the final season of bottle episode, with Tyrion providing a steady flow of passable northern wine. It is odd to think of Game of Thrones, probably the most lavish show on TV, fretting about budgets in a final season that must have essentially come with a blank cheque attached, but this instalment never left the Starks chilly family stronghold, although with dozens of glum extras milling about in the background preparing siege defences, …

Tourism is coming… Northern Ireland turns into a Game of Thrones hotspot

Tourism boon for country as fans flock to visit sets and locations of the award-winning fantasy saga The group, tourists from Britain, Germany, the US and half a dozen other countries, followed the guide deep into Tollymore Forest and gathered around a tree stump. Ladies and gentlemen, cameras ready, said Eric Nolan, who had chaperoned them from Dublin to this state park in Game of Thrones. The visitors clustered around the stump and aimed their cameras. Click, click, click. It was probably the least dramatic moment of the day-long tour there would be a castle, replica weapons and petting wolf-like dogs and still they were enchanted. Such is the spell cast by the HBO fantasy saga, which returns to screens …