Fans of fantasy adventure series Game of Thrones have been flocking to Belfast to get a flavour of life in the wilds of Westeros.
Around 100 original artefacts from the HBO blockbuster series, including props, armour and weapons, will be on display in the Waterfront until Sunday for those fanatical fans lucky enough to have tickets for the free exhibition.
Local interest in the internationally acclaimed production has been heightened due to it being shot on location in the Cushendun Caves, Murlough Bay, Ballintoy Harbour, Castle Ward and Downhill Strand.
As well as the stunningly realistic jewellery and weaponry, there is an interactive ‘climb the wall’ at Castle Black elevator ride - and photograph opportunities on iconic props from the show such as the Iron Throne.
Film student Joy McKeon had travelled from Co Louth just to see the exhibition.
“It a fantastic show. You watch it on TV but it’s amazing to see the exhibition for real. You can just see the amount of work that has gone into making the props and costumes.
“I’m reading the Game of Thrones books as well and I’m on the fifth one, but the TV series is a thing on its own, expanding on stories the way the book don’t. Watching the episodes is just so unpredictable. You can never tell which character is going to get killed next.”
Self-confessed Game of Thrones fanatic Barry Dolan, was visiting from Co Cavan along with girlfriend Sharon McGahern.
Sharon had resisted all attempts to get her to watch the popular fantasy series but admits the buzz around the Waterfront exhibition was sparking her interest.
“It’s amazing to see all the props and costumes and how excited everyone is to see it all up close. Maybe I will start watching it from now on,” she said.
Barry said the trip had exceeded his expectations.
“I just love seeing all the stuff from the series up close and the quality of it all. The series itself is just so unpredictable. You get involved with the characters but the next thing is they get killed - that’s what keeps it fresh and alive. It’s definitely one of the most talked about shows on television.”
The exhibition has also toured Canada, Holland and Brazil and is in Belfast for the second time.
Sorina Toma is originally from Romania now living in Belfast. She said she was hooked on the series from the first episode.
“The way that it has been written is quite revolutionary and you feel really involved with it. When you think it is beginning to become predictable it suddenly takes a different direction and, unlike so many other productions, they keep killing off the good guys.”