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Game Of Thrones stars attend final season premiere in Belfast

The Game of Thrones cast at the premiere of the final season. Picture by Liam McBurney/PA 
Rebecca Black

Stars from the fantasy epic Game Of Thrones are in Belfast for the premiere for the show's final season.

Kit Harington, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams are amongst the cast who have returned to Northern Ireland, where most of the drama was filmed, to walk the red carpet.

Game Of Thrones executive producer Bernadette Caulfield and producer Chris Newman are also in the city for a screening of the first episode from the eighth and final season of the show, and media from around the world have flown into the region for the chance to see the stars give their final verdict on the 10-year journey.

Game Of Thrones has put Northern Ireland's scenery on small screens in over 200 countries across the world and has proved a boon for the local tourist industry with scores of bus tours shuttling visitors around many of the filming locations on a daily basis.

The HBO show is estimated to be worth £30 million to the economy in the region, while Tourism NI estimates it brought 120,000 visitors to Northern Ireland in 2016.

On Wednesday the Game Of Thrones Touring Exhibition opened to the public at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, close to Painthall Studios where most of the indoor scenes were filmed.

Dublin actor Liam Cunningham was among the cast members who helped launch the attraction, he described the moment he hung up his costume as Davos Seaworth when filming wrapped last year as emotional.

The eighth season will be shown in the UK at 2am on Monday April 15 on Sky Atlantic, and repeated at 9pm.

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