"We do not anticipate that the result of the EU Referendum will have any material effect on HBO producing Game of Thrones," said HBO spokesperson Jeff Cusson in an email to The Post on Friday.
It was also previously reported that "Game of Thrones" is partly funded by the E.U.'s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in an effort to spark economic growth in E.U. countries. Loss of membership in the union could remove HBO's financial incentives to film in Northern Ireland, claims have said, which would prompt HBO to look elsewhere for filming locations.
But HBO said that the series has not received funding from the ERDF, so that will not affect production costs. Cusson did confirm that HBO receives other localized tax incentives to film in Northern Ireland, but that no production plans have been impacted from recent events.
The "Game of Thrones" main production office is located in Belfast, where a majority of the show is filmed. Last week's episode, "Battle of the Bastards," was shot in the island country, the episode reportedly costing a whopping $10 million to produce. The show is already supremely expensive to produce, making fans concerned that economic uncertainty could affect the show's production.
But film and television enthusiasts have reason for worry beyond "Thrones." The U.K.'s departure from the E.U. could have devastating effects on the entertainment industry in Britain and the E.U. Unknown market volatility and tax policies across Europe will make it an unattractive place to produce expensive projects. Michael Ryan of the Independent Film and Television Alliance told Variety: "The decision to exit the European Union is a major blow to the U.K. film and TV industry. Producing films and television programs is a very expensive and very risky business and certainty about the rules affecting the business is a must."
Members of the U.K. entertainment and creative industry had largely come out in support of remaining in the E.U. before the vote. Some 300 actors, artists and musicians — including Benedict Cumberbatch, Helena Bonham Carter and Patrick Stewart — all signed a letter against the Brexit, citing an economic blow to Britain's creative industry as a reason to remain in the E.U.