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There's a month to go before the hotly-anticipated eight season of Game of Thrones hits our screens.

With the new season on the horizon, hot topics include The Night King (with some even suggesting the villain could take the Iron Throne) and the fate of the White Walker leader.

Whilst these conversation starters are on the tip of our tongues at the moment, there is one factor which is constant, and that's the eye-catching filming locations.

They always look so stunning on film – and guess what?

You can visit them in person and see the jaw-dropping sites for yourself.

Not a bad idea for a weekend away, right?

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A  map from Globehunters showcases some of the best GOT filming locations, so you can visit them for yourself.

So first up is Dubrovnik in Croatia – where Kings Landing in Season 2 was filmed in and was first seen in The North Remembers Episode.

And the best news is it's FREE. 

Another gorgeous location is Þingvellir in Iceland.

The Entrance to the Eyrie’s true location is there and Season 4 wouldn't have been the same without this stunning set. 

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Another fabulous filming location is in Northern Ireland where in the first episode when we were introduced to Winterfell and the young Stark boys practising Archery.

The scenes were filmed in County  Down where you can visit Castle Ward in Northern Ireland for less than £10.

To see the full list of show-stopping Game of Thrones destinations, click here.

Passports at the ready. 

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The final series of Game of Thrones may be over a year away, but fans of the hit HBO show won't have to wait that long before returning to Westeros.

While most of us are dreaming of sandy beaches and sky-high temperatures, some GoT fans are preparing themselves for a uniquely freezing experience as they book into Finland's first ever Thrones– themed ice hotel.

 

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Sitting at the centre of Lapland's SnowVillage, the famous Snow Hotel boasts 25 snow rooms and suites as well as an Ice Restaurant, Ice Bar, Ice Chapel and outdoor galleries of snow ice and art, every inch of which has been inspired by the popular fantasy series.

It's a dream getaway for any devoted Game of Thrones fan – if you can get past the -5C sleeping temperatures that is.

But, there's a catch.

 

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Just like all good things, Finland's GoT ice hotel won't last forever.

As temperatures begin to rise the structure will melt away for another year, when a new theme will be born.

The SnowVillage will remain open until Sunday, April 8 – meaning you'll need to act fast if you want to book a spot.

For more information click here.

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Last year, Game of Thrones star, Kit Harington, faced huge backlash after he compared the sexism faced by women on a daily basis to the process of men being selected for a role based on their looks.

"I like to think of myself as more than a head of hair or a set of looks," he said in a May 2016 interview with The Sunday Times.

"It's demeaning. Yes, in some ways you could argue I've been employed for a look I have. But there’s a sexism that happens towards men. There’s definitely a sexism in our industry that happens towards women, and there is towards men as well."

Needless to say, some people took issue with the controversial comments, with many pointing out that while objectification may exist for both genders, white male actors will always have the upper hand in Hollywood.

However, one year on, Kit has finally issued an apology for his careless remark.

Speaking to The Guardian, the 30-year-old said: "Sexism against men is not something I should have really said."

"I think what I meant was, being objectified. At that time, I did feel objectified, and now I’ve learned how to control that."

The actor went on to explain how while he remains somewhat uncomfortable with his sex-symbol status, he now realises that it was wrong to equate these feelings to the position of women in society.

“Look, I do think men can get objectified. I do feel I have been objectified in the past, sexually as well, in pieces that have been written about me.”

“Has that made me feel uncomfortable in the past? Yes. Do I think my position is the same as a woman’s in society? No. They’re very different things, and I should have separated them. I was wrong.”

His admission comes at a pivotal time in the entertainment industry as more and more women continue to come forward to share their experience of sexual abuse in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Here's hoping Kit's apology will inspire others to examine their own words and actions, and gain a better understanding of how sexism impacts the lives of women on a daily basis.

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If you are only just beginning your Game of Thrones journey, then you may want to sit this one out as it does – we repeat, it does – contain a spoiler from season 3.

But for those of you who are fully up to date, or at the very least, knee-deep in season 4, you will know that Theon, who is played by Alfie Allen, lost a very important body part at the hands of Ramsay Snow.

Now, that we're all clear on that front, let's introduce Game of Thrones fan, Olivia Bowes, who recently uploaded a shot of herself with Alfie.

With a nod to Theon's mutilation, Olivia wrote: "Unlike Theon I grew some balls and asked for a photo."

A pretty slick caption for a pretty exciting moment… if only it were true.

 

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So, it turns out that Alfie spotted the upload (and its caption) and decided to put Olivia's followers straight on something.

"Actually your Mum asked for you," he replied in a move which no doubt had Olivia reaching for the ice.

"F*CKING SAVAGE IM SCREAMING," replied one Instagram user in the wake of Alfie's clapback while another added: "I felt that burn from the end of the earth and came here to witness this wonder."

"Wow. It's like Olivia is the wall and Alfie just come in like Viserion and…burn!" joked another.

Better luck next time, Olivia.

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