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The Northern Ireland government has pledged £5 million to build new studios in support of the film industry there. As the Telegraph reports, efforts will focus on expanding the Paint Hall facilities, which HBO’s Game of Thrones has fully occupied but will be relinquishing this week now that filming is about wrapped.

This article is yet another that vaguely implies that the 2nd season is a certainty, with the only question being where it might film. However, many of these articles build on one another. As we’ve said elsewhere, the production will certainly be laying the groundwork for a second season now… but the greenlight will only come after the April premiere at the earliest, once ratings are in.

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Ratings don't really concern HBO as it's a subscription channel. As long as there are enough subscribers, or they get more because of a new show, and it's gonna happen with GoT, they'll be happy to continue producing new seasons. Ratings are only used to calculate the price of commercials for network channels.

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Ratings actually do matter, but not in the same way as with networks. If there are very few viewers of a show, i.e low ratings, then that's a problem because it means the show's not doing much of anything for HBO while costing a bundle. :)

HBO won't greenlight until they see what kind of viewership the show is bringing in from its subscribers.

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