Hertfordshire town Kings Langley becomes King’s Landing to promote Game of Thrones
By Lightbringer on in News.

A small historic town in Hertfordshire, Kings Langley, has transformed itself into King’s Landing as part of a Game of Thrones promotion by HBO. The town unveiled its new sign today proclaiming itself as Capital of the Seven Kingdom (and reminding everyone to drive carefully), while the Kings Langley School choir sang their rendition of The Rains Of Castamere.

The idea for the transformation originally came when a Game of Thrones producer misheard Kings Langley being announced as King’s Landing while waiting at a railway station.

King’s Landing will remain a spot on the map until February 23, the launch of the Game of Thrones Season 3 DVD in the UK. Until then local businesses will be getting in on the Thrones fun in a bid to boost tourism, and fans are being encouraged to tweet pictures of themselves at the sign using the hashtag #KingsLandingUK.


37 Comments

  1. Grijnwaald
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Ho-dor ho-dor

    Shame there’s nothing on the Westeros map that sounds like Bristol :(

  2. gisizzlah
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Kid: Hey mom guess what! im gonna be part of promoting Game of thrones for the town! can i watch the show?
    Parent: uhhhh….

  3. Downesdarrion
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    gisizzlah: Kid: Hey mom guess what! im gonna be part of promoting Game of thrones for the town! can i watch the show?Parent: uhhhh….

    Hahaha, my thoughts exactly…..

  4. Wrath of the Gods
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    gisizzlah,

    Right, they’ve got all these kids holding up banners and acting like GoT fans when they can’t even watch the show lol

  5. Laurentius
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    My friend lives in Västerås in Sweden, pronounced “Vesteros”, maybe they should do this too.

  6. WeirwoodTreeHugger
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    I bet a ton of kids pirate GoT and watch on their computers without their parents having any idea. Kids have always seen more things with adult content than their parents can ever imagine. I was a fan of slasher movies as a kid.

  7. adense
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Wrath of the Gods:
    gisizzlah,

    Right, they’ve got all these kids holding up banners and acting like GoT fans when they can’t even watch the show lol

    Why wouldn’t they be able to watch it? :P

  8. andy peterson
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Can we send a few politicians down there to be given the Ned treatment please? Also I wonder how many nights that sign will last before some scrote decided to nick it and stick it up on ebay…

  9. Joshua Atreides
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Off topic (this is neat btw!) : Michelle Fairley just got cast as a major player in Fox’s 24 Reboot.

  10. The Kingslayer
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Atreides:
    Off topic (this is neat btw!) : Michelle Fairley just got cast as a major player in Fox’s 24 Reboot.

    24 Reboot? what?? why they are doing this? i hate remakes. especially remakes of good films and shows.
    btw will she be on this GoT season for UnCat role?

  11. Joshua Atreides
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    Well its a reboot of the series technically, but its a continuation of the same storyline, It stars 24 veterans Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, William Devane and Kim Raver. Dont worry Jack Baeur is there. Its only going to be in 12 episodes instead of 24 and is set in London, England. New cast members include Fairley, Yvonne Strahovski, Stephen Fry and others. It begins sometime in May.

  12. Fatio Corcyn
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Probably less a way to promote GoT than a way to promote tourism to a town that has not much to offer other than a flat-roofed pub and a museum of minerals, actually.

  13. Fatio Corcyn
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Atreides:
    The Kingslayer,

    Well its a reboot of the series technically, but its a continuation of the same storyline,It stars 24 veteransKiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, William Devane and Kim Raver. Dont worry Jack Baeur is there. Its only going to be in 12 episodes instead of 24 and is set in London, England. New cast members include Fairley, Yvonne Strahovski, Stephen Fry and others. It begins sometime in May.

    Is that a bad sign for You-Know-Who? (No clue how to do spoiler tag on mobile)

  14. Abyss
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Lol, grandma is like “I don’t care that all the others are a third of my age, I’m totally doing that shit!”.

  15. Joshua Atreides
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Fatio Corcyn,

    No. Because it takes placed and is filmed in London, England.

  16. Summer is Coming
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I love maps, and a while ago I spotted on Britain’s map this town called King’s Lynn in Norfolk that is more King’s Landing due to its position. There are many similarities concerning names ad maps. Actually if you see the Britain map in mirror it will be very similar to Westeros. Wales for example, is the Stormlands. London is Oldtown, Cornwall and the whole peninsula containing it’s Dorne. Scotland is the North. And so on. Yes, King’s Lynn is on the same side either way, in the place of King’s Landing, but still; the name and its position at the The Wash bay (Blackwater Rush bay). :D And many more if you look at the maps.

  17. Alex
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Emilia Clarke Beats Jennifer Lawrence, Tops 99 Most Desirable Women List:

    http://celebrity.yahoo.com/news/emilia-clarke-beats-jennifer-lawrence-tops-99-most-190500732-us-weekly.html

    Khalessi!

  18. otia dant vitia
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    This is the UK, HBO – pretty soon that sign is going to mysteriously disappear. In fact, it’s going to look quite nice in my garden…. : )

  19. Don't care
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    You’d be surprised by what kids consume nowadays (or maybe not). I teach grade 8 and one of my students was reading Clash of Kings. I was so shocked by that. Not just because of the adult material but because those books aren’t the easiest reads for kids. Some of the kids in my class even put on a production of Game of Thrones during a school play. Most of them also play M rated video games. So really none of this should be shocking.

  20. Ser Lucas Tyrell
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Don’t care,

    I’m 15, but I read A Game of Thrones for the first time when I was twelve. I thought – and still think – that all this bullshit about protecting us from this content is utterly unfounded. Funnily enough I didn’t find any of the content shocking in any manner, but I was surprised someone would write that on a book. And I’m really glad I got to read the book at that age – it sounds like decades ago the way I wrote – those books were really important to me cuz I got to look at sex from a different point of view. Instead of seeing it as a dirty, though apparently normal, despicable thing, I started to see it as an authentic expression of love. At least in most cases.

  21. Jacob_M
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Don’t care,

    Back in the – 90′s I got into A Wheel of Time and while I was doing the waiting-for-the-next-book routine (e.g. calling Tor Books answering machine to hear Robert Jordans voice reporting on the progress in writing the next book…back when calls from Sweden to the US was pretty expensive…good thing my dad had a company phone)

    …anyway, as I was waiting-for-the-next-book, I picked up a Game of Thrones and noticed that Robert Jordan recommended it. Loved it, but I had unfortunately added another series to my eternal wait-list. So someone recommended I read Sword of Truth (Wizards First Rule) by Terry Goodkind: The level of sadistic and sexual violence was such that I just couldn’t stomach it. The purpose of my post and the reason you made me think about it is: After I had read the first book in the series, I went to the authors official (fan-run) website and on it I found a letter from Terry where he wrote about how a teacher had written him on behalf of her students, asking him to come to their school and talk about his books. According to her, all her students in her class had read his books. The teacher (apparently) had no idea what kind of books he wrote, other than that they were “fantasy” with a cover that to her mind signalled “kids books”. Terry Goodkind had felt obliged to write this teacher to tell her just how graphic and sexually violent his books were, including a copy of the first book and asking her to read it and have a talk with her students parents. The teacher read the book and was rather shocked in her reply to him. Her students were third graders.

    @SirLucasTyrell: We are all different, of course, but I would certainly not ASoIaF to children – I was an adult by the time I started to read the GoT books but I still find parts of it very hard to read, same as I find parts of the TV series hard to Watch. And many scenes in the books are in many ways much “worse” in terms of mental/sexual- and just plain ordinary violence.

    Sex as an expression of love is not *quite* what comes to mind when I think of GoT.

  22. Chickenduck
    Posted February 11, 2014 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    Don’t care,

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all – I’m also a teacher and heaps of my students around that age (13-14 years) all watch GoT. And BB, and the Walking Dead, and etc etc…

  23. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    A bit off topic, but I really want to see a shot where Tyrion steps back into the shadows after shooting Tywin.

  24. OldeCrone
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    The fact the producer misheard the name of the town doesn’t say much for public announcement in the UK…..

  25. oli
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    I have been to the real Kings Landing and took nice pictures there two years ago!
    It’s near Fredericton (Canada): http://goo.gl/maps/8DUQg.
    That’s a very nice village to visit! (but not very accessible, no major cities except Fredericton on that area).

  26. chris
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    On the subject of kids watching GoT …

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbEhByk4Icg

    You know this means divorce right

  27. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    chris,

    This is why the Saturday Laughs shouldn’t be just current material :D There’s loads of good songs and skits that were missed out. Words are Wind, House Baratheon (Black & Yellow), Freys Can’t Stop etc.

  28. Aegnor
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Kings Langley School choir singing the Rains of Castamere:

    http://youtu.be/D-eQJDWJYaI

  29. Ser Lucas Tyrell
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Jacob_M:
    Don’t care,

    Sex as an expression of love is not *quite* what comes to mind when I think of GoT.

    I understand . I think I didn’t express myself the best way I could. The main reason I like sex on ASOIAF is because of the different points of view when looking at sex. In COK we see through Theon Greydouche’s eyes. It looks like porn. Then we see through Bran’s eyes, and he treats it as something apparently normal. He is not completely oblivious to it, as well, he is eight. I remember having the same kind of thoughts Bran had about it. And this is one of the things I really liked when reading the book. It’s realistic.

    About love and sex – I think Ygritte and Jon were the best examples of it in the series. But the first I think was Ned and Cat.

    How old are third graders, though, nine? Too young, I agree. But I think those holding the banners are not too young for the show.
    BTW, my mom doesn’t even know about the sex on the show. Hell, I don’t think she even knows about the show. I don’t think she would mind though.

  30. Ser Lucas Tyrell
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Aegnor,

    Lord Tywin approves.

  31. bufkus
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Wrath of the Gods:
    gisizzlah,

    Right, they’ve got all these kids holding up banners and acting like GoT fans when they can’t even watch the show lol

    I’m sure they have seen the show, even if it was by means that are not exactly parent approved.

  32. bufkus
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Ser Lucas Tyrell:
    Don’t care,

    I’m 15, but I read A Game of Thrones for the first time when I was twelve. I thought – and still think – that all this bullshit about protecting us from this content is utterly unfounded. Funnily enough I didn’t find any of the content shocking in any manner, but I was surprised someone would write that on a book. And I’m really glad I got to read the book at that age – it sounds like decades ago the way I wrote – those books were really important to me cuz I got to look at sex from a different point of view. Instead of seeing it as a dirty, though apparently normal, despicable thing, I started to see it as an authentic expression of love. At least in most cases.

    Good for you.
    I think a lot of adults on here posting have probably forgotten their own experiences of watching or reading R-rated content at a young age. I know when I was a kid I read through all of L.Ron Hubbard’s Mission Earth books (this was before I knew he was a crazy inventor of scientology) and thoroughly enjoyed them despite the massive amount of sex and violence in the books.

  33. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    There was an old running gag on this BBC sitcom called Outnumbered. It’s very popular and well known because of its improvised moments. The middle child Ben whose now 13 but as big as Jaime, often asks his parents if he “can watch Little Britain?”, but as that’s an outdated reference now, in the present 5th series he’s changed it to Game of Thrones.

  34. NomadicDirewolf
    Posted February 12, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    interesting i dont live very far from Kings Langley, just a half an hour or so, whenever I’m getting the train and i hear kings langley announced i think exactly the same thing

  35. Roekest
    Posted February 18, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Glad they chose Rains of Castamere; I was already beginning to forget how it goes…

  36. Vickster
    Posted February 19, 2014 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Should have done this: http://www.visitwester-ross.com

    And Scotland would be north of the wall – Lancashire and Yorkshire would be Winterfell.


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