Relax: The Brexit Won’t Affect F*cking Game of Thrones

It's fine. Photo: HBO

So, do you want to know what the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union means for world financial markets? Or Scottish independence? Or the rising tide of right-wing nationalism both abroad and at home? No, you just want to know whether it's going to mess up your little tits-and-dragons show, don't you? Fine: The good news is that winter is still coming, whether Northern Ireland is in the EU or not. Some fans had feared the Brexit would prevent the show from subsidizing its production with grants from the European Regional Development Fund, but according to HBO, Thrones hasn't drawn from the fund for a few years now. As the network said in a statement, "We do not anticipate that the result of the EU Referendum will have any material effect on HBO producing Game of Thrones." That's not to say there will be no consequences entirely: The show had reportedly been scouting locations in Donegal in the Republic of Ireland for season seven, which will probably not happen if the border between the Republic and the North becomes a "hard" one again.