This series is shot in a studio in Belfast and in places located in Northern Ireland, Malta, Croatia, Iceland and Morocco.The series, set on the fictional continents of Westeros and essos at the end of a decade-long summer, has several plot lines. The first noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the seven kingdoms ;the second covers the rising threat of the impending winter and the mythical creatures of the North; The third chronicles the attempts of the exiled last scion of the realm’s deposed dynasty to reclaim the throne. The series explores the issues of social hierarchy, religion, loyalty, corruption, sexuality, civil war, crime, and punishment.and yes it is a big budget production. It has been nominated for a tons of awards and it is the cult series of the decade. It is the best Medieval series. My hats to the writers and producers that stay true to the book. It seems to me that most people are fine with the adaptation of the book and that is a good thing.