The series is broadcast on u.s. television channel HBO. George r. r. based on Martin's epic fantasy series of ice and fire the series is named after the first book of the series. Northern Ireland malta Croatia Iceland and Morocco are filmed in a studio in Belfast. The first episode was completed in the seventh season of the series on 17 April 2011 at HBO. The first four episodes of the fifth season were leaked by internet hackers. The seventh season began on July 16, 2017, and ended on August 27 2017. HBO has approved the eighth season. A land where summers and winters can last for decades is filled with nesting ifs.