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Italy Is Giving Away Old Castles For Free, And Here’s How You Can Get One

If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own castle, now’s your chance. Italy is giving away 103 run-down properties, including villas, inns, and castles for free. That means anyone can start building their personal versions of Winterfell, Casterly Rock, or The Pyke.

However, there’s just one catch. The country’s State Property Agency expects anyone who gets a free castle (or any other of the 103 objects) to commit to restoring it so it can be used as a tourist destination. Whether the property becomes a hotel, spa, restaurant, or something else is up to the new owner to decide.

“The project will promote and support the development of the slow tourism sector,” Roberto Reggi from the State Property Agency told The Local. “The goal is for private and public buildings which are no longer used to be transformed into facilities for pilgrims, hikers, tourists, and cyclists.” Authorities also hope this plan will relieve some of the strain on the country’s most popular and overcrowded areas (like Venice).

The deadline for applications is…

Game of Thrones Spinoff Alert? HBO Working on 4 New Projects About Westeros

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The story of Westeros might not end when Game of Thrones does after its eighth season. HBO is working on not one, but four projects as a spinoff of the popular fantasy series based on the books by George R.R. Martin, E! News has confirmed.

The four projects will each explore different time periods in Westeros. Prequels? Sequels? Spinoffs with a main character? That remains to be seen.

The writers on the projects: Max Borenstein, whose credits include Kong: Skull Island; Jane Goldman of Kingsman: The Secret Service who will write with Martin; A Knight’s Tale veteran Brian Helgeland; and Carly Way of Mad Men and Martin. Game of Thrones creators and showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff are not connected with any of the four potential shows…