<i>Game of Thrones</i>' Joffrey Baratheon sits upon the Iron Throne at King's Landing.

Game of Thrones' Joffrey Baratheon sits upon the Iron Throne at King's Landing.

Westeros may not be anyone's ideal place to live, but one town in rural England is giving it a shot. For one week at least.

The historic town of Kings Langley, located in the county of Hertfordshire just outside of London, is changing its name to "King's Landing" for a week in February to celebrate the DVD release of the third season of Game of Thrones. (A second Kings Langley can be found in suburban Sydney, but there appears to be no intention to do the same, and Canada has a historical settlement called Kings Landing in Prince William.)

In the HBO series, King's Landing is the capital of Westeros and the scene of much political maneuvering to control the Iron Throne. It's a far cry from the sleepy village of Kings Langley, which has a population of just over 5000.

A small English village will be renamed King's Landing from George R.R. Martin's fantasy show Game of Thrones. View Larger Map

A producer for the hit show, which actually films in Ireland and other European countries, got the idea when he heard the town's name mentioned as a stop for a train leaving London's Euston station, according to United Press International.

Towns changing names to reflect an entertainment show isn't a new phenomenon — it's how the town of Hot Springs, New Mexico, ended up becoming Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. (Named after the popular 1950s NBC radio program hosted by Ralph Edwards, who offered to air Truth or Consequences from the first town that renamed itself after the show.)

But this time it appears the name change won't be permanent. Which is probably a relief for residents who happen to have seen the series or read the novels by George R.R. Martin upon which the show is based. All manner of terrible things happen in King's Landing.

The series recently topped TorrentFreak's annual list of most pirated TV shows.

Meanwhile, fans are eagerly awaiting the first glimpse of the new season, which is expected to air sometime in the first half of 2014.

Los Angeles Times, with Aja Styles