The Daily Mail has new photos from the set of Game of Thrones, giving us a glimpse of the magic in progress. Kit Harington, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Daniel Portman, and a body double for Sophie Turner are spotted in the pictures showing production underway recently at Banbridge’s Linen Mill Studios.
Another week of filming has begun, and the stars are popping up in Belfast once again. The khaleesi has been reunited with her crew! Emilia Clarke shared this photo today of her with Jacob Anderson and Nathalie Emmanuel:
Two months, dozens of polls, thousands upon thousands of votes, and we’ve reached the end of the Watchers on the Wall Awards voting for 2016. One more category, and one more vote to be cast, for the biggest category of all: Best Episode of Game of Thrones Season 6.
It’s been a few months since the season ended, so we’re providing detailed summaries of each episode to refresh your memory before voting. Go down mini-memory lane, consider the ups, downs, highlights and lows of every episode, and make your decision!
It’s our second-to-last day of Watchers on the Wall Awards final round polling, and we’ve saved the silliest for the end! Funniest Quote is a category that reminds us Game of Thrones isn’t all grim gore and bitter misery. Even the darkest scenes coming on the heels of grief and shock can be laced with wit. There were dozens of nominees in our preliminary round, from a diverse range of characters. But only five can make the final cut, and there were five clear winners in our poll.
The funny finalists are:
Game of Thrones will be visiting several exciting locations later this fall, and today we have new details about one of them and their role in season 7, courtesy of Los Siete Reinos.
Extras casting in Malpartida de Cáceres, Spain kicked off earlier this month, providing a hint at season 7 and confirming that GoT will be filming in the area from November 14th through December 15th. We know from the casting announcement and process that HBO was hunting for Unsullied soldiers, and we also learned then the show was searching for a large amount of horses to use in a sequence for filming there.
Light spoilers below the cut!
This year for the Watchers on the Wall Awards, we divided our Action category into two: a bigger-scale category for the entire action sequences and battles of Game of Thrones, and a smaller-scaled second category for fights. Best Fight voting opened on Tuesday (polls are still open for another day!) and now it’s time to turn our attention to the Best Action Sequence of season 6.
The finalists are:
When Alexander Siddig was announced as a new addition to the Game of Thrones cast at San Diego Comic Con in 2014, fans could not have been more hyped. He was a long-time favorite for the role of Prince Doran Martell; him joining the show in the part for season five was a dream come true for viewers who love to fancast the story in advance. Siddig delivered in his performance as the wise and cautious older brother of the beloved Oberyn Martell, but his character was seemingly shunted off to the side. Then Prince Doran was bumped off in an inglorious manner in the season six premiere by Ellaria Sand, furthering the agenda of the Sand Snakes and diverging wildly from the A Song of Ice and Fire version of the character’s plot. Fans were left annoyed and largely baffled by the move.
Speaking to StarTrek.com in a new interview, Alexander Siddig addresses his time on Game of Thrones and what happened there- as much as he knows. He admits he’s “not really sure what happened there,” and says he was actually contracted to do at least four episodes in season six. But something changed, and he received a phone call one day from the showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss:
Filming has resumed and we’re already hearing reports of shooting on location in Northern Ireland, beyond the walls of the studio. Local fans have encountered Game of Thrones’ production crews in a familiar place over the past day:
@WatchersOTWall Filming currently going on just outside Saintfield. The crew’s base is just round the corner from my house.
— David McIlroy (@david_mcilroy) September 21, 2016
With the Emmys over, the cast of Game of Thrones is heading back to Belfast and filming has resumed. Along with the latest sightings, we also have some news regarding a return and a new casting notice for season 7.
WotW’s Petra is visiting Belfast at the moment and happened to run into a few cast members hanging out together while she was out and about:
Walked past Alfie Allen, Kit Harington & Isaac Hempstead Wright in Belfast today. Unexpected perk of wandering around lost for an hour
— Petra Halbur (@PLHalbur) September 20, 2016
Traveling through Europe and she’s still reporting: nicely done, Petra.
The studios must be very busy at the moment. In addition the above trio, other actors are due in town. In Emmys interviews, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams all confirmed they were set to return to work shortly, with Clarke leaving Los Angeles on Monday and the other women arriving in Belfast on Wednesday. Nathalie Emmanuel tweeted about her return to the city, and we’ve heard from other sources that Jacob Anderson is headed back to Belfast for filming this week.
Our sources have provided news of another return, which we’ll tuck below a cut just to stay on the safe side.