The North Remembers: September 2011

Raven LogoLet’s take a gander at September three years ago, and see what our community of Game of Thrones enthusiasts was up to then.

  • Season two was teased by the logo accompanied by a whisper of “The night is dark and full of terrors”. You can still watch it here.
  • Game of Thrones won Best Title Design at the Creative Arts Emmys. The first Emmy Award! The big one came of course a few days later when Peter Dinklage won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor! What a great recognition for the show.
  • Neil Marshall was added as a director (what a move!), joining Alan Taylor, Alik Sakharov, David Petrarca, and David Nutter.
  • Season two casting continued, after some hints from George we found out Rorge was to be played by Andy Backwith, and Biter by Gerard Jordan. We also figured out that Anthony Morris was to play Tickler, and later Fintan McKeown was cast as Amory Lorch. Ian Whyte stepped into Gregor Clegane’s shoes for S2. Steven Cole was cast at Kovarro. Finally, our intrepid Rabbit found out Tony Way was going to play Dontos Hollard.
  • We were still figuring out what role Oona Chaplin was supposed to play exactly.
  • In mid-September a powerful storm interrupted the shoot at Ballintoy, where the scenes in Renly’s camp were shot. Much like these days, the prep in Dubrovnik was in full swing and then started in the third week of September, making the locals excited. Both King’s Landing scenes and Dany’s scenes in Qarth were shot there. It’s been three years already. At the end of the month the “Blackwater” episode started filming.

Watchers on the Wall Awards: Best All-Around Quote


There were dozens of preliminary nominations for Best All-Around Quote this year, making this category another tough one for the Watchers on the Wall Awards. Between the Hound, the trial and the man from Dorne, memorable turns of phrase were easy to come by in season 4. After thousands of votes, the polling results are in, and the top 5 vote-getters can be revealed.

Your nominees for Best All-Around Quote are:
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Shooting of the Walk begins in Dubrovnik

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We have some new pics and the latest filming news from the set of Game of Thrones today.

According to our sources, Natalie Dormer, Lena Headey, Ian Beattie and Diana Rigg were on the Game of Thrones set in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and filmed several scenes. The actors continued filming Tywin’s elaborate funeral procession, and then shot the start of a major scene from the show’s fifth season.

SPOILERS below the cut!

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Second week of shooting in Dubrovnik, a glimpse of Cersei and Magisters of Pentos

*Updated with additional photos and minor spoilers* Take a look at the costume details after the cut.

Shooting continues around the Jesuit staircase today, and as has become habit, we have a whole lot of new photos for you.  The Seek New Travel blog has provided an update, with the following sneaky photo of Lena Headey in costume during her scene.

Mild spoilers after the cut.

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Exclusive new pictures from Game of Thrones filming in Dubrovnik


After a steady block of continuous filming in Dubrovnik, the Game of Thrones cast and crew are taking a well-deserved break today.

Over the past five days, different King’s Landing scenes have been shot in the Croatian city. One of our sources recently took a trip to Dubrovnik to see the sights firsthand, and has kindly given us a collection of his own images to share with the fans.

Spoilers/speculation below the cut.

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Watchers on the Wall Awards: Best Dramatic Scene


We have a major category for you all to vote on today: Best Dramatic Scene of season 4. There were dozens of nominees in the preliminary round for this award but the five strongest contenders were clear in the polling results.

Some of the nominated scenes could’ve been predicted by savvy ASOIAF readers, but the show also has surprised us with their own well-received twists on the story. We’re spoiled for choice, really.

And so, here are your five nominees for Best Dramatic Scene:

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Game of Thrones filming begins in Murlough Bay, and a royal procession moves through Dubrovnik

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Filming for Game of Thrones season 5 has recently moved to a new location in Northern Ireland: Murlough Bay.

The bay is a remote location in northeastern County Antrim, with gorgeous views overlooking various Scottish islands across the North Channel. It was previously used to film scenes in seasons 2 and 3; Theon’s horseback ride with Yara, and Davos’ rescue from being shipwrecked by Salladhor Saan.

Spoilers below the cut.

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Pictures from Game of Thrones filming at Dubrovnik’s Jesuit Staircase


Game of Thrones filming in Dubrovnik, Croatia continues today in preparation for the fifth season of the show.

The production team is holding back no expense, as we have seen from the vast number of images shared by various sites and collected here over the past few days. Today, filming moved to the Jesuit Staircase in the Old City, a popular tourist destination.

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