Carice van Houten heads back to Westeros, and new photos from Lokrum and Moneyglass

The creation of season 5 is well under way, and Croatia and Northern Ireland are bustling with activity, when it comes to Game of Thrones. Here’s your round-up of the latest filming and cast news.

Carice van Houten is headed back to the set. Fans had wondered after her last tweet about Westeros if she was finished filming for the year already, but it seems that wasn’t the case.

Over in Croatia, new pics of the construction (source article contains Season 5 spoilers!) on Lokrum have surfaced. While still officially unconfirmed to be a GoT set, Lokrum has been a location in the past, notably for Qarth in season 2. The accompanying article notes that water channels of some type are being installed around the set. Lok2Ok2 Lok1 Back in Belfast, cast members are filling up the city lately. The latest actors to be spotted together in the area are Aidan Gillen, Michael McElhatton, and Conleth Hill.

Kit Harington, Alfie Allen and Iwan Rheon ran into a fan while out on the town, as well.  

We also have new images of the mysterious set at Moneyglass.

It looks like they’ve been heading out there late at night.

Sue the Fury: It’s been a busy few weeks for filming news, and will only get more exciting with location shooting in Croatia due to begin shortly.

Sue the Fury
Susan Miller, Editor in Chief of WatchersOnTheWall.com

83 Comments

  1. Awesome… erm..
    Well, I guess the production on the Moneyglass castle is progressing, but not complete just yet.

    Does that look like they’re making it look like a wooden fort like Deepwood Motte? No real motte there, but VFX can add the bailey and motte fairly easily…

    I guess it does not look like Winterfell, Riverrun or an inn to me either, but I still do not get a solid feeling to any location. Maybe a new area in the Vale of Arryn like outside Snakewood Forest? But that seems like a lot of set building for some random region…

    Here’s hoping the next set of pics in a couple weeks solves the riddle! XD

  2. I didn’t realize Conleth Hill actually shaves his head every season for the role. He had a rather striking full head of hair when Queen Elizabeth did her set visit the other month.

  3. The Moneyglass set is Deepwood Motte. All Hail Stannis!

    But where is the Kingsmoot!? No godless man may sit the Seastone Chair!

  4. now that you’ve found out about him loving ice cream, Littlefinger will stab you to death with that ice cream-on-a-stick. You’ve been warned.

  5. Is it just me, or are Aidan, Michael, and Conleth all stoned as hell in that picture. I think she caught them while they were out for munchies…

  6. Balerion The Cat:
    Sword of the Morning,

    He doesn’t, he was probably in a brake and kept his make-up on.

    Actually he does shave his head – in one of the commentaries on an earlier season [can’t remember which one but it’s up on YouTube] Michelle Fairley mentioned having run into him one summer and he was bemoaning having shaved his hair too soon because he didn’t have to start filming straightaway.

  7. Aidan Gillen with his ‘Feast’ is probably my favourite photo this year!

    Moneyglass still remains quite the mystery but I still think it looks like Deepwood Motte or the Dun Fort in Duskendale. Probably completely wrong though!

  8. Sue the Fury,

    Sue, I think you guys missed this tweet by Jessica Henwick (it’s not much, but anyways): https://twitter.com/JHenwick/status/501347539522969600 just another evidence that they are already filming some Dorne stuff (in NI I suppose, since the dates do not match the ones we have for filming in Spain, do they?). Lady nym posted this tweet yesterday in another tread, so if you’ve seen it and judged it as not-post-worthy I’m sorry for posting again 😉

  9. Lord Hugh Ryvenholt,

    Not looking great but they surely have to do something with Balon this season. I’d happily wait for season 6 for Euron and/or Victarion but would be annoyed if they’re completely cut. Especially as on events so far the Dorne stuff was equally/if not more cuttable and appears to be getting a lot of screen time.

  10. I just discovered WotW today, been catching up on a lot of the posts since inception, and just wanted to thank Sue and the crew again for doing this. This site makes me happy. I didn’t realize how much I missed the old WiC until I found WotW.

    Also, love that picture of Littlefinger, Roose, and Varys. Quite a gathering of masterminds in the supermarket there.

  11. RandomSand,

    No, actually, I retweeted that yesterday. It’s not really worth adding. We already knew the Sand Snakes were filming, as of a couple weeks ago.

  12. Sweet! I hoped for it. I even posted everywhere about it. OMG!!!! WE MIGHT GET DEEPWOOD MOTTE! Let me go freakout proper for a bit.

    Aidan holding a Dove Icecream Bar?! Hahaha

  13. Sue the Fury,

    Oops, I should have paid more attention to the tweet then, sorry. My excitement for season 5 (that will get me killed until april) must have blinded me 😉

  14. If Aidan Gillen, Michael McElhatton, and Conleth Hill are truly getting baked together when they’re not shooting and then wandering around Belfast so that Aidan can get an ice cream bar, then it needs to be on the DVD. I’m serious. I’ll pay extra if I have to.

  15. Even with cutting and cropping, the picture would be too large, but if I could make it work, that picture of Aidan with the ice cream bar would be my avatar!

    There have been a couple of mentions of water channels being built at Lokrum, so I’d guess they’ll be using that for part of Braavos? I can’t recall water channels/canals anywhere else. Am I forgetting something?

  16. Thank the god thats mean Mel has more scenes than we thought she had after her tweet when we thought she finished 🙂 so damn excidet

    And Iwan looks like a vampire 🙂 he only need some fangs 🙂

    If the gryjoy story line will not be in this season so thats mean the building cannot be Deepwood

  17. There is an event going on now with george and fans wearing customs , I don’t know if he would say anything important … Imagine if in the end he said oh .. Yes … I almost forget … the release date for the winds of winter is 1/1/2015 🙁 and now I’m gonna read you something short … Lets start ….AzorAhai …”star reading ” …….. 🙁 going back to my sleep and my false dreams):

    In this hastag ##GeorgeandRobin

  18. Strider,

    Looked like a Feast to me. We need to get to the bottom of just what choc-ice Littlefinger is indulging in! Can anyone tweet him? This could be crucial to his masterplan!

  19. TheTouchOfFrost,

    I share the same feeling, hopefully we’ll know Balons fate near the end of the season and the

    kingsmoot in the season finale, with Euron’s speech about conquering westeros with Daenerys dragons

    …that would be an awsome cliffhanger! until november they can still bring more cast

  20. jentario,

    Jent, did not touch TW today (mind out of gutter!). Also it seems too small for Winterfell. I’m sticking to Deepwood Motte until proven otherwise.

    TheTouchOfFrost,

    I vote for Magnum Almond disguised as Feast. All part of his master plan.

  21. I can see the Greyjoys coming in during season 6. If they have the battle of Meereen in season 6 (likely during the middle or end of the season) it would make sense to introduce them then. I’m aware that the battle will happen in the beginning of TWOW, but wouldn’t it make sense for the TV Show to have it toward the end of the season? I’m almost positive Euron will be in the show, and, if the Greyjoys are put off to season 6 then there’s a good chance they could all make it. Not sure how many other new characters will be introduced after season 5….maybe Howland Reed, the Griffs? I dont really know. I remember when Cogman said he wanted to write Damphair “but we’d see”.
    http://winteriscoming.net/2012/10/29/bryan-cogman-talks-season-3-and-adaptation/

  22. clk:
    Lady Nym,

    His english editor Jane Johnson said there are almost no chance that the Winds of Winter will be released in 2015

    I know that , I said in the end its just my false dreams ):

  23. Jared:
    If Aidan Gillen, Michael McElhatton, and Conleth Hill are truly getting baked together when they’re not shooting and then wandering around Belfast so that Aidan can get an ice cream bar, then it needs to be on the DVD. I’m serious. I’ll pay extra if I have to.

    Jared,

    What if they all get high and do a commentary track for the season 5 DVD.

  24. Afeastfordances: Jared,

    What if they all get high and do a commentary track for the season 5 DVD.

    I bet that commentary would be hilarious.
    It would that much funnier, of course, if we all got high, and commented on their commentary, as we ate ice cream bars. 🙂

  25. Hellllz yeahhhhhh! Finally I’m home baby! Uhhhhh I’m soo glad to have found this site! If I only I knew about it earlier…Finnally a new refuge and place to look forward visiting! Yay!

    The other, site (shall remain nameless) has slowly but surely turned into a repository of crap run by a bunch of turdmasters! FTW!

    Soo thank you for setting up this site guys and looking forward to you carying us through the next years of “Game Of Thrones”!!!!

    Thanks for the pics, especially the one at the bottom with members of the cast!

  26. Was Conleth Hill shop-lifting there?

    Queenofthrones: omg holyshit you guys I found you!! It feels like HOME! AHHHHHH…!

    I arrived yesterday after dwelling in the void for months, and feel exactly the same! I surely hope the general tone in the comments section remains the same as the new site gains followers…

  27. Lord Hugh Ryvenholt,

    I’m hoping for

    Balon dying at the finale of this season with maybe him crossing the bridge and spotting Euron’s ship on the horizon, next thing he’s faced with a hooded figure who pushes/throws him to his doom. That way they can launch straight into the Kingmoot at the start of Season 6 and they can postpone the casting of the relevant players. Only problem is what does Yara do in this time? Depends on how quick Stannis moves to take things in the north. If he’s not going too quick she’ll have time to escape the Kingsmoot in the first episode and get captrued by Stannis on her return North. Hmmm we shalll see.
  28. Mormont,

    Strider:
    jentario,

    Jent, did not touch TW today (mind out of gutter!). Also it seems too small for Winterfell. I’m sticking to Deepwood Motte until proven otherwise.

    TheTouchOfFrost,

    I vote for Magnum Almond disguised as Feast. All part of his master plan.

    The cunning swine. I bet he’s the one who thought up the gumball at the bottom of Screwballs! If his plan to take over Westeros fails he could be become an evil Willy Wonka!

  29. Abyss: Well, I don’t know, maybe Aidan Gillen was…But It’s not like I have any evidence to support this…

    I’m not accusing anybody here (legally obligatory disclaimer) but I’m just saying: have another look at Conleth’s pocket… Actually, in spirit of their characters, Aiden is probably stealing in full view with a “what’s it to you” attitude, whereas Conleth is being much more subtle about it.

  30. Tar Kidho,

    So the situation is that Aidan Gillen and Conleth Hill are stealing and Michael McElhatton is smiling, because he’ll rat on them. – You are right, everyone is in character. Method acting for the win!

  31. clk:
    Lady Nym,

    His english editor Jane Johnson said there are almost no chance that the Winds of Winter will be released in 2015

    I have no idea when TWOW will be done, but his english editor really doesn’t either. It’s not like she is actually his editor editor, and it’s clear his real editor (the one that actually edits his work) gets an all-but-completed manuscript from George and there’s not a ton of time-consuming back and forth there relative to other authors. If the editor he works with (not just the relationship manager for another english-speaking country) has no idea when he’s going to turn it in, the english editor has no idea at all.

    In other words, it’s really up to how fast he can write this thing. I guarantee you once it is in, it’ll go to print in record time. George probably has between now and next June to make the 2015 holidays. I’m not sure anyone knows if he will make it or not.

  32. TheTouchOfFrost:
    Lord Hugh Ryvenholt,

    I’m hoping for

    If they are actually going to stick to seven seasons, and it’s not a labor negotiating tactic, I think it will be tough to delay that plotline when all other plotlines will be 2-3 books ahead. If Victarion or Euron steal a dragon or join forces with Dany (or Dany’s forces) and then go on to do stuff…will it work to delay that plot until Season 6? I just think it far more likely they simply have a character take over the role. If Victarion is just providing ships, Dany already has a fleet. If his horn steals a dragon, Tyrion and maybe Moqorro meet and bring it. But delaying until Season 6 of 7 seems like it may create a lot of integration issues.
  33. Darquemode:
    Queenofthrones,

    Tar Kidho,

    Nice to see some more familiar faces showing up here!

    Some unsuspecting soul left the back door ajar and I slipped into this site today. SO FREAKING EXCITED TO SEE SOME FAMILIAR FACES!! I may even start posting again . . .

  34. Is it too much of a dream to think that castle is Deepwood Motte? No Gemma Whelan news yet?

    And Water Channels scream Braavos.

  35. Darquemode:
    Queenofthrones,

    Tar Kidho,

    Nice to see some more familiar faces showing up here!

    Oooooh it’s good to be back! Reading this site when arriving at work is just what I need to boost the energy levels, and the last months have been tough.

    Abyss: and Michael McElhatton is smiling, because he’ll rat on them.

    Haha, very true 🙂

  36. Tar Kidho,

    If they are stealing confectionary, I think Conleth would have pilthered the Cadbury’s. That’s how he got the moniker ‘Master of Wispas’ 😛

    …not sure anyone outside the UK will get that…even less sure those who do get it will find it funny!

  37. Balerion The Cat,

    Wow, I almost didn’t recognize Dillane in the picture. Just shows what a big difference costuming and makeup and hairstyles can make.

    Seeing all these pics and info being posted are fun and exciting. Makes the time go by faster until next season.

  38. TheTouchOfFrost: …not sure anyone outside the UK will get that…even less sure those who do get it will find it funny!

    Living on ‘the continent’ I watch BBC every day, foremost all the (satirical) comedy, but still I haven’t got a clue what you’re saying… But I’m sure I’d laugh with it, so here’s an anticipatory laugh for you: Haha!

  39. Alan:

    I agree. If the significant portion of the Greyjoy storyline

    happens back on Westeros, then there are much more compact story devices in place to get Dany back there, and since they don’t interact with other storylines significantly at least until TWoW (and we have had no teasers for that storyline yet) it makes much more sense to delay that storyline and bring them all in later.

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