Carice van Houten returns to the set, plus more Ballintoy footage!

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Melisandre in season 5

Carice van Houten returned to the set of Game of Thrones today for more filming on season 6. The actress shared photos and a video of her locations and movements through the ever-present mud of Northern Irish sets.

In addition to Carice’s images, we also have a new filming video to share with you today!


The van Houten mini-tour:

Van Houten is always generous with the fun photos from the set. I’m grateful to have her in the cast! It’s interesting to see the actress filming more, as it’s been rumored she hasn’t been around as much this year, despite being a key component of the Night’s Watch/Jon Snow storyline.


Bonus video time: In early September, a video of the Greyjoy Ironborn shooting at Ballintoy Harbour in N.I. turned up, providing a peek at season 6. Today, that YouTuber has uploaded an extended video from the same day of filming, with another minute’s worth of footage to pore over.

For detailed spoilers of the Ironborn scene at Ballintoy, check out our September post!

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    1. Who’s playing Damphair?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

      No news on that for months. I want me some Kraken chucking!!!

      Seriously, I won’t stop asking until I know. Between 25000 extras, thousands of gofers, and like the 100K people employed by this show, at least one of them must be able to leak it without it tracing back to them!!!!!!!!!!

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    2. I just started following Carice today on Twitter because of those posts! We r really lucky to have her in the cast! She is good fun and great with the teasers! So glad she is not done filming yet, mayb more posts from her over next few weeks? A girl can only hope!!

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    3. I love the drone footage with the Irish music over dubbed. Even if we had seen it before, it was lovely to see again with bonus footage.

      Also CvH. Geesh, the price ya pay for glory trudging through the snow and mud and water.

      Come on Season 6!!

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    4. matheus tyrell,

      It would be nice to “see” Balon’s demise (malicious or accidental) because it would redirect (or clarify) a fair amount of online curiosity about that “off-page” leech-driven event.

      Glad to read that CvH has more to do. I still foresee a dire result for her in S6 though.

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    5. I’ve heard that she was one of the candidates to play Cersei. She’s actually prettier than Lena Headey, IMO.

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    6. JCDavis:
      Also CvH.Geesh, the price ya pay for glory trudging through the snow and mud and water.

      Come on Season 6!!

      From that “trudging” video, I guess we can say that Carice is a real “mudder!” (sorry, couldn’t help myself)

      Yes, Come on Season 6! And praying to the old gods and the new for BOOK 6 at least a week or two before the show debut!

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    7. Hodors Bastard: Glad to read that CvH has more to do. I still foresee a dire result for her in S6 though.

      I think that Mel will be there until the truth about R’hllor is discovered. She’s been so faithful to this thing and so much the “facewoman” for the faith in both media that they almost have to keep her there for dramatic effect when they learn that their god is not what they think it is. Replacing her with Thoros or some new priest/priestess just would not carry the weight: after all, she is the one we’ve seen sacrifice people to R’hllor, and she’s the one we need to see comprehend what she really was doing.

      So, I’d say that Mel is “safe” until Season 8: although I would not be surprised if she does not live out the episode in which the curtain is pulled back and BLANK is revealed. (I’m more and more amused with the idea that R’hllor is the vestige of Azor Ahai that got caught in some immortal limbo tied to the magics that bound the agreement between the Walkers, Children, etc.: and that is why R’hllor hates them both. It is a silly and completely speculative conjecture without a shred of evidence to support it: but that makes it just as sound as any other conjecture I have read!)

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    8. Have we seen that kind of torches at Castle Black, the iron forged ones ?

      I cant recall seing them there, but she’s most likely filming at the set.

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    9. FreeParking,

      That is one thing that many people do not know about filming: they frequently use very different lights in order to make sets look a particular way. The side effects are peoples’ hair or clothes looking different colors. However, that happens in the real world: what a shade of red looks like early in a winter evening is much more purple and faded than what it looks like at noon on a summer day.

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    10. Wimsey,

      I actoully liked how her hair looked. Loved the darker colour.
      In my opinion, her hair in S2 looked quite bad. Way too red.

      Another one of those moments where it sounds ”cool” in the books but looks off on TV. Well that only my opinion, I for one hope the hair keeps looking the same.

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    11. I dont see Mel dying until her and Arya meet again. Possibly Arya being the one to end her, as some sort of payback for Gendry.

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    12. Pigeon:
      So great – love Carice! She’s one of the few actors that I follow on social media, always a hoot.

      Hoot? HOOT? Strange noise coming from a Pigeon. And I ain’t an actor but I did look for you on Twitter, didn’t find ya. I am @LadyFionavar iffin’ ya wanna reach me there.

      Now about this boat….we have been rowing for a long time now. I think we passed Gendry several times and he wouldn’t accept an invite to dine and swill……what say we move to the mother ship? 😀

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    13. Wimsey: I think that Mel will be there until the truth about R’hllor is discovered. She’s been so faithful to this thing and so much the “facewoman” for the faith in both media that they almost have to keep her there for dramatic effect when they learn that their god is not what they think it is.

      Oh, she is quite interesting, W….but I think that if she had the chance to “enable” a scenario where the legend of AA is within her grasp, she would do anything to make it happen, to include glamouring herself as Ygritte (or Val) to coerce a Nissa Nissa scenario for the hero’s return. Something may also go wrong with her unrehearsed rituals since the forces of old gods and red gods (and nationalists!) may be strong at CB. 🙂

      I see her living on in spirit, possibly within Jon, to walk WF’s parapet walls and see Arya again (to address concerns about her show visions). But maybe that’s too much of a reach?

      I must admit I am intrigued and perplexed by Mel and Shireen’s fate (and for what purpose) at CB. Selyse will hang herself regardless. Anyway, if Jon returns intact, I believe it will come with a heavy price.

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    14. Darjan:
      I dont see Mel dying until her and Arya meet again. Possibly Arya being the one to end her, as some sort of payback for Gendry.

      It was a theory among some fans at that point but last season Arya never even mentioned Mel on her list with the others.If the writers didn’t bothered to put her there anymore it could mean that Arya will have nothing to do with Mel’s death.

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    15. Wimsey,

      Interesting – what is your theory, re: what R’hillor “really is”? I always assumed that we’d never really find out – it would just be left hanging as a mystery and matter of conjecture, whereby we can interpret if this thing really is some kind of “God”, or some other supernatural entity, or human-based magic, or whatever whatever. Do you think that this mystery will be resolved before the end of the tale?

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    16. Phil Necro,

      Hmmm, doesn’t look much like her to me. The facial structure is all wrong. I can see the resemblance, but it just doesn’t look right. Still, it’s really hard to tell, you might be right.

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    17. She will be on the show until its done. Mel is a huge character and her role only gets bigger and bigger each season. She said at Emmy’s in Sep 2015 that her role is big this year. Her words “you see more of her” thats why she likes s6

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    18. Hodors Bastard: I see her living on in spirit, possibly within Jon, to walk WF’s parapet walls and see Arya again (to address concerns about her show visions). But maybe that’s too much of a reach?

      That is something I could see being done in the books, but being adapted on TV so that she is still alive. Onscreen, it would look a little too “subconscious Cylon” and probably confuse people.

      I do agree that Jon’s revival might involve a steep cost. However, I think that the cost will be personal in some way. (I am pretty sure that it will not be Ghost.) And I do not see either Book!Jon or Show!Jon being so attached to Mel that she would be a loss to him. Quite frankly, if she can actually convince him that she brought him back from dead, then I could see Jon holding this against Mel! Honor is Jon’s greatest vice, after all. 😀 However, that also means that renouncing his vows to the Watch could be the price. That might seem like nothing to us: but I think that it is everything to Jon because people assume he is dishonest because he’s a bastard AND because he’s the facultative son of a man who’s greatest flaw was excess honor. (And that’s why I think that the truth of his parentage will be so important to Jon: not for being X and Y’s child, but for understanding that sometimes an honorable man will do a dishonorable thing in the name of a greater honor: but only at the price of living with the shame of the lesser dishonor.)

      Bob Warren: Do you think that this mystery will be resolved before the end of the tale?

      We definitely need to learn the “why” of R’hllor: I think that it will be as pivotal to the culmination of the story as the “why” of the Vorlons and Shadows was in Babylon 5. By the same token, we have to learn the “why” of the Walkers, too. One thing that M,B&W have emphasized all along is that the primary characters all struggle to find solutions that work well for everyone. This sometimes creates Gödelian paradoxes: what traditionalist Nights Watch members feel is best for everyone is the eradication of Wildlings and what the traditionalist Meereen nobility feel is best for everyone is enslaving most of the population. This stuff is going to set the stage for them reaching some solution (probably at some cost) that best accommodates all of the conflicting parties, or that harms the fewest of them.

      That makes the “what” of R’hllor secondary: but if knowing the “what” is critical to understanding the “why,” or even if knowing the “what” makes it easier for readers and/or viewers to understand the “why,” then M,B&W will let us know. Ultimately, it will be all about the “why”: but sometimes “what” is important for “why.”

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    19. The Tattered Prince,

      I think she’s a different sort of good-looking to Lena Headey…and wouldn’t it be a boring world if all attractive ladies – and men – had exactly the same classical features. I don’t have any problem with Lena Headey’s looks myself.

      Slightly off-topic but Carice is also a singer. I know she’s covered Kate Bush’s “Cloud Busting” – though I don’t know if Kate Bush is known that much outside the UK.

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    20. I adore Carice van Houten’s interpretation of Melisandre. She is our show’s equivalent of Gandalf. She surely must be there for the endgame. What she brings to this show is a singular quality, she personifies the mystic vision of GRRM and her every acting choice, be it an expression or a turn of phrase, is inspired and compelling. In fact, I wish the showrunners would secure Carice an Emmy nomination instead of Peter or Lena or Emilia. She deserves the kind of press and praise they regularly get because her character is one only a few performers are capable of pulling off.

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    21. Galli,

      GRRM has said that Melisandre is the most misunderstood of his characters. I think that people perceive her as “evil”or duped by a false religion or something like that. I do not think that she is any of those. She certainly is obedient to some super-human power that she thinks is a god: but her “faith” has a lot of empirical support to it!

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    22. I was kind of disappointed by the filter used at the wall in regards to how it made Mel’s hair look. In the books, I imagined her to still be vividly red and look as though she radiated warmth through the use of colour whilst everyone else had the filtered look.

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    23. Shy Lady Dragon,

      Aw, thanks. It is pure conjecture, and it is probably wrong. Still, I think that GRRM has something like this in store for us: when we find out the truth, then we’ll go: “oh, that was sort of sitting in front of us, wasn’t it?”

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    24. Newbietothegame:
      I was worried there for a bit for Red.
      Good to see she is back on the set.

      Agreed.

      Remember, if prophecy is true, she needs to meet Arya before she can die. That looks unlikely to happen in the near future.

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    25. Dame of Mercia:
      The Tattered Prince,

      I think she’s a different sort of good-looking to Lena Headey…and wouldn’t it be a boring world if all attractive ladies – and men – had exactly the same classical features.I don’t have any problem with Lena Headey’s looks myself.

      Slightly off-topic but Carice is also a singer.I know she’s covered Kate Bush’s “Cloud Busting” – though I don’t know if Kate Bush is known that much outside the UK.

      Known well enough to have been covered by Within Temptation, so presumably she has a following in mainland Europe.

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    26. Wimsey:
      Galli,

      GRRM has said that Melisandre is the most misunderstood of his characters.I think that people perceive her as “evil”or duped by a false religion or something like that.I do not think that she is any of those.She certainly is obedient to some super-human power that she thinks is a god: but her “faith” has a lot of empirical support to it!

      I agree.

      We only get a few chapters with her pov in adwd. It is a character we know very little about in the series. I hope we get more insight in TWOW. Her perspective was interesting and I liked how she try to explain her visions. She just gets images with no context and has to interpret on her own. I changed my opinion about Mel. I don’t hate her as much after the adwd pov chapters.

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    27. As much as I loath Melisandre I think Carice is awesome! The fact that she can make me feel that ire towards Mel proves she’s a fantastic actress. She and Liam Cunningham were really great in the movie Black Butterflies. She plays “crazy” really well. And gotta love the sense of humor she always sneaks in her posts:

      Carice: *sees puddle, stops* “Uh oh.” >_>

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    28. Dame of Mercia,

      Carice van Hautens’ “Particle of Light” is quite wonderful – I listen to it quite frequently and I am perplexed that it’s only got roughly 70 000 views on her channel on YT. I listen to it due to appreciating the music, but considering how many dedicated GoT fans there are there, I’d have thought that it’d have 100′ of thousands of views JUST from fans of the show wanting to hear “Melissandre” sing.

      Carice van Houten – Particle Of Light (Official Video)

      @SueTheFury Frankly, I feel that this site should “do Carice a solid” and promote this video/one of her music videos, every time they write a post about her…

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    29. FreeParking,

      I know, I was just making a joke. Her hair color looked like what washed out of Sansa’s in the tub. I didn’t like that filter on her because it took away her redness, which Mel is all about.

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    30. JCDavis: Hoot?HOOT?Strange noise coming from a Pigeon.And I ain’t an actor but I did look for you on Twitter, didn’t find ya.I am @LadyFionavar iffin’ ya wanna reach me there.

      Now about this boat….we have been rowing for a long time now.I think we passed Gendry several times and he wouldn’t accept an invite to dine and swill……what say we move to the mother ship??

      Well, “hoot” and “coo” can be quite similar depending on the dialect and part of the country you’re in. 😛

      Can we keep Sandor when we hail the mothership?

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    31. Michael,

      I wouldn’t be so sure. They can easily kill her character in next season or season 7. Nothing is certain and only characters like Daeny, Tyrion or Arya for me are sure to make it to the last season. With Mel no. I know you like her charcter, but nothing is sure here.

      Phil Necro,

      No, it’s impossible to say if that is Carice and this debate was here. I’m sceptical just because she was in LA around that time with Sophie, Alfie and others. The guy looks like Theon/Alfie Allen.

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    32. The Tattered Prince,

      They are both equally pretty, just in different ways, imo. I will say that going back to the first seasons Melisandre looks quite a bit different in the show now. Must just be the hair but if so it’s amazing how just hairstyle and color can change facial features.

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    33. The Tattered Prince,

      While on the subject I’m reminded of my changed impression of Ygritte. When we first met her I thought she was plain/average. Then it seemed they added some subtle makeup, I noticed it in the scene they had right before climbing the wall. And that’s when I thought hmm she really is very pretty, especially when she smiles. I guess paler people (myself included) need that little bit of color/enhancement or whatever to define features on film.

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    34. JCDavis: I am @LadyFionavar

      Truly? A fellow (sister) fan of Guy Gavriel Kay? He is one of my absolute favorite fantasy authors.

      Every time I attend a Seder and they say “Next year in Jerusalem” at the end, I have to fight the urge to add, “We will meet again in Fionavar.”

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