Cersei’s Red Keep in construction in Belfast for next Game of Thrones Season 8 shoot!

King's Landing Red Keep (North) 4x08

The King’s Landing set, where one of season eight’s largest setpieces will take place, has long been defined by its city walls, which open to a long avenue… which in turn didn’t seem to lead anywhere but open space. That changed two weeks ago, when the street was closed off on the other end by a rampart, lower than the outer wall but more ornate. Today we learned what this wall is, and to where the street leads: the Red Keep!

Ever since this wall was painted stark red a few days ago, its primary coloring has tricked some into thinking it was nothing but an unconventionally tinted green screen (a strange deduction, given that the wall always bore crenellations, windows, and a gate.) Now, thanks to A Red Priestess, we can confirm the primary red color was just a first coat of paint so that the rampart would eventually resemble the Red Keep we know and love:

The Red Keep wall is located on the opposite side of the set to the city walls. Photo: A Red Priestess

The Red Keep wall is located on one end of the set, opposite the city walls. Photo: A Red Priestess

The wall is being detailed after a first red coat of paint. Photo: A Red Priestess

First painted red, the rampart will now be patterned with stonework. Photo: A Red Priestess

‘So what?’, you may ask. ‘Isn’t this a pretty small addition in the context of such a gigantic set?’ Sure. But it may actually help us a great deal in pinpointing where this street is located within the capital, and perhaps even what will take place on it. We can now conclude the breach of King’s Landing will take place on one of the gates closest to the Red Keep. According to the books, that would likely identify it as the Iron Gate, though the Dragon Gate is not much further and seems more thematically appropriate.

When Cersei’s enemies—be it Targaryens, White Walkers, or both—storm the walls and breach the gate, do you think they will make it to the Red Keep? That long street wouldn’t have been built if it wasn’t going to be put to good use, so one must imagine we’ll see fierce fighting from the gate to the Red Keep rampart. Will they make it?

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    1. If they build it…drama will come. Probably something very exciting, dramatic and possibly prolonged will happen there.

      Well done, Dolorous Methusalah. Don’t get used to it. Watchers are very alert and someone usually posts just after an article appears 🙂

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    2. Firannion,

      King’s Landing is made of stone and wood. The set is made of scaffolding and plaster-work. They won’t actually burn the set, even if they burn King’s Landing in the narrative, because it wouldn’t look right. And it’s been reported they may keep the set after filming, for future projects and for tourists.

      That said, if some of King’s Landing is going up in flames during this sequence, I’m sure we’ll see pyrotechnics, as well as more lighting rigs than usual.

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    3. Luka Nieto,

      Sorry Luka, it’s stopped raining and the sun has come out in the Uk so it’s obviously gone to my head! I’m a bit confused where we are talking about 🤔

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    4. Luka Nieto,

      Pyrotechnics!!! That’s music to my ears. (Well, candy for my eyes.)

      I think that around the beginning of 2019 it will be time for me to invest in a huge, high-def, state of the art TV – whatever the state of the art happens to be next year.

      I’ve learned – from watching clips on my iPhone with reading (magnifying) glasses – that I’ve missed so much detail and brilliant cinematography by watching episodes on a “standard” TV. Particularly since

      it appears that there will be lots of nighttime scenes

      in S8, I do not want to miss a thing! I’d be disappointed if

      there’s a scene of a warrior drawing a burning sword from a fire and I’m unable to tell that it’s Sandor Clegane wielding Lightbringer.

      🙂

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    5. Ketlan,

      I know right? Although once shooting ends, the chance of spoilers getting out (apart from script leaks) diminishes I would think. So we’ve only got to get through these next two months or so without any major filming leaks and then we can hopefully look forward to a relatively spoiler-free S8.

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    6. A long street leading from the wall to the Red Keep? The obvious thing if you knew an army of wights was coming and might breach the gate would be to line all the buildings along that street with wildfire on both sides, try to lure them into the street and set it off. Of course you’d have to take some precautions to make sure the fire didn’t spread.

      Either that, or herd the army of the dead into flea bottom and take them out by serving them bowls o brown. 🙂

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    7. Enharmony1625:
      Ketlan,

      I know right? Although once shooting ends, the chance of spoilers getting out (apart from script leaks) diminishes I would think. So we’ve only got to get through these next two months or so without any major filming leaks and then we can hopefully look forward to a relatively spoiler-free S8.

      Yes was thinking the same, if we get through the next two months of filming any leaks after that probably will not gain traction because nobody will know if they are true. Perhaps optimistic thinking from my side but I highly doubt if the S7 leaks would have been believed or shared so much if they were not backed up by filming evidence.

      As for what happens in Kings Landing I have no idea all we have to go on is the filming photos from Croatia which makes me think it’s a last stand either by Cersei or King Jon/Team Targ.

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