We have a mixed bag of news for readers today! Let’s get right to it.
Based on the observations of this local, it appears that Game of Thrones is now filming season five around the Mournes. The show has filmed in the Mournes several times over the past few years, most notably when Daenerys enters Vaes Dothrak in season 1, and last year’s scene when Arya and the Hound encounter a Riverlands farmer and his young daughter.
Game Of Thrones fan? They’ll be filming in the Mournes tomorrow if you want to catch a glimpse. pic.twitter.com/5bWpUtJ862
— Paul Wyatt (@PaulWyatt94) August 12, 2014
In other Game of Thrones news:
- Titanic Quarter has been granted approval for their plans to extend their Belfast studios. TQ is home to Paint Hall, where Game of Thrones films much of every season. The £14m studio expansion was proposed last year, and will almost double the existing space. The BBC reports that Game of Thrones is causing the demand for additional space in the city. They also note that the expansion will have some environmentally-friendly technology including roof-mounted solar panels.
- In discussing Diana Rigg‘s stage work in No Turn Unstoned at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the actress talks Game of Thrones, and there’s indication that we’ll see Olenna Tyrell in the fifth season. The Festival writer notes when sharing the dame’s love of gaming on breaks, “Once the Fringe is behind her, she’ll be heading to Dubrovnik for more filming, as well as passing on some crucial down-time skills to her younger co-stars.” Rigg caps off the interview by saying, “I’m really grateful for Game of Thrones. It’s something wonderful to happen to an actress of my age and Dubrovnik is astonishingly beautiful.“ No Turn Unstoned runs through August 23rd.
- George R.R. Martin appeared on BBC Radio’s Front Row yesterday, discussing his inspirations for A Song of Ice and Fire. The complete interview is now available online for listening.