Filming begins in Magilligan and Moneyglass; “Northern Lord” still not cast

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Filming will soon be underway in the Magilligan/Binevenagh region, Co. Derry, for Game of Thrones season 6.

The Northern Irish location was also used last season for Daenerys’ final scene with Drogon and the Dothraki, as far as we can tell. The Derry Journal reports that filming will take place on Binevenagh Mountain on Saturday July 25th, and the crew will depart the location on Monday.

We also know that the filming in the area involves horses, which makes this potentially being a continuation of Dany’s Dothraki finale even more likely.

Moneyglass also looks like it is being reused for location shooting, according to the below tweet.

The Antrim townland was used last season to house the new Winterfell set. It is likely that it is being used for the same purpose this time around.

In other news, it seems as though one of the roles we exclusively broke last month has still not been cast. Our sources have given us more info on the “Lord of Noble Northern House” role, which has surfaced in a renewed casting call. The essentials of the updated character description are highlighted below:

Lord of Noble Northern House: (Aged 25 – 40).

  • He is a “big tall crazy Hell’s Angel type of character“, who must be well over 6 feet tall, or at the very least 180cm.
  • He is a savage warrior who rules a powerful and distinguished house in the very far north.
  • He is a bear of a man with a beard and temper to match, with a hatred that runs deep.
  • He must have a “BIG powerful physique”, and must tower over other cast members.
  • He is known to be violent.
  • He has a very dry wit and an element of swagger to him.
  • He is “pretty spectacular on the battlefield”.

In addition to the above information, the filming dates for the character are between August 17th and October 9th. The actor must also be white.

Cian: Everything about this character screams Umber. The age is the only confusing part, however. If they were recasting the Greatjon, the actor would surely have to be older. The Smalljon, or another son, perhaps? What do you think?

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    1. Maybe the show is going say the greatjon was killed at the red wedding, and this is his son or younger brother depending on who they cast?

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    2. I hope they wouldn’t recast Greatjon when they had the excellent and memorable Clive Mantle. Hopefully it’s one of his sons.

      TheNamesPlissken:
      Maybe the show is going say the greatjon was killed at the red wedding, and this is his son or younger brother depending on who they cast?

      Cogman has said on Twitter that Greatjon is alive and his absence explained in the S2 supplemental materials.

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    3. Has to be an Umber. Either Greatjon or Smalljon. We know that Rickon and Osha went to the Last Hearth so it’s pretty obvious lol.

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    4. I’m not surprised they’re having trouble finding someone, asking those types of physical requirements–extremely tall, powerful physique (as opposed to lean like Ian Whyte) from an actor (as opposed to a stuntman type). Seems like a tall order (sorry).

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    5. Yeah, this has to be an Umber. But what I’m wondering is, did the ‘2 episodes’-criterium disappear from the casting call? Because that means this role can be even bigger than we thought.

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    6. Sam the Slayer,

      It’s not mentioned. But it’s also possible it’s the same so they didn’t bother. They don’t always include the episode amount in the casting breakdowns.

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    7. Ray Stevenson fits most of those requirements. He’s tall, powerfully built and used to swinging a sword. True he is a little older than they are asking for, but on the plus side he lived from the age of eight in Newcastle and then Northumbria so the requisite Northern English accent will be no problem to him.

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    8. Filming in Magilligan/Binevanagh region is very quick, so Daenerys and the Dothraki depart the area quickly. Of course, a TON of CGI work will have to be done later, for Drogon. I guess no Jorah and Daario discovering the ring.

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    9. I’d put my money on Sidewaysjon but then I can’t rule out Underjon either. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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    10. M,

      If they’re having that much trouble casting the part, then they should just suck it up and get Clive Mantle back to play the Greatjon. It would provide a bit more continuity and it’d honestly be kinda nice to see the character back after five seasons.

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    11. Now I wish there were a show called Magilligan and Moneyglass, about an Irish pair of private investigators (who could not be more different from one another) and their wacky hijinks.

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    12. Robb Snow:
      M,

      If they’re having that much trouble casting the part, then they should just suck it up and get Clive Mantle back to play the Greatjon. It would provide a bit more continuity and it’d honestly be kinda nice to see the character back after five seasons.

      OK, can someone remind me who this guy is and what episode, what season? I have no recollection of this character whatsoever, and I’m pretty much a nut for the show.

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    13. Darkgreenblue:
      Now I wish there were a show called Magilligan and Moneyglass, about an Irish pair of private investigators (who could not be more different from one another) and their wacky hijinks.

      Or…Magilligans Island, about….well most everyone would know the rest……a three hour tour…..

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    14. So this AWESOME Hells Angels type Northern lord only appears in 2 episodes????

      I bet Gilly and her ungrowing whelp will be in ATLEAST 6 episodes and have more screentime than Sansa….

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    15. Ravyn: OK, can someone remind me who this guy is and what episode, what season? I have no recollection of this character whatsoever, and I’m pretty much a nut for the show.

      Never mind. I will show myself to the door now.

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    16. Ravyn: OK, can someone remind me who this guy is and what episode, what season? I have no recollection of this character whatsoever, and I’m pretty much a nut for the show.

      Season 1, the last three episodes or so. “Your meat… is bloody tough!”

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    17. Valaquen:
      I hope they wouldn’t recast Greatjon when they had the excellent and memorable Clive Mantle. Hopefully it’s one of his sons.

      Cogman has said on Twitter that Greatjon is alive and his absence explained in the S2 supplemental materials.

      What materials? DVD extras?
      My season 2 extras keep freezing????

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    18. I was wondering, is this the only role among that list that has still not been cast? So, does it mean they already have all the other characters such the pirate, the septon etc?

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    19. One of my tweets actually made it onto WotW!

      Could bet my life it’s Dany and Dothraki. They could be leaving Monday evening, might cram three days of filming. I don’t think Dany would have dropped her ring for nothing and for it to never be picked up on. Two days for Dany and the Dothraki and half a day literally for Jorah and Dario stumbling upon it.

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    20. My first thought was a re-cast Greatjon as well..
      That would make me sad since Clive Mantle was so perfect in the role!

      Maybe it is the Smalljon though since the age fits better or perhaps even an age tweaked Mors Umber? Mors wore that bear pelt cloak and the “bear of a man” quote has turned up in every leak regarding the role so far…..

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    21. If they can’t find anybody for the role, they should just get the guy that plays Tormund, die his hair a bit, give slightly different clothes/armour and voila!

      Unless of course they have to appear in a scene or two together. 🙂

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    22. They should be looking for a Nordic actor for the role of “Northern Lord”. I can think of a couple who are comfortably over 6 feet tall, rough looking and have played rough roles (really, even bikers). Many of the ones I’m thinking about are bit on a mature side for this, but have even appeared as convincing henchmen of the main villain in Hollywood blockbusters.

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    23. Knew it was Umber. Probably Smalljon or some show equivalent. Hopefully they bring back the Greatjon as well (without recasting!). Either way, I expect Theon and Sansa to go to him, and him to give Manderly’s speech before revealing some Rickon related stuff

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    24. who must be well over 6 feet tall, or at the very least 180cm.

      They should just have added: Must be taller than Sophie Turner.

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    25. Tom Hopper who played Percival in “Merline” is pretty tall – he’s from Leicestershire rather than the far north and I have a feeling he may be busy in “Black Sails” (which I haven’t seen).

      Talvivaara,

      Thinking of Nordic actors – but they might be “mature” the three actors who played the policemen who weren’t Heljm in “Mysterioso” (called “Arne Dahl” in the UK) are all tall chaps.

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    26. To be honest, I only care about Dany’s story arch but summer and until april is just a rollercoster ride of EPIC look out for the sets and its just so damn exciting!

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    27. H.Stark: So much secrecy about casting this year, only 3 minor characters. :S

      Maybe there’s not a lot of new cast this year! After all, it’s season 6, it’s near the end of the show and we already have a lot of characters, and lots of missing characters to come back too…

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    28. Leo,

      I personally have considered Mors, but the age range of 25-40 throws me off. I think Mors is decades older… Of course they could age down the role since The Greatjon could have a younger uncle.

      If they do cast Mors and keep him older I would love to see John Saint Ryan in the role!

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    29. Turncloak,

      That’s ultimately non-canon until it’s brought into the show itself, though. For all we know, plans changed between when he said that and now. Maybe they wanted to bring the Greatjon back for this season, but either they changed their minds or the actor didn’t want to come back, and so we’re getting the Smalljon/whoever instead.

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    30. Laura,

      Who dies before 20? Brandon doesn’t die in the books, he ends up meeting up with the Children of the Forest. Or was there an extra online chapter I missed? I’m confused.

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    31. anon:
      Laura,

      Who dies before 20?Brandon doesn’t die in the books, he ends up meeting up with theChildren of the Forest.Or was there an extra online chapter I missed?I’m confused.

      Brandon, as in Ned’s older brother.

      Regarding the casting call, I wonder if they’re looking at any actors from Sons of Anarchy. I know they don’t tend to cast Americans, but Charlie Humnan is 6’1″ and British. If they looked at Americans, the guy who played Opie is a few inches taller than Humnan.

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    32. Laura: He was the guy who got his fingers bit off by Grey Wind and then laughed about it. How could you forget? He was the one who said Robb “was the only king I mean to bend my knee to – THE KING IN THE NORTH!”

      Thanks. For some bizarre reason, I thought that was the obnoxious Karstarck guy who got beheaded in Season 3.

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    33. phantomstrife:
      Have they started filming The Wall arc already? Because umm
      https://instagram.com/p/5h-5phmrv_/?taken-by=toots1708
      It appears Kit has had his hair cut a bit.

      That short hair is worrying. But maybe that is the point. Maybe it’s to fool people by saying “Yes, Kit is in Belfast, we filmed what happens to his body, but he’s filmed that now and look! the hair Kit hates is gone and Jon Snow has gone with it”, but really it means that after being resurrected, Jon Snow doesn’t want to be the pretty crow anymore. I’m not buying it, HBO, you hear me?!

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    34. Strange they’re not using the Greatjon in the role as Mantle made him very memorable! Unless they have other plans for him.
      The Smalljon was killed at the Red Wedding but as he’s not been introduced in the show it could work although not sure why they don’t seem to be going for Mors Umber.
      Could be hard to cast. Personally, I’d look to the world of Strongmen again and one guys sticks out in particular especially when they say “bear of a man”. Britain’s Strongest Man, Eddie Hall. He has an incredibly distinctive look and has a ton of charisma. He’s about 6’3 which isn’t gigantic but with Clive Mantle being 6’5 his Smalljon nickname would make sense but also the irony of the name will be more pronounced because of how huge he is! Being from Stoke then his accent would sound suitably northern enough for the majority of viewers. Wil keep my fingers crossed as I think he’d be perfect! Lo and behold!

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    35. Nymeria Warrior Queen: Brandon, as in Ned’s older brother.

      Regarding the casting call, I wonder if they’re looking at any actors from Sons of Anarchy.I know they don’t tend to cast Americans, but Charlie Humnan is 6’1″ and British.If they looked at Americans, the guy who played Opie is a few inches taller than Humnan.

      Got it. Thanks! Too much time has passed since I read the books, I suppose. I should reread them.

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    36. Could it be Cley Cerywn? He would be pretty pissed about his family getting flayed by Ramsay, not to mention they pretty much told Roose to fuck off before that even happened. Castle Cerywin is pretty close to Winterfell, so Sansa could go there.

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    37. I hope they bring the original Umber guy back, great actor! That was one of the first instances that GOT pissed me off when he disappeared in season 2 without any explanation at all even though he had a very memorable presence at the end of S1!

      No more recasting!
      Bring Riverlands back too,

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    38. Can’t wait for filming leaks, and spy reports; which I look forward to this time of year and into the holidays.
      BTW: Kit seems adamant, and Emilia has gone on record and said Jon won’t be resurrected period. Question, could L have given birth to twins? Do the books have hidden references to this possibility? If so, where would the sibling have been raised, Starfall, as an example. Perhaps Darkstar, he is the same age as Jon if I remember correctly.

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    39. tyjon,

      Ooh, like Star Wars? Not sure if it’s more likely to cause death after birth (I have to say the Star Wars death was ludicrous, no-one dies just from losing the will to live), certainly the babies are more vulnerable.
      I didn’t notice any hints, but I’ve only read the books once.

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    40. Jon Snow will be resuurected by Mel. Don’t trust a word the show puts out at the moment with regard to the character.

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    41. This one’s a bit out of left field for the northern Lord but it could work. Harley Morenstein from Epic Meal Time. Reading the character description, he just popped out. He’s Canadian but those big lumberjack Canadians could be a perfect candidate for the “bear of a man” Umbers.

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    42. GoTstan,

      May I ask why we need to step up our street signs? There are permanent place name signs as shown in the above pictures together with temporary signs pointing to where the GoT filming is taking place? This comment has me confused…

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    43. Almost certainly an Umber but don’t disregard completely a Glover that fits in with a Greyjoy Deepwood Motte storyline. Also who cares about Jon Snow bring back Stannis

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    44. tyjon,

      I think they’re going to reserect Jon no matter what they’re trying to put out there. It’s not that I loved the Jon Snow character I just think he’s too pivotal to the books to be left out. I also think we will eventually see lady stoneheart.

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