We have confirmation this week that Game of Thrones has returned to Shane’s Castle in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, for season 6 filming. The Shane’s Castle property has hosted GoT in previous seasons, with its ruined stones and grassy fields proving a perfect backdrop for the show. No actors have been sighted yet but we do have a few ideas as to what the set could be- and has been- used for, on Game of Thrones.
Luckily, WotW reader Kieran happened to be visiting the area recently, happened upon this spot when security wasn’t around, and ducked inside to snap a few photos to share with WatchersOnTheWall.
Inside, Kieran found something familiar from season 5:
The altar with seven-pointed stars is from the High Sparrow-centered scenes with Cersei this year.
The arched ceilings and doorways of the cellar are also very familiar:
Compare to:Though our exclusive photos from Kieran were taken more than a week ago, visitors were still running into Game of Thrones crews at Shane’s Castle just yesterday. Here are a few photos posted by a different fan on Instagram, who encountered some noise from production:
Again #gameofthrones #filming #season6 #snopping #shanescastle #antrim A photo posted by vicky henry (@vickyh83) on
It’s unclear if they’re only using the area for the Faith-related story or if all the activity going on at Shane’s Castle involves more changing of the sets. The cellars at the castle have also played the role of Winterfell’s crypts in prior seasons and it could be playing the part again. They hardly would have left the seven-pointed star setpiece lying around all year at Shane’s Castle so most likely they’re filming more scenes involving the Faith (it helps that Jonathan Pryce was seen in Belfast recently). However we can’t rule out the cellars being used for more crypt scenes eventually, as well.
Thanks once again to Kieran for submitting the photos!