[Updated!] Game of Thrones season 6 filming at Magheramorne Quarry soon?

Magheramorne Quarry, during season 5 filming

Magheramorne Quarry, during season 5 filming

According to one of our sources, filming is (or soon will be) underway for Game of Thrones season 6 at Tollymore Forest Park in Co. Down, Northern Ireland.

We already knew that filming was expected to begin for the upcoming season around mid-July, so this news would seem to fit in with that report.

Our source noted that there are approximately forty trucks assembled at the location, ready for a shoot. Although ExtrasNI is closed until July 15th, it seems as though filming may still be going ahead. This could potentially indicate that the scene involves lead actors. Interestingly, the signs used to denote the filming site are pink, depicting the head of a fox. Florents, perhaps, or simply a throwaway image to dissuade all but the most observant fans?

This year, the showrunners are adding a lot of new locations to the long list of gorgeous vistas and cities they already use, but Tollymore is more familiar to us. It has been extensively used in the past, as Ramsay’s hunting grounds, the Haunted Forest north of the Wall, the woods where the Starks find the direwolves, and more.

UPDATE: WotW Reader Ali notes, “The fox pink signs are for the Ridley Scott ‘Morgan’ which has been filming around a number of areas in Northern Ireland for the last month. There are however pink GOT filming signs which have recently appeared outside Magheramorne Quarry so looks like filming is starting!”

Scenes at Magheramorne Quarry are generally for the Wall, so if this local report is correct, then there may be some Night’s Watch/Wall scenes filming soon. Last year, portions of Hardhome also were filmed at Magheramorne, as you can see in the behind-the-scenes pics in this post from last October.

Thanks for the report, Ali!

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    1. Maybe it has to do with Sansa and Theon? Based on what it’s been used for before it seems like it would be a “Northern” locale. If it’s just those two, there wouldn’t be a need for extras.

      Another slim possibility is Sam and Gilly while they’re en route to Oldtown. I say slim because it would make more sense to just show them arriving in Oldtown, unless something big happens on the way.

      The last guess I have is:

      Rickon finally turning up again. If it’s for a later episode, maybe Davos hears about Rickon being alive and goes to search for him, picking up with his book storyline.

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    2. Honestly, that could be anything with the right special effects added.

      My first feelings tended towards Deepwood Motte, the Wolfswood or to some BwoB-shenanigans in the Riverlands…could be used for all of them as much as I know.

      Looks beautiful, that is maybe the only thing I can say concerning this place which is confirmed…

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    3. They might be shooting Ramsay hunting Sansa and Theon. I’m sure he’ll go on a post-battle hunt with his hounds once he finds out they killed Myranda and escaped.

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    4. They’re going to film Rickon and his cannibalistic unicorns there. Assuming they’re giving those to the Umbers instead if the Skaagosi.

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    5. If shooting “is (or soon will be) underway” it can’t be the North, can it? They need some snow, unless they’re just going to enhance it digitally. And that would likely mean Sansa and Theon, and she, at least, was still in San Diego as of last night.

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    6. FYI, over on Game of Thrones Wiki I made a “Filming Locations” guide: http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Filming_locations

      It needs active updates, though. Plus it needs other refinements like maps and such.

      I, uh… made it when I realized that the ORIGINAL filming locations guide was lost with WICnet, the new guys weren’t updating it anymore either, and it was a good guide to have.

      I haven’t updated for Season 6, though.

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    7. Interestingly, the signs used to denote the filming site are pink, depicting the head of a fox.

      The fox pink signs are for the Ridley Scott ‘Morgan’ which has been filming around a number of areas in Northern Ireland for the last month. There are however pink GOT filming signs which have recently appeared outside Magheramorne Quarry so looks like filming is starting!

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    8. Shooting in the middle of summer with that much greenery?!

      Brotherhood without Banners, Lady Stoneheart, and Nymeria confirmed!

      Seriously though, this could be the woods around Horn Hill. Maybe a scene depicting Randall being really proud of what a good hunter Dickon is. Or just Sam and Gilly arriving.

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    9. It could be anything in the North or the Riverlands. We would all like it be a BWB hideout in the woods but it could end up being anything. It could be Ramsey hunting grounds after Sansa and Theon escape. It could be Deepwood Motte. It could be The Brienne and Poderick Woods Adventure Part 2. ( I hope not.)

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    10. Angela,

      Why not,their interaction so far has been better than anything in boring ass A Feast for Shit . And honestly do anyone gives a rats ass about the BWB at this point in the story,unless the Blackfish is with them i don’t see what purpose they would have that other characters can’t fill out that,they are so far nothing more than plot devices,in the books for LS and in the show for Jon most likely,other than that i never really found them interesting tbh .

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    11. Celentano:
      Angela,

      Why not,their interaction so far has been better than anything in boring ass A Feast for Shit . And honestly do anyone gives a rats ass about the BWB at this point in the story,unless the Blackfish is with them i don’t see what purpose they would have that other characters can’t fill out that,they are so far nothing more than plot devices,in the books for LS and in the show for Jon most likely,other than that i never really found them interesting tbh .

      I was hoping for that to happen. Blackfish joins the BWB since LSH is out. I guess I liked that side story more than others. A small tie up would be nice.

      I did like some of Brienne and Pod this year. They had some moments together. I just don’t want another year of wondering around. I hope she finds Sansa in those woods.The AFFC plot was way worse. I don’t want it to turn into that at all.

      Some are speculating that she will go to the Quiet Isle with Sansa as a safe drop off. We will then be introduced to the Elder Septon that is supposedly the reborn Hound. People want Cleganebowl that badly. We will have to endure that storyline so people can have that Internet rumor fulfilled.

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    12. Prediction: The Wall is coming down this season during one of Sapochnik’s episodes. Has he been sighted at these locations?

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    13. Yesss, yessss, Wall’s scenes! (Let’s hope so at least)
      So we’ll finally know THE TRUTH.

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    14. If the Wall comes down, then that will be the biggest Holy Crap moment ever. I think it will because the WW have to get South. The magic stops them.

      They show everything falling apart including the Night’s Watch. All the mutinies over the past seasons. The killing of their Lord Commanders twice. It all adds up to the Wall falling down. It is the break down of the brotherhood and the oaths. The faith of the people in the realm too.

      The viewpoint of the NW is terrible and they are seen as a joke. I think all those things keep the magic strong in the Wall. People stop believing in the NW and it will take down the Wall. When the threat comes it will be a test.

      Remember, Northern lords used to send their younger sons to NW. They weren’t going to inherit the lands. It was seen as a noble place for them to possibly get a good position in life. Maybe a commanding role as a ranger or something in that area. It is not that way anymore. I think that has consequences in this story.

      Sorry, a bunch of thoughts about that subject.

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    15. The Wall! It has something to do with this arc. I think that Sansa and Theon will go straight to Castle Black,but they’ll never make it there.Besides Battle of Blackwater Bay,it’s always the Wall stuff.

      Deesensfan,

      “Jon Snow is deader than dead.”

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    16. H.Stark:
      Liam says they have read through next week and they start shooting

      http://www.accesshollywood.com/liam-cunningham-talks-nerves-at-comic-con-and-got-season-6_video_2863737

      A read through next week and still no casting announcements might add to the speculation that the news blackout is in consideration of GRRM’s new book. They want him to have first dibs at spoiling future events. (Yes, also likely they haven’t cast everyone new yet).

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    17. H.Stark,

      Nice, thanks for the info!

      That should be the next period of leaks coming out of production and maybe we will even get a few new actor names? Hmm… So next week it’s time to start looking for what actors are in Belfast that might fit the new characters leaked…

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    18. So, who should I start Twitter stalking? Does James Purefoy have an account?

      He would make a great Euron Greyjoy. They love to pull actors from Rome.

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    19. Robb Snow:
      They might be shooting Ramsay hunting Sansa and Theon. I’m sure he’ll go on a post-battle hunt with his hounds once he finds out they killed Myranda and escaped.

      They’d be caught within a few hours at most in the real world. It’s not as if they can hide their tracks, and Ramsay is going to figure out she is gone literally minutes after they jumped, and he has few thousand horsemen to help in the hunt. And where would they go? Even a jetpack couldn’t get them to the wall fast enough to outrun Ramsay and his riders.

      I suppose either our new kingslayer is going to get some more mega-kills, or all of a sudden a whole bunch of anti-Bolton northmen are going to show up right outside of Winterfell…exactly in the right at the right time, of course.

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    20. Ashara Dayne: Totally agree. James Purefoy for Euron. Please.

      Yup. I wasn’t a fan of The Following but he was the only good thing about the show. I watched two seasons on Netflix Instant. He did well as the villain.

      Also, Rome.

      He can grow out his hair and maybe a beard. BAM! Euron. Right there.

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    21. I actually really enjoyed the first season of The Following. It did fall apart in the second and third seasons however, so I was unsurprised when it was cancelled. James Purefoy though was still excellent throughout, and it’s his portrayal of Joe Carroll that convinced me he’d make a great Euron.

      I’ll probably be content with whoever they pick though. Nina Gold and crew have an eye for talent, so I trust that they’ll choose the right actor for the part even if I personally can’t see them in it.

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    22. “How far from here to HAMMERHORN?”

      “Six leagues. You may ride pillion with me.”

      “One can ride faster than two. Give me your horse, and the Drowned God will bless you.”

      I always like the concept for Hammerhorn Castle w/ the massive stone qaurry & all the forges there. It’s never like to happen on HBO GoT though 🙁

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    23. TheTouchOfFrost:
      Angela,

      Watch the first 10 minutes of Solomon Kane and you’ll see just how good a Euron he’d be!

      http://www.estadao.com.br/fotos/SolomonKane_div292.jpg

      Or if you prefer those moving picture things!

      Done. That movie looks awesome. I’ll look for it on Netflix.

      I am already on Team Purefoy for Euron. That trailer shows he can handle fantasy and action material. We know he can play a villain from The Following. A good actor because of Rome and all the other stuff I have seen with him. The right age and look with his hair grown out. The Following was cancelled so he’s available as far as I know. Purefoy all the way.

      Watch them pick someone else. That would be my luck.

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    24. Robb Snow:
      I actually really enjoyed the first season of The Following. It did fall apart in the second and third seasons however, so I was unsurprised when it was cancelled. James Purefoy though was still excellent throughout, and it’s his portrayal of Joe Carroll that convinced me he’d make a great Euron.

      I’ll probably be content with whoever they pick though. Nina Gold and crew have an eye for talent, so I trust that they’ll choose the right actor for the part even if I personally can’t see them in it.

      Sure. They have picked good people so far. It is just fun to pick out your personal favorite and see the results. Light hearted fun. It won’t be a big deal if they cast someone else.

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    25. Chad Brick: They’d be caught within a few hours at most in the real world. It’s not as if they can hide their tracks, and Ramsay is going to figure out she is gone literally minutes after they jumped, and he has few thousand horsemen to help in the hunt. And where would they go? Even a jetpack couldn’t get them to the wall fast enough to outrun Ramsay and his riders.

      I suppose either our new kingslayer is going to get some more mega-kills, or all of a sudden a whole bunch of anti-Bolton northmen are going to show up right outside of Winterfell…exactly in the right at the right time, of course.

      The only thing I can think of that might give them a bit of a head start is if Ramsay assumes they’re hiding somewhere inside Winterfell because all the gates were guarded. Jumping off the wall might be unexpected enough that he could waste some time searching the castle before looking for tracks outside. If Podrick saw them fall, and went to help them (while the Bolton guards were distracted searching inside the castle), they might be able to rejoin Brienne (after she finishes her kingslaying) and cover some distance before a hunt began.

      I still think Ramsay would find them pretty quickly, but if he wasn’t expecting any opposition he might not bring many men with him, and if he was far enough from Winterfell to not get immediate reinforcements, Brienne would have a decent chance at taking him out.

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    26. Angela,

      I really enjoyed it!

      I think he’s got the pedigree to nail it. Can look intimidating but also has a kind of dangerous yet handsome look about him that screams Euron. If not him then either Gary Stretch or James Callis.
      To be honest, if any of them get it then I’d be over the moon but I’m fully prepared for it to be someone else completely.

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    27. TheTouchOfFrost:
      Angela,

      I really enjoyed it!

      I think he’s got the pedigree to nail it. Can look intimidating but also has a kind of dangerous yet handsome look about him that screams Euron. If not him then either Gary Stretch or James Callis.To be honest, if any of them get it then I’d be over the moon but I’m fully prepared for it to be someone else completely.

      He has a Twitter account. I am following him now. Let the Twitter stalking begin!

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    28. Ravyn: I’m curious to see his episodes of True Detective. The new season has been so godawful its actually becoming entertaining.

      OT: Director Jeremy Podeswa (who did two S5 eps and will do two S6 eps) churned out a decent TD episode tonight. The final 10 minutes was chaotic. Finally, this TD season, although dreadfully complicated, is starting to kick into gear.

      I liked the comment about Ray having “many lives.” 🙂

      Sapochnik should thrive with his TD episode.

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    29. Chad Brick,

      And how did Jeyne and Theon just happened to meet Stannis’s army by change in the books then ? Oh wait i forgot,we can’t criticise the books for sloppy writing,it’s the darn showrunners fault all the time of course .

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    30. Celentano:
      Chad Brick,

      And how did Jeyne and Theon just happened to meet Stannis’s army by change in the books then ? Oh wait i forgot,we can’t criticise the books for sloppy writing,it’s the darn showrunners fault all the time of course .

      The happened to meet Stannis’s army because they were found by Mors Umber, a Stannis-aligned northman who (along with his men) were camped outside of Winterfell, trying to bait the Boltons and their forces out.

      No “sloppy writing” or deux ex at all. In the books, Theon et al are found by those who hold the territory. On TV, the Boltons do, so how is this supposed to work? Somebody has to show up and magically whisk them away faster than Ramsay’s hounds can track them.

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    31. Casso: The only thing I can think of that might give them a bit of a head start is if Ramsay assumes they’re hiding somewhere inside Winterfell because all the gates were guarded.

      Ramsay doesn’t need to assume anything. He’s got thousands of men at his disposal and can check every possibility. Since “outside” is a bigger risk to him than “inside”, there’s no way he wouldn’t check the former faster and harder. 50 men search inside, and 4950 search outside, with their hounds and horses.

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    32. Angela,

      When is it filming? He’s also supposed to have signed on for a new TV show recently.

      It’s not looking too swell for us Purefoy fans I guess. :/

      Mads’ schedule is pretty free though… hmm.

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    33. Robb Snow:
      Angela,

      When is it filming? He’s also supposed to have signed on for a new TV show recently.

      It’s not looking too swell for us Purefoy fans I guess. :/

      Mads’ schedule is pretty free though… hmm.

      The variety article doesn’t have a date of filming. His tweet says “This is what’s up next.” It could be starting pretty soon since he is tweeting about the movie. Unless it is a small role and he can make GOT filming later in the fall. That is probably the only chance. The article says he just finished filming a show for Sundance channel. I don’t know. He may not be free anymore. We won’t know. I was pulling for him because The Following was cancelled. Oh well.

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    34. Angela,

      I saw this article from May 18 that states Equity begins filming “next month”… also that they hope to screen it at Sundance in January.

      I assume it’s well into pre-production and maybe even has started filming scenes. Unless Euron’s scenes are closer to the end of the GOT production season than to the beginning I think you’re right, he could very well be busy. Even if it is a short production schedule and Purefoy has a smaller part he could be busy for a while.

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    35. Drat! I’d have loved to have seem him play Euron. He’ll surely be in the first one and I expect they shoot them in order (unless they shoot concurrently, using all directors all the time! Wouldn’t fancy organizing that schedule). If so there’s no way he’ll be available.

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    36. I can’t remember which thread it was in that someone suggested watching Sky Atlantic’s Thronecast for information on the show/interviews with cast members etc, but most (if not all) are on YouTube. Later episodes are up by SkyAtlantic but earlier episodes aren’t. However, a user called stevethepirate78 has uploaded episodes from Season 1 which are barely 10 minutes long. Interesting watch. Elio and Linda are there singing its praises. Notice they weren’t featured in Seasons 4&5, probably due to increasing criticism, or maybe they chose not. There’s probably an explanation on westeros.org, but reading through all that would take longer than reading the books.

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    37. Chad Brick: Ramsay doesn’t need to assume anything. He’s got thousands of men at his disposal and can check every possibility.

      One can only investigate ideas that one assumes to be possible. If he does not consider the idea that they escaped the way that they did, then he would be very slow to pick up the trail. Despite your portrayal, the Bolton’s resources are finite: and Roose will force Ramsay to concentrate resources on solutions that seem probable first. Intelligent people invest their resources on probable outcomes first, and focus on less probable ones only after the probable ones prove fruitless.

      Roose in particular will make the sensible guess that Sansa and Theon know where to hide in Winterfell: after all, both grew up there, and both know much more about Winterfell’s secrets than do the Bolton’s. Ramsay will be convinced that the surviving locals know where they might be, and have a jolly good time flaying them in order to learn the truth. Once they realize that Theon and Sansa must have somehow fled the castle, it will be much too late: another storm will have come (Winter is coming, after all), and any trail will be long since obliterated. My guess is that we’ll get something like the Pink Letter then, when Ramsay concludes that they must have fled to the Wall.

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    38. Darquemode:
      Angela,

      I saw this article from May 18 that states Equity begins filming “next month”… also that they hope to screen it at Sundance in January.

      I assume it’s well into pre-production and maybe even has started filming scenes. Unless Euron’s scenes are closer to the end of the GOT production season than to the beginning I think you’re right, he could very well be busy. Even if it is a short production schedule and Purefoy has a smaller part he could be busy for a while.

      That is exactly what I thought when I saw that tweet. Unless it is only a few weeks of filming, then it won’t be in time for GOT. He looks unavailable for Euron. Too bad.

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    39. Ashara Dayne:
      Drat! I’d have loved to have seem him play Euron. He’ll surely be in the first one and I expect they shoot them in order (unless they shoot concurrently, using all directors all the time! Wouldn’t fancy organizing that schedule). If so there’s no way he’ll be available.

      That is why it is unlikely he will be cast. They are going to introduce Euron at the beginning of the season.

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    40. Angela,

      GoT filming does seem pretty condensed though so who knows he might be able to squeeze it in. Think I’m the only person who really isn’t keen on Mads as Euron!

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    41. Chad Brick: The happened to meet Stannis’s army because they were found by Mors Umber, a Stannis-aligned northman who (along with his men) were camped outside of Winterfell, trying to bait the Boltons and their forces out.

      No “sloppy writing” or deux ex at all. In the books, Theon et al are found by those who hold the territory. On TV, the Boltons do, so how is this supposed to work? Somebody has to show up and magically whisk them away faster than Ramsay’s hounds can track them.

      Or (and I know this is a long shot), I think the show has made a point of establishing that Theon (or more properly, Reek) was, for many intents and purposes, one of the hounds. Wasn’t he actually living in the kennels with them when Ramseys girlfriend sent Sansa to find him or something like that? Maybe Theon will be able to turn or at least delay the hounds.

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    42. TheTouchOfFrost:
      Angela,

      GoT filming does seem pretty condensed though so who knows he might be able to squeeze it in. Think I’m the only person who really isn’t keen on Mads as Euron!

      We won’t know. I am hoping that he can squeeze in the filming in October. That is the only shot at him being Euron. I will take that small shot. D&D love Rome so much that I though it would a good chance Euron would come from that cast. Ray Stevenson is busy with Black Sails and that was my other pick from the Rome cast. It will be fine if they pick someone else.

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    43. TheTouchOfFrost:
      Angela,

      Purefoy and Stevenson would have been a great Euron and Victarion!

      We don’t know if they are including Victarion in Season 6. He might be cut so I thought Ray could do Randyll Tarly. James as Euron and Ray as Tarly. Ray Stevenson would also make a good Victarion.

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    44. “One can only investigate ideas that one assumes to be possible. If he does not consider the idea that they escaped the way that they did, then he would be very slow to pick up the trail. Despite your portrayal, the Bolton’s resources are finite: and Roose will force Ramsay to concentrate resources on solutions that seem probable first. Intelligent people invest their resources on probable outcomes first, and focus on less probable ones only after the probable ones prove fruitless”

      It should be obvious that they could have either jumped or climbed down, or that one or both of them knew of a secret exit of some sort. It should be equally obvious that there could be pro-Stark traitors within or near Winterfell who may have aided them. Yes, several thousand men is “finite” but it is also a very large number of people. Winterfell is not particularly big (maybe twenty acres?) and you wouldn’t need more than a few dozen men to search it. Additionally, if they are just hiding inside the castle, Ramsay has less to worry about because they aren’t going anywhere.

      Intelligent people do NOT invest their resources in the most probable outcome first, if

      1: The most probable outcome is low risk, and the less probable outcome is high risk

      and/or

      2: They have far more resources at their disposal than can fruitfully be used to address the probable outcome

      Both are true in the case of the Boltons.

      ……………………….

      I’m gonna be really annoyed if Brienne finds them. It is entirely illogical for Sansa and Theon to head in the direction of the battle. They’d be going the other way for sure! And why would Brienne, in the middle of the war zone, decide to randomly take a jaunt around the castle rather than trying to get herself out of extreme danger she placed herself in?

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    45. I’m honestly loving the second Season of True Detective. IDK why so many people dislike it yet not the first? Must be hip to say you like season 1. Anyways, Sapochnik’s episodes will be amazing.

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    46. Chad Brick:
      “One can only investigate ideas that one assumes to be possible. If he does not consider the idea that they escaped the way that they did, then he would be very slow to pick up the trail. Despite your portrayal, the Bolton’s resources are finite: and Roose will force Ramsay to concentrate resources on solutions that seem probable first. Intelligent people invest their resources on probable outcomes first, and focus on less probable ones only after the probable ones prove fruitless”

      It should be obvious that they could have either jumped or climbed down, or that one or both of them knew of a secret exit of some sort. It should be equally obvious that there could be pro-Stark traitors within or near Winterfell who may have aided them. Yes, several thousand men is “finite” but it is also a very large number of people. Winterfell is not particularly big (maybe twenty acres?) and you wouldn’t need more than a few dozen men to search it. Additionally, if they are just hiding inside the castle, Ramsay has less to worry about because they aren’t going anywhere.

      Intelligent people do NOT invest their resources in the most probable outcome first, if

      1: The most probable outcome is low risk, and the less probable outcome is high risk

      and/or

      2: They have far more resources at their disposal than can fruitfully be used to address the probable outcome

      Both are true in the case of the Boltons.

      ……………………….

      I’m gonna be really annoyed if Brienne finds them. It is entirely illogical for Sansa and Theon to head in the direction of the battle. They’d be going the other way for sure! And why would Brienne, in the middle of the war zone, decide to randomly take a jaunt around the castle rather than trying to get herself out of extreme danger she placed herself in?

      Well, get ready to get pissed off. They going to do something with Brienne and Pod in the North for next season.

      Sansa replaced Jeyne Poole from the books. Without the Stannis camp, Brienne is the only rescue candidate. It is being set up like that in the show. There is no one else in the area to help them out. It is going to be Brienne.

      Sorry.

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    47. The Onion Knight,

      I do think there is a very different feel to the season since last year had more extroverted characters that had hidden damage and this year has more obviously damaged characters who are more anti-social.

      That said, I’m also enjoying Season 2 even without the brilliant performances of Harelson and McConaughey.

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    48. Angela: Well, get ready to get pissed off. They going to do something with Brienne and Pod in the North for next season.

      Sorry.

      I’m pretty much used to it for this entire plot line. It was irrational on multiple fronts from its conception, and hasn’t relented. It has also ruined two important book characters (Stannis and Brienne) and thrown in a pile of deus ex machina to boot.

      And what would Brienne do if she found Sansa and Theon anyway? Cut down Ramsay, his hounds, and the entire Bolton army? The Hound was completely correct about Brienne – she has no clue what “safety” even is.

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    49. Chad Brick: I’m pretty much used to it for this entire plot line. It was irrational on multiple fronts from its conception, and hasn’t relented. It has also ruined two important book characters (Stannis and Brienne) and thrown in a pile of deus ex machina to boot.

      And what would Brienne do if she found Sansa and Theon anyway? Cut down Ramsay, his hounds, and the entire Bolton army? The Hound was completely correct about Brienne – she has no clue what “safety” even is.

      That’s probably close to what is going to happen. The “safety” location candidates are the Wall, the west coast to a ship far away, maybe White Harbor, Quiet Isle (that stupid Cleganebowl thing), possibly the Iron Islands, and other places I can’t think of right now.

      As for the story line, this is how they are setting it up from last season. They sent Brienne North instead of doing her book route. Brienne just happens to be there near Winterfell during the Battle and Sansa just escaped. It looks like they are heading towards each other. I am just looking at things more simply because Brienne is in the area.

      There is no one else to help them out. I feel this is how it is going to play out. Not every story line is going to be super complicated. This is a total surface story line.. Brienne is in the North and Sansa is in the North. Brienne saves Sansa when she escapes Winterfell. It just seems obvious to me where they are going with Brienne’s Northern story line.

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    50. \ I can’t think of anyone else who would help them out. It just seems the only way to go is Brienne killing all the Boltons to save Sansa.

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    51. They cut everybody else out who could help Sansa and Theon. The result is the situation we are in where this is the only outcome. There is a thing called too much cutting to the point where you only have one card to play. It might hurt the arc. I am not opposed to every change. Most of them are fine but cutting out every Northern lord wasn’t that great of an idea. I hope they show up next year.

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    52. Angela,

      The Northern Lords are not story elements in themselves: it should be easy enough to replicate whatever they contribute to the plot. Alternatively, some can be introduced once they become relevant to the plots behind the story being told that season. It would be bad TV to introduce them earlier than that.

      My suspicion is that much of the Northern plot will (as well as the Riverlands and Iron Islands plots) will prove to be gratuitous world-building. Little (if any) of it is affecting the evolution of the major protagonists, after all.

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