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!