Game of Thrones stars returning to Belfast, including a wicked character

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Belfast is busy this week with Game of Thrones stars shuffling in and out of the city as season 6 filming rolls on. Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and more have been spotted in the city in just the last couple days.

Maisie Williams is back in town and going blind! Luckily she has Sophie Turner to keep her company. The stars were playing around in their hotel room last night after a day’s shooting, with Maisie babying her sore eyes in this pic and an accompany video where the women got a bit silly.

Potential Spoilers in the form of returning cast members below the cut!

Explain dat @sophiet

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Sophie was spotted today in Belfast and took this pic with a lucky fan:

Emilia Clarke had a friendly encounter with a family at the Belfast airport today. It’s not clear if she was leaving the city or just arriving. Based on some other Twitter mentions, however, it seems like she was in London yesterday, so Emilia just arriving in Belfast seems more likely.

Emilia Clarke

Guess who else was headed to Belfast this Monday, according to the fan who ran into him at the airport? David Bradley, aka Walder Frey.

As far as we can determine, Bradley isn’t working on any other projects in the area at the moment.

Iwan Rheon was also seen out and about in town yesterday:

While filming at Magheramorne Quarry featuring the Wall carried on, with several fans spotting a lot of activity up in the area:

And in exciting-but-came-to-nothing news, Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney from Always Sunny in Philadelphia were spotted at a bar in Belfast, drinking with GoT executive producer David Benioff, which led to some speculation that the duo might be appearing on the show:

McElhenney even hosted a Game of Thrones Q&A Emmy Panel in 2013, while Benioff and D.B. Weiss wrote an episode of Always Sunny the same year. However, the guys were just hanging out in Belfast as friends, as our sources assure us that Day and McElhenney were not filming anything for the show. Which is too bad because if anyone should be a filthy peasant screaming profanities, it’s Charlie Day.

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    1. If Mac and Charlie ever showed up on GOT I would just drop dead haha. And who’ll give Walder Frey his comeuppance, I wonder? I always assumed that it would be another Frey but it’s anyone’s guess.

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    2. Some day when I have money and and time I’m going to move to Belfast for the summer and just revel in the filming.

      Of course by the time I have both money and time it’s going to be 2067, the show will be over, and the books will (hopefully) be completed.

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    3. Iwan needs to stop being all normal and cute and happily smiling! It’s weirding me out 😛 He seems such a sweetheart!

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    4. Nice to see again the late Walder Frey. This and some casting news (the outlaws, the Septon Meribald-esque character) point to the more than likely return of the Riverlands this season. It makes me think too that there will be at least one major character there in Season 6… Brienne? The Hound?

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    5. So excited to hear about David Bradley! I think a lot of us have been waiting for that news (confirmation? almost-confirmation?) for some time now.

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    6. H.Stark:
      Filming dates for the “new Frey” started this week so make sense to have Walder back.

      ToJ confirmed?
      http://lossietereinos.com/el-castillo-de-zafra-sera-seguro-la-torre-de-la-alegria-y-girona-podria-ser-antigua-y-braavos/

      It says the Zafra Castle will indeed be the Tower of Joy. Filming will take place in the end of september. This will confirmed by the site’s informers since the first wardrobe fittings were done this week in Spain.

      It also says Girona will serve as Braavos this season.

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    7. JCDavis,

      It just says that casting calls pointed to someone that sounded like Arthur Dayne and that this season will have flashbacks, as more fuel to confirm Tower of Joy.

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    8. Darquemode,

      They use the word confirmation, but I’m not familiar with this site or its track record. It does seem the website works with real sources in Spain (it’s a Spanish site, afterall).

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    9. What they say about filming in Castillo de Zafra (Zafra Castle):

      It will serve as Tower of Joy.
      They will only film in the castle exterior. Interior scenes (if there are any) will probably be filmed in Belfast.
      No extras will be needed for these scenes.
      It will be filmed at the end of September. They speculate it will be between filming in Navarra (which ends september 25) and filming in Peniscola (which begins october 1).

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    10. Darquemode,

      I’m a spanish speaker myself and frequent user of “Los Siete Reinos” and I can say yes, it is a very serious website. I think that Sue can testify this as well. I don’t believe they would dare to announce something like that without being confirmed by its sources. So I’m 95% sure that the news are legit.

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    11. Mieux,

      Did you expect Jon to stay at Castle Black? They would just try to kill him again.

      I’m pretty excited to see so many northerners and Frey. Maybe after its recent memory lapse the North will finally remember. 🙂

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    12. This may or may not be a dumb question… but if they’re filming a Tower of Joy flashback, shouldn’t that mean Sean Bean will return to play Eddard?

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    13. Davos’ Luck,

      Me too! I like the riverlands as a location. Big woods with a robin Hood like outlaw band, lots of religious smallfolk, an honorable, knightly ruling house – very fairytale-like. Will be interesting to See it changed now. Smallfolk getting terorized by this new outlaw band (darth BWB), new corrupt ruling house. If a complete change of the riverlands situation is what they’re going for, then I feel like the 2 season pause from that place is really gonna work in the shows favor. The change Will be that more prominent

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    14. Mieux:
      I think they really killed Jon and he does not return. Even as someone else …

      Then WHAT was GRRM’s big deal about WHO Jon’s mother was?? If he is totally DEAD? WHO CARES about his mother. His mother could have been a drunken bar maid and it wouldn’t make any difference. IF Jon is truly Dead.

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    15. Tormund’s Woman:
      Iwan needs to stop being all normal and cute and happily smiling! It’s weirding me out He seems such a sweetheart!

      Precisely my feelings; I think he’s the only one I would rather prefer NOT to meet in person… Great acting work Iwan!

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    16. Davos’ Luck:
      Nice to see again the late Walder Frey. This and some casting news (the outlaws, the Septon Meribald-esque character) point to the more than likely return of the Riverlands this season. It makes me think too that there will be at least one major character there in Season 6… Brienne? The Hound?

      Isn’t the Hound dead???

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    17. María: I’m confused. So … where will they shot King’s Landing? I thought of Girona.

      There’s strong indication King’s Landing doesn’t feature as heavily as in previous seasons. It would also be just logical to move the storylines still taking place in King’s Landing to inside locations, and shoot any outside scenes later, since Winter has come, and the locations used in Mediterranean countries still aren’t very “wintery” in early October.

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    18. Loooper the Great,

      You mean like Aiden always Littlefingering us?! lol

      Nah, Ramsey may be smiling but I still get a creepy, what a weirdo vibe. It’s in the eyes and demeanor (though it could be because I also know what Ramsey is). Iwan though is genuinely smiling. And I’ve seen him normal and all friendly with Alfie in a mockumentary. My head almost exploded with feelings. All kinds of OMG this guy is pretty awesome, sings like a rock star and shit they are good friends too!!!

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    19. David Bradley looks like he is wearing a tiny crown in that picture, perhaps it’s a sign? Walder Frey as king, no-one is expecting that! 😉 And the guy standing with him looks like he should be in the show himself, perhaps they have gone for a total unknown for

      Euron

      after all 😀

      EDIT: Hi TW, Bella Pasta! 😀

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    20. Hi-Fi:
      Darquemode,

      They use the word confirmation, but I’m not familiar with this site or its track record. It does seem the website works with real sources in Spain (it’s a Spanish site, afterall).

      It should be noted though that several comments on the piece cast some doubts on its accuracy. Well, we’ll know for sure in a couple of weeks.
      JCDavis,

      That was uncalled for.

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    21. JCDavis:
      Hoyti Von Totiy,

      Who gives a shit….that is SO like three years ago.I think everyone is over it but you.Take a pill.

      I dunno JCDavis sounds like you’re still pretty emotional to me.. You sure you’re over it?

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    22. Los Siete Reinos has been around for quite a while. They’re trustworthy. I’ll post their information- I’m just waiting to hear back from someone on something else that might go into the post. No rush since we already have two posts up today.

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    23. Ashara Dayne,

      I guess I’ll just have to watch it again! Having the Hound back would be nice; I’m just afraid that you only have a certain number of dead or at least presumed dead that can come back to life in a show that does not want to be qualified as soap…

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    24. Sue the Fury:
      Hoyti Von Totiy,

      Dial back the trolling.You’re losing your subtlety.

      In all honesty, Robb Stark was an incompetent moron that’s easiest the worst king this story had after Joffrey.

      He might have been a good commander, but he was so extremely incompetent. Mostly because he did not even have the strength to actually oppose his vassals and make the structuring changes that were needed in time. He also suffered from extreme short-sightedness like Ned Stark did.

      Does that justify Walder’s actions? No it does not, but let’s be honest here.. The reason Robb died was because he was utterly incompetent.

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    25. Do we know for sure that Kit left Belfast? I know there was that picture of him in London airport, but after looking at the picture it could have been someone that looked like him. Has this been confirmed yet?

      But lets say that he was confirmed in London airport leaving, he was in Belfast for 3+ weeks. Which means that they might have filmed the scenes towards the end of the season first in the studio and then filmed his funeral scene (episode 1) last before he left. This would hold up with the theory that he doesn’t get resurrected until the end of season 6. Also, it makes it look like he is truly dead to all the stalkers out there. Food for thought..

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    26. All the cast, Kit and now Walder Frey… It’s so so so exciting! I wish I was a bird so I could see what’s happening on location! 😀

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    27. Sue the Fury:
      Hoyti Von Totiy,

      Dial back the trolling.You’re losing your subtlety.

      ill keep it short. Im not trolling on this.

      – Walder Frey came late to Roberts cause and has since then been known as “late Walder Frey”. But Tywinn Lannister also came in late and noone tought of calling him “late Tywinn Lannister”

      – everyone is jelous of the income Freys take in from the bridge their family has built over the generations.

      – Walder Frey could have easily deny Rob the crossing and he would be forced to face Tywinn and Gregor Clegane head on. Tywinn was the man to bet on in that situation and yet Walder sided with this Stark child on a simple promise of a marridge well knowing what would happen to his family if Robb loses (Tarbacks and Raynes know how forgiving is Tywinn)

      With the Freys by his side Robb wins all of his battles.

      – Robb betrays the Freys for the Westerling girl who isn´t even pregnant!!??

      He gave him the crossing on that condition and he screwd him over and not only that but has stared loosing the war. Should Walder just keept his mouth shut and take another insult before Tywinn comes and plays Rains of Castamere in the Twins?

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    28. Someone asked if they were absolutely sure it was going to be ToJ and their answer was “99% sure. The other 1% is the possibility that someone inside (very inside) was misled with fake hints, which they thought was unlikely.
      Hi-Fi,

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    29. Hoyti Von Totiy,

      I can’t disagree. Robb screwed up big time. Catelyn was non-effective. But hey, show up at Edmure’s wedding and rub it in? Neither were the brightest bulbs in the box. And although I like Oona Chaplin, the only reason they needed Talisa at the wedding was for shock value. They got it though, so I guess it was successful. 🙂

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    30. The whole cast (inc. Kit) has been going in and out of the city. Surely, no one expects them to be on set for the entire duration of filming. They wouldn’t have enough material to take up such long time.
      Kit’s been on set for like a month (including a read-through, a corpse doesn’t have lines btw). Such time could amount to 2/3 episodes of a single character’s material. A funeral scene would take no more than a few days.
      I think it’s time to stop overanalysing Kit’s sightings. It’s pretty obvious he’ll return. Just maybe his full comeback won’t happen until the second half of the season, hence his screentime might just be shorter than what it was for s5.

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    31. Tyrion Pimpslap,

      It just proves how the writing/directing manipulates us. But isn’t that the point? Which is why black/white characterisations are so dull. They’re for kids really. Small kids. I still can’t explain to my kids why others are nasty. My only explanation is that they’re having a bad day/week/year or are tired etc.

      To save a separate comment…
      Kristian Nairn just tweeted he’s in NYC. I guess he’s not in it much yet. Is he due to appear in Season 6? If they film out of sequence, and use five different directors, does that mean all directors are filming on and off for several months?

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    32. Salty Dornishman:
      Hoyti Von Totiy,

      Damn, never thought I’d say this but, I agree with Hoyti.Wow – processing the cognitive dissonance now…

      Very good points but……..Walder Frey is kinda sleazy..No he’s very sleazy! He also broke the unbreakable rule of guest rights. If you think it’s unjustified fans see him as a villian, I think D&D feel the way fans do, the Frey family are about to die horrible deaths in S6 justifiably so!!!

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    33. Sue the Fury: trolling.

      I never thought Hoyti was trolling either. Although I hope the repercussions of the RW are severe (hopefully in TWoW), Robb was very shortsighted in a time of serious game-playing. He should have known that his actions, including eloping with JW, Karstark beheading, his “Ned”ness in the face of Lannister/Clegane brutality, Cat’s light treatment after Jaime’s release, shoddy Bolton agreements and other things brought up by Hoyti above, fed the fire of internal dissent. Cat’s trepidations leading to the RW are great foreshadowing…especially upon a re-read.

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    34. Yesss I’m so excited that the Late Walder Frey is back!!! This means Riverlands, more Freys and Northern vengeance. I am actually extremely excited with how they handle season 6.

      Plus TOJ confirmed??? Yay!!!! I wonder who they cast as Lyanna.

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    35. Hodor’s Bastard: I never thought Hoyti was trolling either. Although I hope the repercussions of the RW are severe (hopefully in TWoW), Robb was very shortsighted in a time of serious game-playing. He should have known that his actions, including eloping with JW, Karstark beheading, his “Ned”ness in the face of Lannister/Clegane brutality, Cat’s light treatment after Jaime’s release, shoddy Bolton agreements and other things brought up by Hoyti above, fed the fire of internal dissent.Cat’s trepidations leading to the RW are great foreshadowing…especially upon a re-read.

      He also didn’t trust Grey Wind’s instincts when they first arrived at the crossing. His wolf was downright vicious towards the Freys. That should have aroused suspicion. By then it was all too late. But Robb’s downfall was slow and steady and fairly predictable, in hindsight. He made a lot of fatal blunders. I’m still excited to see the BWB or someone take vengeance on some Freys and Boltons.

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    36. Abyss,

      Mobile or desktop? I’m using mobile on a note4 and that occurs regularly for me. This site actually functions pretty lousy overall for me on mobile. I’ll have to try a different browser

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    37. Amazing News, for david Bradley and Tower of Joy, I really want the return of Tim Plester and Tom Brooke to play Black Frey and Lothar Frey. This Motherfucks were great on his scenes and they Killed Talisa and Catelyn.

      Of couse we need Edmure, BlackFish, Meribald Too. But for sure they are not Cut.

      Maybe Roslin frey Show up Again.

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    38. The Seven The Smith,

      That guy deserves that answer,i’m sick of his trolling ass poisoning this community,he never brings anything meaningful to the discussions . I don’t think you were around when he kept obssessing over Kit Harington’s hair .

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    39. Igor Thadeu,

      I listened to a Tom Brooke interview yesterday and he made no mention of season 6, but to be fair he wasn’t asked about it.

      There’s also an interview with Roslin Frey on youtube from a couple of weeks ago and she makes it sound as if GOT was a one-time gig for her.

      But it’s hard to envision a Walder Frey return without any other Freys, *unless* he goes to Winterfell for some reason.

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    40. K Noelle: His wolf was downright vicious towards the Freys.

      Yeah…GW tried to shake him out of his delusion, but even his mother couldn’t help him. :/ GW’s last moments were gut-wrenching in ASoS (GW’s demise in the cage – as seen from Arya’s perspective – in S3 was just sad). A Robb PoV would have been interesting regarding his state of mind and decisions made leading to the RW…and would have further explored his relationship with his direwolf, like we get with the other Stark PoVs

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    41. Hodor’s Bastard: Yeah…GW tried to shake him out of his delusion, but even his mother couldn’t help him. :/ GW’s last moments were gut-wrenching in ASoS (GW’s demise in the cage – as seen from Arya’s perspective – in S3 was just sad).A Robb PoV would have been interesting regarding his state of mind and decisions made leading to the RW…and would have further explored his relationship with his direwolf, like we get with the other Stark PoVs

      Yeah all was doomed by that point. Going to the wedding sealed the deal. At least he left the Westerling girl at home in ASOS. A lot of people speculate that he warned into Grey Wind in his last moments, (because his last words were “Grey Wind”) only to be killed again after warning into his direwolf. It adds extra weight and tragedy to his death and symbolism to how the Freys sewed Grey Wind’s head to his corpse. So sad. Thinking about Arya’s POV of the RW makes me want to cry.

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    42. Even if Robb had kept his word, Walder Frey would have killed him anyway. After Roslin popped out the required male heir, bye-bye Robb/Stark clan, the Freys now control Winterfell. Or maybe the Red Wedding would have proceeded, with Robb as the groom, since Frey switched allegiances and felt no need to have to marry into the Stark family to gain power.

      Robb was dumb as rocks, but in hindsight it doesn’t matter. He was pretty much doomed the moment he dealt with Walder Frey. Frey has grudges, and isn’t the type to be loyal to anyone or anything.

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    43. The actor who plays Olly is still in Belfast …
      Why his character is not dead yet?

      I want Kit returns to Belfast. It is bad if it is not there.

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