Game of Thrones begins filming in Magilligan, Northern Ireland

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The cast and crew of Game of Thrones began filming scenes for season 5 in the Binevanagh/Magilligan region of Northern Ireland today.

Thanks to the keen eyes of local fans and BBC News, we have a few images of today’s filming work to share. As the locations are quite rural, the crew are keeping a very wide perimeter, lessening the chances of a good view of the scenes being shot.

Magilligan is a peninsula that lies at the entrance to Lough Foyle, located in the northwest of Co. Derry. Some of today’s scenes were being shot on a cliff above Magilligan.

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BBC News further reports that scenes were also being shot in the woodlands under Binevanagh Mountain, also in Derry.

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Cian: The images are so unclear that it makes it almost impossible to speculate as to what these scenes will entail. However, I do suspect that BBC have mistaken the crew’s base for a second filming location. Regardless, the scenery is quite Vale-like. What do you think?

UPDATE: The Daily Mail has provided a slightly closer look at the filming on the cliff edge of Binevanagh. What was speculated to be a collection of tents is actually a crane and a backdrop, although there is what appears to be a crew tent on the left. Images at the link.

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    1. Looks like some sort of an army to me, you can see some tents there, tents that look like the army tends they’ve used before.

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    2. That top picture of Binevanagh overlooking the river and fields is breathtaking. What a view!

      My guess is

      Sansa’s journeys in the Vale or something to do with Brienne and Pod.

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    3. Could ,quite honestly be anything! The mountainousness would suggest the Vale at first but I doubt it will be for Sansa as I imagine she’ll be touring the more civilised parts of the Vale. Possibly Brienne meeting up with Tarly or someone else to give her such much needed character development. Personally, I hope for

      Kingsmoot

      but it’s a longshot. Gemma Whelan has been quiet on Twitter for a week or so. A positive sign?

      Syrio Fo-real,

      With the Crow’s cage? Been too long since I’ve seen that film!

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    4. What do you think are the chances of actually having different weather this season? Other than Dorne sand and Wall snow, I mean. I’m kind of sick of the perma-summer that’s been every other season before, so I hope more places to the north start seeing snow. Like Winterfell and the Neck.

      And I hope this isn’t Stannis’ stuff, cause so far, it’s looking pretty snow-less..

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    5. Renly’s Peach,

      I agree we need to see the snow at least making it to Winterfell. Doubt it’ll be Stannis stuff as he’s going to be at the wall for most of the season and I can’t see him chilling on a mountain unless they’re going to have him

      rallying the mountain clans

      which I thought they may cut to streamline.

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    6. TheTouchOfFrost:
      Could ,quite honestly be anything! The mountainousness would suggest the Vale at first but I doubt it will be for Sansa as I imagine she’ll be touring the more civilised parts of the Vale.

      Hypothetically, you have to travel to get between the various castles. We know they filmed at least one Vale horseback sequence already.

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    7. daryl dixon bae:
      this show sucks so much its garbage lol. just watch amazing shows like walking dead and arrow.

      I’ll have to deduct some points from my own account for feeding the troll, but I’ll give you some advice, since frankly you aren’t really trying to do a good job as a troll. GoT isn’t a perfect show, it surely has some major flaws, but no one in their right mind would say that tWD and Arrow are better shows than GoT. That’s why you aren’t getting as many responses as you’re used to.

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    8. Sean C.,

      I guess but I’m not entirely sure what they’ll do on these travels and it looks a bit barren to be the kind of road they may take but hey who knows. I could honestly do without much Sansa this season. Interested to see where they go with her but like Bran I think it’d be good for her to take a backseat as other characters and storylines could do with the time.

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    9. TheTouchOfFrost:
      I guess but I’m not entirely sure what they’ll do on these travels

      We have basically no story details for Sansa’s plot this season, so scenes on the road are really no more or less likely than scenes in a castle.

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    10. Sean C.,

      If Brienne is still fannying around in the Vale then perhaps some interaction between the two? Could work quite well as Brienne may have to contend with the arrogant and elitist attitudes of the Vale lords to her being a female knight and perhaps hit on some of the persecution and childhood pain she suffered in her Tarly camp chapters in the books. She needs something to make her more sympathetic as I don’t think I’m the only one who is starting to lose interest in her show character.

      Ivar the Jobless,

      Don’t play with my emotions fella! 😛

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    11. Veltigar: no one in their right mind would say that tWD and Arrow are better shows than GoT. That’s why you aren’t getting as many responses as you’re used to.

      I almost spat out my drink when I read his post. TWD, at this point, is like one step above General Hospital.
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      Ivar the Jobless,

      That seems like quite the random spot to “elect a king.” I mean, I understand the Ironborn going to an islet of giant bones to elect theirs, but those people are crazy as it is. This looks like the mainland, possibly the North.

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    12. Renly’s Peach: I almost spat out my drink when I read his post. TWD, at this point, is like one step above General Hospital.
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      I know right 🙁 Kids these days 😉

      EDIT: Although I have no idea what General Hospital is XD

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    13. Let them put in a CGI-ed Nagga’s Cradle while they’re at it – and a seagull or two for good measure. Now I’m not saying Ivar’s full of shit, but he’s full of shit.

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    14. Veltigar: …no one in their right mind would say that tWD and Arrow are better shows than GoT.

      What about The Jerry Springer Show or Barney & Friends? Surely quality programming like that can lay claim to being better than Game of Thrones.

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    15. Ivar the Jobless,

      These tents are black. Lannister’s ones were red in S1…

      There’s no reason to have Stannis in campaing without snow, nor Sansa and Littlefinger in tents… IIRC, before the kingsmoot’s ceremony there were feasts in tents… So, I hope you are not moking us. GoT production probably found quite convenient to shoot in a place free of paparazzi if Euron was cast secretly, but it could also work for Jon Conington and fAegon.

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    16. StandOzone,

      I think Patchface said he/she is meeting their contacts this week (sounds very cloak and dagger!) and ,believe them or not, their posts are always very interesting to consider.

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    17. The tents just look like standard garden gazebos to me. However they can do wonders with CGI these days, I just can’t see it being the kingsmoot, why would they keep it a secret? It’s not as if unsullied have any real interest in the Iron islands.

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    18. For those speculating on the

      Kingsmoot

      I’m pretty sure it would be filmed near the sea, this is very mainland. Also, there’s absolutely no reason for keeping the Greyjoy casting a secret.

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    19. Really hope this is something ironborn related; more anxious about getting confirmation on that than the Griff storyline, which i think will be significantly truncated with the interest in the character developed from talks that varys and illyrio will have with tyrion, including him meeting them directly thru them, instead of finding out later in his travels. It could be Stannis, but i’d still be hoping that it mixes in some of the ironborn plot with it. They have kept them on the backburner; Balon is still alive, they didn’t really give a lot of info as to why moat cailin had a winterfell siege amount of soldiers guarding it. Despite all odds, and i already know about the hbo family tree; i really want to see euron and victarion in action next season, the kingsmoot, the raids, it’s a really exciting subplot. Can’t see how they could give dorne such a big piece of the action and not involve the other kingdoms heavily that have yet to enter the scene, the iron islands and the vale.

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