Game of Thrones prequel begins filming in Italy; Naomi Watts and a new cast member spotted on set!

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Have the post-Con of Thrones blues got you down? Fear not, we have more prequel news coming your way to lift your spirits! Filming for the series, as of now titled Blood Moon, has moved on to Gaeta, Italy, and we have some wonderful shots from the set – including a costumed Naomi Watts – to share.

The Twitter account GoTlike Locations posted several photos showing filming prep taking place near the Grotta del Turco, including production vehicles and signage restricting access.

They also captured rehearsal underway in the waters near Grotta del Turco. We see rowers on a very Viking-esque boat, and someone who looks to be director SJ Clarkson.

Instagram user kiaruzz91_ was lucky enough to capture the below shot of Naomi Watts in all her golden glory – it appears that brunette wig didn’t belong to her after all. George R.R. Martin has said Blood Moon predates the Lannisters, but perhaps Watts is an ancester? That head to toe gold can’t be a coincidence, can it? 

Blood Moon Naomi Watts

She also posted photos of the Grotta del Turco entrance with production signage and a vehicle with the Blood Moon logo in the window.

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Finally, a new addition to the cast was spotted on set and identified by Redanian Intelligence as Georgina Campbell. Her costume and hair display the Greco-Roman influence we’ve seen in previous set photos, and in the above shot of Watts. Campbell is best known for the British crime drama Broadchurch and SYFY’s Krypton. Campbell’s latest Instagram post confirms her location as Gaeta, Italy.

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Special thanks to GoTlike Locations and Redanian Intelligence for the information. We will post more news and photos as we find them, so be sure to check back often!

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    1. yay!

      might be oot but anybody excited about DnD being on comic con?. not gonna lie im so interested on what will they say.

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    2. The fact that they film also in Italy proves that HBO is willing to invest a lot of money into this.
      The prequel has the advantage of being free to explore the unknown history of Westeros before the first long night.
      The disadvantage is that it’s in the shadow of its big brother. But maybe a small prequel can cast a very large shadow.

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    3. Can’t wait. But if the prequel get a yes from HBO, do they film directly after that the rest of the season? how long will they wait? I remember that GoT did a long time in between the shoots.

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    4. Apollo:
      Shiela B,

      Yes, it’s a large cat or panther, not an early version of a direwolf as some are proposing.

      Nope, it’s the dire wolf. It just isn’t exactly the same as the o e we are used to.

      Things are getting exciting. Can’t wait to see this show.

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    5. Yikes! What is that gawdy gold costume she has on. Hope this is not an example of the costumes we can expect

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    6. I wonder if Watts would sign on to do multiple seasons of a TV show? It’ll be a little obvious / disappointing if she just ends up being the Ned of this prequel.

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    7. kevin1989:
      Can’t wait. But if the prequel get a yes from HBO, do they film directly after that the rest of the season? how long will they wait? I remember that GoT did a long time in between the shoots.

      The rewrites, recasts and reshoots probably lengthened the process for GoT S1. They shot the prequel in October ’09, had all the ‘mess’ but were still greenlit in early February 2010, filmed later in ’10 and then premiered in April 2011. If they can have a smooth pilot and get the green light they could still film the season this Fall. As you might remember, GoT typically started filming seasons late Summer into Fall and premiered around April. I won’t push it but I’d say a 2020 premiere for this is entirely possible unless there are major issues.

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    8. Hmmm where do we think these scenes are based probably Essos given the scenary and ethnicity of the new actress? It could also be Dawn.

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    9. Iul:
      The fact that they film also in Italy proves that HBO is willing to invest a lot of money into this.
      The prequel has the advantage of being free to explore the unknown history of Westeros before the first long night.
      The disadvantage is that it’s in the shadow of its big brother. But maybe a small prequel can cast a very large shadow.

      It is an advantage that there really isn’t a source to compare it too, but arguably the seasons of GOT that had book material and dialog to adapt were structurally much stronger – it was when they deviated or started to drop or combine plots/characters that it started to become less consistent. I just hope they have outlined a general overall story arc that they want to tell – and have characters with purpose and directions… so many of my ‘problems’ with GOT were in how some characters after they served their ‘purpose’ seemed to have nothing left to do, or were sidelined until there was something for them to do – where earlier in the season we would get more filler between characters just because… those interactions are important, and later seasons seemed to drop normal interactions that were sorely needed…

      They really have a great opportunity to ‘fix’ all the issues GOT had, especially with POC, I hope the audience is still here for it… can’t wait to hear/see more details.

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    10. I don’t know. I’ll probably watch it but I skipped the final season of GOT and just watched the clips on YouTube and read the spoilers. I can’t get too excited over the children of the forest. I’d rather they followed Arya around or checked in on how Bran was doing. I also lost interest after two years of waiting – if the wait is that long for one I’m lukewarm on I don’t see myself subscribing to HBO for this.

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    11. anon,

      Then you were never really a fan to begin with, i don’t think you are their audience target, anyone who says i just skipped the final season and read spoilers can’t call himself a fan, even the people who hated the final season they at least watched it in its entirety .

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