Game of Thrones Season 5 Update: Dorne comes to Belfast and Portstewart filming rolls on

Filming for Game of Thrones season 5 is heating up as locals in the town of Portstewart, Northern Ireland, are spotting production crews around the Strand this week.

With filming expected to continue until August 11th, there should be many more sightings to come. Residents of the area have taken a few photos as they happened upon the set, in the past couple days.

Actors from the show have been spotted on set, and the descriptions contain spoilers so proceed with caution!

One passer-by snapped a closer pic of the trucks and horse trailers:

Another spotted some almost-familiar figures. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was seen in Portstewart a few days ago, and it appears his stunt double is now stepping in to work on the scene.

The reference to Jon Snow is curious, given what we know of Jon’s story, and I’m wondering if the person mistook another dark-haired person for the Snow double, or if Snow’s double was just doing another character’s stunts.

UPDATE: Commenter RD supplied some fresh info first hand, clarifying the Jon situation:

I was up at Portstewart Strand today and managed to watch some of the filming. John Snow and the Knisguard are NOT there. It looks they will be filming in at least 3 locations. The part I saw was in the dune system. Jamie Lannister and Bronn were present with stunt doubles in matching clothes. Bronns usual attire and Jamie wearing a purple leather riding jacket opened. They were accompanied by 6 unarmoured guards, who I presume to be Dornish. The uniforms have me confused as not sure I recognise them. They were yellow/gold with brown patterning through them. They are long gown to the knee and an attached like turban. Their spears are quite exotic and similar to that used by Prince Oberyn. No helmets. They also have 4 dressed horses. The scene that I saw was Bronn (the actor himself) pulling a sword from the sand and spinning to duel with an oncoming soldier on horse with a spear. They also have 2 boats, one old looking row boat and a rib (for film crew I guess) They had guys in wetsuits planning something today, I presume for future filming. They also had 3 people on horses doing some sort of rehearsing by riding into the sea and looking out or something but again no filming.

A photo of the Dornish guards RD describes has turned up on Instagram, along with another photo from the same Instagram user:

In other Game of Thrones season 5 filming news, it looks like Indira Varma is in Belfast. This photo of her hanging out with the Night’s Watch crew showed up on Twitter:

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According to one of our local sources, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jessica Henwick, and Rosabell Laurenti-Sellers are in Belfast as well and start filming their scenes this week.

Sue the Fury:  The Sand Snakes are in town! Very exciting to see Dorne coming together. And what is Jaime up to with the Kingsguard?

 

Update! Here are a couple more set photos taken by locals from today’s filming that Cian uncovered on Twitter:

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    1. maybe Elliria will take over Nym`s roll so she dosnt need to go back to Dorne ! just stay in kings landing and be the dornish voice in the small councel ? and jaime will take obryen`s body and the mountain`s skull and head to dorne with the rest of the dornish party who came to the wedding ?

      still wondering why would lord stokworth would go to Dorne

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    2. Abyss:
      nym sand,

      The scenes filmed in Belfast are most likely indoor ones. The Paint Hall is in Belfast and has been very important for Game of Thrones for that kind of stuff from the very start.

      I know but most what I remember what we see from dorne is the water gardns and sunspear and the mountains are there any scenes for dorne that sopposed to be anywhere exept the locarion they choose from spain *_*

      any way

      maybe Elliria will take over Nym`s roll so she dosnt need to go back to Dorne ! just stay in kings landing and be the dornish voice in the small councel ? and jaime will take obryen`s body and the mountain`s skull and head to dorne with the rest of the dornish party who came to the wedding ?

      still wondering why would lord stokworth would go to Dorne

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    3. Hodorkovski:
      I can see where this is going. Ellaria Sand, the first ever sister of the Night’s Watch (and Azor Ahai)!

      hahahahahahahaha

      I think they are just going out together or maybe she`s Alys Karstark >_>

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    4. You know how the one audition tape had dialog about

      Jaime being seen sneaking into Dorne….doesn’t that match up with the Ser Balon Swann who delivered The Mountain’s Skull? I mean, didn’t Ser Balon “sneak” into Dorne instead of traveling openly? If I remember correctly they were afraid of an angry Dornish populace, should they learn about who Swann was and what he was carrying.

      Jaime might be

      taking on this “role” in addition to going there to take Myrcella back. Delivering the skull is a good pretense and his going secretly makes sense for the same reasons Ser Balon used in the book.

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    5. To quote Emmet from The Lego Movie: “Awesome!”

      Really intrigued by Jaime’s storyline, with the Kingsguard presence. Plus, Sand Snakes invade Belfast!

      In the Twitter pics I’ve seen with John Bradley, I always laugh at his trademark slightly-nervous expression.

      Thanks for these updates.

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    6. nym sand: I know but most what I remember what we see from dorne is the water gardns and sunspear and the mountains are there any scenesfor dorne that sopposed to be anywhere exept the locarion they choose from spain *_*

      any way

      still wondering why would lord stokworth would go to Dorne

      You give an actor who has been such an awesome asset – Jerome Flynn – something to do. You give him more screentime in what is becoming a strong pairing (Jaime and Bronn). That’s why.

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    7. Greatjon of Slumber: You give an actor who has been such an awesome asset – Jerome Flynn – something to do. You give him more screentime in what is becoming a strong pairing (Jaime and Bronn). That’s why.

      I know he is such a good actor > I was wondering what the character*Bronn* would do in Dorne (: will he take sombody`s role ? this is what I meant

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    8. nym sand,

      Well maybe “sneak” is too strong a term for what

      Balon did, but I do recall something about him not wearing the customary Kingsguard garb or something like that. Regardless of how many men he had with him, he didn’t come into town with trumpets blaring and announcing himself.

      If I remember correctly…I don’t have the books with me right now to double check this.

      If I’m totally off base it may not matter. I’m pretty certain that Cersei had

      sent Balon with a dual purpose anyway…to deliver the Skull and to escort Myrcella and Trystane back to KL killing Trystane along the way (blaming Tyrion, of course).

      I could see D&D using that bit and making

      Jaime take his place. Same scheme, slightly intensified by Jaime sneaking into Dorne. Jaime will arrive, see that Myrcella is just fine and in love with Trystane and then return to KL without her. Cersei will go apeshit and they will have their final spat. Perhaps Jaime will leave KL and go look for Brienne to help her….who knows at that point. This story line will at least get Jaime to where he needs to be according to book canon, out of KL, away from Cersei and making his own decisions.

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    9. Still no news on Maisie and Sophie?

      Im hoping that Arya and Sansa feature heavily in Season 5 (mainly Arya, who took a back seat in season 4)

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    10. Interesting stuff!
      The most intriguing to me is Jaime’s role in Dorne…

      Maybe the other stunt double is Bronn as suggested or maybe Trystane’s? He does have a mop of hair that may look like Jon Snow from a distance… maybe? More likely to be Bronn’s double or some other role in whatever scene is being filmed I think.

      The King’s Guard being there is more curious though!
      Perhaps it is simply the KG who transported Myrcella to Dorne? A KG and horses makes me think it is the Queenmaker fiasco. If that is the case and Jaime is in that scene the other stunt double with him could be the nameless Darkstar inspired role from cast leaks.

      Ms. D. Ranged in AZ,

      Balon Swann did not sneak in that I recall,

      but he was delayed by Dornish lords on Doran’s orders in an attempt to hide what happened to Arys during the Queenmaker plot.

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    11. And what is Jaime up to with the Kingsguard?

      Kill em all!
      (sorry just couldn t resist).

      It s getting exciting. Feels like good old times..

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    12. Ms. D. Ranged in AZ,

      A combination of both, most likely. I don’t think the tour of the Vale will be in TWOW so that’s probably original material but I’m sure that they’ll tie it together with stuff from later books and develop that storyline (otherwise they wouldn’t have rushed through her ASOS material in season 4).

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    13. Walter Harrow,

      Maybe Maisie and Sophie have only filmed interior scenes?
      Fans do not get to spy on those and Tweet out pics nearly as often so they could remain more of a mystery. Well, until WotW spies inform the staff! XD

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    14. jentario,

      I don’t think the tour of the Vale will be in TWOW

      So, no Sansa in TWOW? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised the way he’s written in past but we do know that there is at least one Sansa chapter and it’s supposed to be controversial.

      It’s probably her killing someone or sleeping with someone. I think I’d rather see her kill that brat Robin rather than sleep with LF…/shudder

      I think touring the Vale will be deadly dull without something else going on!

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    15. Is it too much to hope that a

      Targaryen banner

      is spotted on the beach with a certain

      Golden Company?

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    16. I was up at Portstewart Strand today and managed to watch some of the filming.

      John Snow and the Knisguard are NOT there.

      It looks they will be filming in at least 3 locations. The part I saw was in the dune system. Jamie Lannister and Bronn were present with stunt doubles in matching clothes. Bronns usual attire and Jamie wearing a purple leather riding jacket opened. They were accompanied by 6 un armoured guards, who I presume to be Dornish. The uniforms have me confused as not sure I recognise them. They were yellow/gold with brown patterning through them. They are long gown to the knee and an attached like turban. Their spears are quite exotic and similar to that used by Prince Oberyn. No helmets. They also have 4 dressed horses.
      The scene that I saw was Bronn (the actor himself) pulling a sword from the sand and spinning to dual with an oncoming soldier on horse with a spear.

      They also have 2 boats, one old looking row boat and a rib (for film crew I guess) They had guys in wetsuits planning something today, I presume for future filming. They also had 3 people on horses doing some sort of rehearsing by riding into the sea and looking out or something but again no filming.

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    17. RD,

      Excellent info – thanks!

      This is curious…

      “The scene that I saw was Bronn (the actor himself) pulling a sword from the sand and spinning to dual with an oncoming soldier on horse with a spear.” Confirming that Jaime and Bronn are unwelcome in Dorne…or that they did, in fact, sneak in?

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    18. RD,

      Great stuff!

      I like the look of the Dornish soldiers/ guards!
      It’s unique to not look like a copy, but plays off of Oberyn’s costume last year.

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    19. Greenjones:
      Here’s an Italian article on the girl playing Tyene with a few tidbits of information in it. And here’s it’s really shitty translation via Microsoft translator.

      If we were still on wicnet, I’d expect them to make a whole article about this. Here though, I don’t have to worry about that. It only really merits being part of an end of the week roundup or something.

      Anyways she seems like she’ll fit the part.

      I still mourn the loss of the blonde, blue-eyed, clad-in-white, innocent looking daughter of a septa.

      Yeah, I had a crush on that one. ^^

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    20. Greenjones,

      It looks like my last comment disapeared… Anyways, my Italian is not the best but I can translate this if somebody wants a more accurate translation (even though you can get most of it with that translator (Ehabz Martell, lol)).

      Arkash: I still mourn the loss of the blonde, blue-eyed, clad-in-white, innocent looking daughter of a septa.

      Yeah, I had a crush on that one. ^^

      You are not alone 😉

      EDIT: And my last comment suddenly appears…

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    21. Arkash,
      RandomSand,

      In fairness to Rosabelle Laurenti Sellers, she’s very cute herself. And for all we know she will be dressed in white in the show. She does have a fairly innocent-looking face as well.

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    22. Greenjones,

      Yeah, I mean I really have faith in the Dorne storyline and the actors chosen, even with the Arienne thing and this Tyene-daughter-of-Ellaria, etc… I’m DYING to see the dornish costumes and sets, I hope we get some pictures leaked soon :).

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    23. Sue the Fury,

      Is this tweet from the actress playing Nymeria’s dad where you got your info that the Snakes were shooting this week btw? Or is it because the Dornish rider (the suspected Darkstar expy) is shooting this week?

      All of this news points to the show version of the “someone always tells” confrontation”. Except of course in this case the Snakes will be plotting instead of Arianne and Jaime will fight Obara while Bronn will fight Tyene.

      Interesting stuff! I wonder who’s directing it.

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    24. TaviColen123,

      Tougher to answer than you’d think. Lightbringer is… sort of two people. And it was never clear on which one was posting, which was uncomfortable when I was used to working with a group who had a friendly dynamic. LB’s a she most of the time these days. I don’t really know her, we’ve never spoken or emailed, she was never introduced to the group. I wouldn’t really class them as FS, no.

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    25. So glad you guys made the move to your own site, it feels like a community again. I stopped visiting the old place due to the nature of the comments that started appearing.
      It’s got to bring a smile to your face when you look at similar posts on the old site and see 3 or 4 comments then look at a similar article here and see 100+.
      It looks like you brought the old loyalists along with you, and that makes me happy.

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    26. Based on RD‘s updated info, it seems

      Jaime and Bronn get a welcoming committee when they try to sneak into Dorne. Then they’ll be taken to see Doran/Sand Snakes?

      Can’t wait to find out!

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    27. YES even in Obara`s audition

      she said someone came to her and told her he did sneak Jaime in Dorne so maybe Obara will send this unnamed guy on the horse with the spear to welcome him then they fight in the beach *this is what is said above that Bronn is fighting with his sword against someone with a spear since we all know jaime cant fight

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