As 2016 ended so did filming in Spain and Croatia for season seven. However, the Game of Thrones production will not remain cloistered in their Northern Ireland headquarters: They have yet again ventured out into the world to film in a gorgeous country familiar to those who followed behind the scenes news from the early seasons; and Iain Glen, Ser Jorah Mormont himself, has been spotted on location there, with another castmate. Below the cut, you will find photos to corroborate this and our first look at the shoot.
As it is to be expected with filming photos, there are major spoilers below the cut!
At first there were rumors, later strong indications, and finally the clincher, when cast members started to appear —Iceland will become Westeros once again. Kit Harington (King Jon Snow), Joe Dempsie (Gendry), and Paul Kaye (Thoros of Myr) are now joined by Iain Glen, whose dulcet tones as Ser Jorah Mormont always make my brain tingle:
If previous spoiler reports are to be believed, we should expect a few other actors to be sighted in Iceland, as their characters are supposed to travel with Jon and the others beyond the Wall, to the True North of the Free Folk… and the White Walkers.
This quest is directed by Alan Taylor, who is in charge of episode six. That may not seem important, but this is a shortened season, so the sixth episode will be the pre-finale, traditionally the ninth episode in which the “big stuff” happens —Whether it be a large battle or a shocking death. So many main characters traveling together through such a hostile land, with a mission this dangerous yet crucial, directed by a Game of Thrones veteran director, in the pre-finale climax… The stakes are high, as are the expectations.
Surely, the Frostfangs will look just as breathtaking as they did in the past, yet we must wonder which particular locations we will get to see this year, as there are many to choose from; Iceland may be small, but it’s also a treasure trove of geographic features. Now, we might just have an idea of they are looking for this time: The costume team was first spotted at the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, and soon after Iain Glen was sighted there too. It could be a coincidence… Or perhaps Jökulsárlón is one of their locations.
If that is true, it will not be the only Icelandic region we’ll get to see in season seven: Kearstin Patterson shared the following photo from the shoot, which just started today, and it’s at Svínafellsjökull. Besides the beautiful vistas of the glacier, we can see nine largely indistinguishable characters, most of them dressed in typical wildling clothing:
— Kearstin Patterson (@kearstin99) January 14, 2017
UPDATE #1: Patterson provided a few more pictures, identifying Jon Snow:
— Kearstin Patterson (@kearstin99) January 15, 2017
A closer look at the photos and this tweet (as well as, you know, common sense) tells us one of them is Jon Snow. The other confirmed characters for these particular Icelandic scenes are Gendry, Thoros and Jorah. Since the Wolf Hill shoot where Kristofer Hivju and Rory McCann were sighted is part of the same sequence, we should expect Tormund and the Hound as well. There is also Beric, who remains unseen but should be with Thoros and Sandor, as leader of the Brotherhood. This leaves two unknown persons, but please don’t go crazy over it, as they could well be random wildlings.