Brazen Beasts seen on Game of Thrones set, and more set images of Diocletian’s Palace

Split, 09.09.2014 - Snimanje pete sezone serije Igre prijestolja na Peristilu i Podrumima

As filming for Game of Thrones season 5 rolls on in Split, more and more images surface.

Yesterday, we shared some images of three separate sets undergoing construction at Diocletian’s Palace. Jutarnji list has provided a new set of pictures showing filming around the Croatian location.

Spoilers after the cut.

It appears as though the show’s incarnation of the Brazen Beasts will be making an appearance next season. What this means for the whole Sons of the Harpy subplot remains to be seen.

Split, 09.09.2014 - Snimanje pete sezone serije Igre prijestolja na Peristilu i Podrumima

Split, 09.09.2014 - Snimanje pete sezone serije Igre prijestolja na Peristilu i Podrumima

Split, 09.09.2014 - Snimanje pete sezone serije Igre prijestolja na Peristilu i Podrumima

Split, 09.09.2014 - Snimanje pete sezone serije Igre prijestolja na Peristilu i Podrumima

Split.com.hr has provided some more images of two out of the three aforementioned sets themselves. The following images are of the reconstructed chamber where Daenerys locked up her dragons at the end of season 4.

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The following three images are of the tavern set. The architecture suggests that the tavern is also located in Meereen, or at least somewhere in Essos.

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The only set at the Palace not shown in these new pictures is the “Dragon Door Back” set.

Cian: It’s nice to see the inclusion of one of the Meereenese “groups”. Interestingly, all of the masks shown look the same, rather than the variety worn in the A Dance with Dragons. Another possibility (suggested by the masked men surrounding the Unsullied) is that the Beasts are cut, and the extras shown are the show’s version of the Sons, who wear masks to protect their identities. Thoughts?

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    1. The masks would certainly be consistent with the design of the Brazen Beasts as seen in the novels. To be honest, however, I had completely forgotten that the Brazen Beasts were a thing in A Dance With Dragons (it’s been a while since I read that book). So when I first saw those pictures, my first instinct was that we were getting our first glimpse at the Sons of the Harpy.

      It makes sense that such vigilantes would wear masks, and truth be told, the Brazen Beasts seem like they would be an easy thing for Game of Thrones to cut, given that they serve a similar purpose to the Unsullied. We’ve seen no indication that the Shavepate will be cast, so if these are the Brazen Beasts, maybe Hizdahr just commands them from the start?

      I guess we’ll see.

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    2. I think it may just be a visual nod to them although I’ll be happy to be proven wrong.

      I think the Sons of the Harpy will have to feature in some way to show the growing dissent to Dany’s rule.

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    3. Feminine faces plus horns says Sons to me. Plus they’re all wearing Master’s robes. Brazen Beasts seem like the sort of thing they’d cut for sure, since they already have Unsullied to patrol the streets.

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    4. It does perhaps mean they’re getting into a lot of the political intrigue of the Dany plot, which could mirror some events in King’s Landing (and maybe even the Wall). If handled well, the internal squabbling could be a dominant theme of Season 5.

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    5. I agree, I guess Brazen Beasts might be cut and the sons of the Harpy are the ones with the masks.

      it looks in the scene above that they are murdering an unsullied as they have something around his neck…now we just need Galazza for the Harpy!!

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    6. Sons of the Harpy for sure! If you take a look at the harpy from the big pyramid of Meereen, the head looks identical to those masks with the horns and all.. I’m so glad they’re showing them in the series, in the books all they do is talk about them…

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    7. I wonder how the dragons are going to be freed to wreak havoc in Meereen since Quentyn doesn’t appear to be cast. Since they’re reusing the set where the dragons are imprisoned, I assume that’s happening somehow.

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    8. WeirwoodTreeHugger,

      Sons of the Harpy trying to kill the dragons? Jorah trying to get back in Dany’s favor (unlikely given his fear of the dragons)? Trystane teleported to the other side of the planet in two episodes worth of time? lol It could be some character that’s introduced this season for this exact purpose, I suppose.

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    9. The Sons of the Harpy make the most sense, especially as they are in civilian clothing minus the ‘demonic looking’ masks.

      Also it looks like they are strangling an Unsullied in that specific scene.

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    10. Greatjon of Slumber:
      It does perhaps mean they’re getting into a lot of the political intrigue of the Dany plot, which could mirror some events in King’s Landing (and maybe even the Wall). If handled well, the internal squabbling could be a dominant theme of Season 5.

      True and well stated!
      Any ideas on a slogan for the season?
      “The Foundations of Chaos”
      “The Dance of the Dispossessed”
      “Of Beetles and Titans”
      “Dark Journeys and Desperate Rulers”

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    11. I think they’ll be the Sons, but man I badly want them to be Brazen Beasts and that we get the Shavepate. He’s certainly one of the more interesting Essosi characters, particularly if you believe Adam Feldman’s theories over on the Meereenese Blot.

      I do find it a bit ridiculous that we’ve had no news of new Meereenese characters being cast this season. Hizdahr alone is not enough to provide intrigue to the meereenese thread and do justice to this somewhat harshly criticised ADWD storyline. All we need is a Shavepate and Green Grace but I doubt we’ll get any of them.

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    12. This seems like a LOT of fussing about the caged dragons. What if

      Quentyn isn’t cut… he shows up as a minor role right at the start of the season, and provides Dany something to deal with for an episode or two.

      That is really me wishful thinking… I’m not attached the character at all, but I would really enjoy the dramatic new plot out of nowhere, dashed to pieces by the fact that dragons are…well.. dragons!

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    13. Hodor’s Bastard: True and well stated!
      Any ideas on a slogan for the season?
      “The Foundations of Chaos”
      “The Dance of the Dispossessed”
      “Of Beetles and Titans”
      “Dark Journeys and Desperate Rulers”

      “Words are Wind”
      “The Pale Mare and the Long-Winded Rose”
      “Of Brow-Beaten Bureaucrats”

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    14. Hodor’s Bastard,

      Maybe ‘All Men Must Serve’ as a natural follow on from last season. Would also allude to the rumblings of discontent with the powers-that-be and infighting in factions that will characterise the series in all areas (The Wall, Dorne, Mereen, The North…The Iron Islands…I wish!)

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    15. I think ‘a feast for crows’ would be the ideal title for season 5, as that is what happening. Everyone is trying to pick up the choicest parts of the power/kingdoms/wealth those who have fallen left behind.

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    16. Carne,

      Just realised Yezzan was the really obese one right? A noticeable change but hopefully they can make it work and the actor seems quite humble.

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    17. Abyss,

      Oh man, does that make me feel old! (well I am, but still….) I loved their excitment and honest answers. Maisie was great (were the other kids also actors? I don’t know this show, so….)

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    18. Faceless Frey,

      If you speak a Semitic language, or one close to Persian, or even some Turkic and Altaic languages, Meereneese names are all rather easy to pronounce….Though I suppose to some, the native English-speaking world constitutes “everyone.”

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    19. Regarding the masks looking the same vs different as in the ADWD: I don’t think they need all the different animals masks.

      That comes into play in the books mainly because fear of betrayal, of not knowing who’s behind the mask from one day to another. If Quentyn talks today with a jackal is it the same jackal as yesterday, that sort of thing. And we all know Quentyn is cut!

      I don’t think they need that for the show though.

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    20. TheTouchOfFrost,

      Seeing as how Hizdahr has already been introduced and his motivations have been changed significantly, I think Yezzan’s role will also be significantly changed. My guess is that Hizdahr will still be Dany’s husband, but I think Yezzan will be the petitioner who tries to re-open the fighting pits and he might also have ties to the Sons of the Harpy and take up some of the role played by the Green Grace and maybe the Shavepate. His casting call said that he was a wealthy slaver in Meereen who took significant losses when Dany freed the slaves (sounds like Book Hizdahr to me). Book Yezzan might be played by an extra, cast later or skipped over in the series. If Tyrion gets sold into slavery, it might not be necessary to see the slave master more than once or twice before he makes his escape.

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    21. Darren,

      I think you’re right and it’s not impossible that he’ll take on the role of Tyrion and Jorah’s master too. Doesn’t look like they’re going to include the Pale Mare storyline so they can find another way for him to die. Must admit that I think I’ll kind of miss the unique image of a hideously obese slavemaster as it’s got some great symbolism. Ah well have to go and watch Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi again for that fix!

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    22. Does anybody think that maybe the tavern could be the Purple Lotus?

      Also, I’m glad to see some familiar “faces”. I never really posted before, well except maybe once or twice on WIC.net, but I followed your comments and I always enjoy what you all have to say, unless of course it’s something I DISAGREE WITH!!!! nah I’m just joshing (anyone remember people using that? do people still say that? “I’m just joshing with you, bro” “Hey, I made out with your sister, nah, I’m just joshing” “Jeez, why does Greg have to josh with me all the time?” “Just ignore him, Tina, he’s just a josher” ” Yeah, and a lousy one at that” “hahahaha” “hahahaha” “hahahaha” “hahahaha” “lets do some blow in the bathroom” “oh gawd yes!”) no but seriously, I enjoy all of your comments and when I found out that everyone moved to here, I had to join the bandwagon. So thanks everyone for…. for…. uh…. thanks for liking something I like too….

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    23. I’m really interested to see how they handle all of the intrigue in Meereen. They have a lot of material to work with.

      It’s kinda funny because I never gave the brazen beasts much consideration at all in a dance with dragons. However after multiple rereads of Dany’s chapters I have to say that there does seem to be a lot going on.

      In the books I’ve started to really like the brazen beasts and sympathize with their position a little bit. I wonder how much they’ll be changed for the show.

      But anyways nice pics. The masks looks like they could be kinda cool.

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