Game of Thrones is deep into its midwinter Icelandic shoot, yet precious little has leaked from this sparsely populated island in the middle of the ocean… perhaps because it’s a sparsely populated island in the middle of the ocean, and the HBO production is filming in the least habitable locations around. Nevertheless, sometimes leaks are inevitable: Kit Harington has been sighted, coinciding with some very important filming.
We have been able to garner some precious information from the show’s stay in Iceland: The show filmed for a day at Svínafellsjökull, later followed by another at Reynisfjara. These two days of filming may appear to be too few, considering Game of Thrones has been on Iceland for two weeks now, and that’s probably because they are too few. Realistically, such a schedule makes little sense, so we should consider most filming may have gone unnoticed, for reasons described above (Big ocean, small place, few people.)
Today, we bring another piece of information to help you piece this puzzle together: Last Friday night, on the 20th, Kit Harington was spotted back in Iceland.
Remember the other night I was excited about how the Universe works in your favor well here it is! Came to Iceland for several reasons (on bucket list) but now that I’m hooked on #GameOfThrones thought it was time to visit before the start of new season. Came looking for winter and I found it! Look at my face, jajaja. Turns out I met #JonSnow (Kit Harington) and best part we’re staying in the same hotel. #winterishere
Harington had already traveled to the country for Svínafellsjökull, but left soon after. We didn’t know if he would return, and it wasn’t clear whether he was involved in the shoot near Vík. Now it’s clear the actor was in the country when this filming took place.
His presence neatly fits with our theory about the Reynisfjara scene. However, as it’s based on season seven spoilers, please beware: There are major spoilers ahead!
This scene involved two boats arriving on shore… Two boats that shared a remarkable resemblance to the ones in which Jon Snow and his crew departed Dragonstone. Considering the actors sighted in Iceland around that day of filming, we are increasingly sure the scene involved Jon Snow and his crew arriving at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. In this dangerous quest beyond the Wall, they will face the White Walkers and their dead army. The look of the location, pictured at the top of the article, supports this speculation too: The Black Sand Beach and the cliff near which the shoot took place seem perfect for the Night’s Watch outpost at the Shivering Sea and the eastern edge of the Wall.