This is a spoiler-ridden post. Unsullied, be warned.
After some previous unconfirmed reports, it is now quite clear that Littlefinger will return to King’s Landing in Game of Thrones season 5. From a book reader’s perspective, this introduces a whole host of speculation into the fold, as Baelish was still very much in the Vale when he was last seen in A Feast for Crows.
Aidan Gillen was photographed by some fans in Dubrovnik last week. While the context of his scene(s) is unknown, he was very much present in the city specifically for filming as Littlefinger, as evidenced by the picture above.
Massive spoilers for a key scene below the cut.
A WatchersOnTheWall source has divulged quite a bit of information on the filming of King’s Landing scenes over the last few weeks, with a particular focus on Cersei’s Walk of Shame.
Of note are the following points:
- The High Septon (the High Sparrow’s predecessor, reprised once more by Paul Bentley) WILL appear in season 5. He shares a scene with Cersei, Meryn Trant, and Margaery.
- To begin the Walk of Shame, the High Sparrow makes an announcement to a crowd of peasants. Cersei is escorted before him by three septas, who rip her ragged clothes from her body. Her hair is short and her head bloody, as if clumps of hair have been torn out.
- When the Walk begins, she is escorted by six Faith Militant members, and the recently cast Septa Unella.
- Our source reports that Unella’s actress, Hannah Waddingham, is reminiscent of Mary Poppins (in a stern, tonally appropriate way), and sings considerably well. This is consistent with Waddingham’s well-established background in West End musical theatre.
- Unella – who is NOT the same septa as was photographed with Jonathan Pryce – rings a bell and repeatedly chants “Shame!”.
- The scene was filmed multiple times – with Lena Headey, with a body double, and with a moving green screen and lighting equipment. The double was nude, while Lena wore a skin-colored dress.
- As they approach the Red Keep, Cersei’s Faith escort comes to a halt. An entourage of gold cloaks and Lannister guardsmen lines the entrance to the Keep, its presence preventing the crowd from coming any further. Qyburn, The Mountain in Kingsguard armor, and a man reminscent of (but still unconfirmed as) Kevan Lannister wait just inside the entrance. Qyburn cloaks Cersei upon her entry, and the doors close.
Our source assured us that the atmosphere was very The Passion of the Christ-esque. The scene certainly reads as though it will be extremely difficult to watch. Thoughts?