New Game of Thrones season 5 filming details about Dubrovnik and casting

Dubrovnik

After spending some time on Northern Irish beaches, shooting for Game of Thrones season 5 will soon begin in Croatia. According to The Dubrovnik Times, public casting for extras will take place in Dubrovnik on August 7th.

Filming in Dubrovnik will take place from late September to mid-October.

A fan shared his chance meeting with Night’s Watch actors Kit Harington, John Bradley, Ben Crompton and Owen Teale on Instagram.  This all but confirms that Owen Teale will indeed be returning as Alliser Thorne.

Also, a very specific casting call has gone out for a trained, bearded blacksmith. The man in question will be filming on August 18th and 19th.

And lastly, it looks like Carice van Houten is done filming for the moment. Is this it for the season or will she be back for more shooting this year?


Cian: This is a lot to take in at once. The Walk will presumably be filmed in Dubrovnik during the stated time. Also, the blacksmith casting call is oddly specific. It’s a wonder they didn’t just throw a wig on Tommy Dunne and use him again.

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  1. Gotta remind myself to visit Croatia sometime, that place looks gorgeous.

    Hopefully we’ll get some juicy set pics soon to give us a few hints.

  2. I can definitely see Alliser Thorne taking on more of a Bowen Marsh-esque role as the series goes forward, especially after his begrudging acceptance of Jon’s tactics during The Watchers on the Wall (hey, that’s us).

  3. interesting, i wonder what the blacksmiths for. IMO theirs no need to have Noye now that his epic scene has past. I also don’t recall any other specialty swords/armour going forward.

  4. Do you guys really think Carice is done with Season 5? I mean, this year she probably has more scenes than all the other years, i doubt she shot everything she needed in less than a week.

    All these news are great! Oh, and I can’t wait until more pictures of shooting show up, specially when they start filming in Spain.

  5. I really don’t get this rumor that Carice is done filming for the season (unless there is more info than that tweet). Carice flying in for a bit of filming and then flying back (multiple times during filming) has been this way from season 2. So unless someone has more info than I’ve seen this is normal.

  6. Richard Horpe:
    I really don’t get this rumor that Carice is done filming for the season (unless there is more info than that tweet).Carice flying in for a bit of filming and then flying back (multiple times during filming) has been this way from season 2.So unless someone has more info than I’ve seen this is normal.

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s the case, too. Waiting for the “Amsterdam > Westeros” tweet!

  7. Good to have confirmation Owen Teale is back!
    Looking forward to a possible expanded role for him next season…

  8. Cian: Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s the case, too. Waiting for the “Amsterdam > Westeros” tweet!

    Anyone who followed her twitter in previous years knows that she always tweets before she goes to Belfast and when she leaves. She and Liam Cunningham usually say “Amsterdam-Westeros” or in his case “Dublin-Westeros” when they travel back and forth throughout shooting. Though we may not get another tweet from her just yet, shooting goes on to November. I’d be surprised if she doesn’t have a handful of dates left to shoot between now and then.

    EDIT: Really, if we want a definitive answer, someone could just tweet her and ask.

  9. Everything seems to be pushed back a bit this year, looking at these filming timelines. In that EW interview soundcloud nym sand linked on another thread, D&D said they expected filming to finish in mid-December, whereas for Season 4 they’d wrapped by November 21st. Given how much post-production work is required, does that mean that the premiere for GOT will be pushed back as well?

  10. MM,

    Maybe or maybe not. It’s possible (even probable) that they want to film many more scenes during winter time than they did in previous seasons.

  11. In that EW interview soundcloud nym sand linked on another thread, D&D said they expected filming to finish in mid-December

    Good news for a real vibe of autumn / nearly winter !!!

  12. jentario,

    True.
    I think I will be more concerned if they film the big battles or dragon scenes very late in the production season. Those scenes could require a lot of VFX and that can take time.

  13. Doloruos Edda,

    Nice.
    EDIT: Wait! Does that mean they’re already filming Dorne? Did we see sightings of the new actors from the casting video at Comic Con?

    Darquemode,

    The Daznak Pit is being filmed in October, so that’s fine, and the big battle in the ice was meant to be filmed in November in Iceland so I guess it’s still set for November (which is the same as the battle from season 4, so that’s fine).
  14. Greenjones: Anyone who followed her twitter in previous years knows that she always tweets before she goes to Belfast and when she leaves. She and Liam Cunningham usually say “Amsterdam-Westeros” or in his case “Dublin-Westeros” when they travel back and forth throughout shooting. Though we may not get another tweet from her just yet, shooting goes on to November. I’d be surprised if she doesn’t have a handful of dates left to shoot between now and then.

    EDIT: Really, if we want a definitive answer, someone could just tweet her and ask.

    its not like she`s going to answer or even notice (:

    https://twitter.com/Stephhibb/status/495958503585226752

    OmG GVNFDIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIFFFFFFFFFFFFFFIOEWOLMJB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *__________* !!

    Indera Varma is with them !! *suddenly I remembred Obreyn ): Brb crying*

  15. but wait why in Belfast ? *___* seven safe us !!

    isnt she supposed to be in her way back to dorne

    ? *brb continue crying T_T*

  16. jentario,

    Good to know.
    I think I had read some of that, but hadn’t put it together or compared dates…. Thanks.

    Sue the Fury,

    Awesome!
    Maybe we can glean exactly how a few scenes will play out.

  17. MM:
    Everything seems to be pushed back a bit this year, looking at these filming timelines. In that EW interview soundcloud nym sand linked on another thread, D&D said they expected filming to finish in mid-December, whereas for Season 4 they’d wrapped by November 21st. Given how much post-production work is required, does that mean that the premiere for GOT will be pushed back as well?

    That gives me some hope that the Winterfell scenes won’t be done until late in shooting meaning we could still get news of Manderly/Dustin/Glover casting.

  18. I wish we could have some pictures for our good actors from the sets in their customs and all , I hope someone will sneaka picture soon

  19. The linked casting call says “Experience Requirement: None” (presumably, no acting experience is required). A background character. His scenes will film in No. Ireland. Maybe something to do with Gendry? No hints on Joe Dempsie’s Twitter account.

    Glad that Owen Teale is back.

  20. WeirwoodTreeHugger,

    That gives me some hope that the Winterfell scenes won’t be done until late in shooting meaning we could still get news of Manderly/Dustin/Glover casting.

    Ack I hope so!
    I am so uncertain about which arcs will make the series, but that one has to…
    Doesn’t it?

  21. Darquemode:
    WeirwoodTreeHugger,

    Ack I hope so!
    I am so uncertain about which arcs will make the series, but that one has to…
    Doesn’t it?

    I am not so sure about lady dustin and glover but I will be so upset if lord wyman wasnt in . maybe they will replayce him by bringing back the great jon

  22. Darquemode:
    WeirwoodTreeHugger,

    Ack I hope so!
    I am so uncertain about which arcs will make the series, but that one has to…
    Doesn’t it?

    I hope so, too. We have to get some of the Northern lords.

    We have to see that the Northern houses are not sitting still for the Bolton-Frey nonsense. Since we did see Wendel Manderly at the Red Wedding – merman brooch and all – I have always assumed that Wyman would follow. He is such an unexpectedly powerful character. We may lose Dustin and Glover but we need a few Umbers at the very least. We can be introduced to Manderly in a different way – without the silly capturing Davos story line. But I need to hear him say “The North Remembers.”
  23. Wyman Manderly is the character I’m expecting the most this season !

    Imo, to make the Winterfell arc compelling, 4 new characters (plus featured extras) are required :

    Spoilers !

    – Wyman.
    – fArya.
    – A Northern Lord on the Bolton side.
    – A Northern Lord whose allegiance remains a mystery (and ends up on Stannis side).

  24. nym sand,

    Oh right!
    I did not mean every role from the arc needs to be there.. just the arc in general. Although I do like what Lady Dustin brings and would like to see her on screen. I assumed when they introduced Wendel Mandrrly at the Red Wedding that Wyman would appear later as well, but who knows!

  25. Arkash,

    Wyman, and a Jeyne Poole equivalent would be enough to carry this arc (with some featured extras as other Northern Lords) but I would of course love to see Lady Dustin. I’d also really like if they bring back the Greatjon and find a fitting excuse for his disappearance.

  26. if they brought Wyman Mandrely I`ll give free pies for all of you !!! stuffed with what your hearts desires

  27. It would be awesome if they could bring back the Greatjon. He made a strong impression and I could see casual viewers saying “hey I remember that guy!” I seem to recall the actor having some sort of troubles recently so maybe it won’t be possible.

  28. Sunfyre:
    It would be awesome if they could bring back the Greatjon.He made a strong impression and I could see casual viewers saying “hey I remember that guy!”I seem to recall the actor having some sort of troubles recently so maybe it won’t be possible.

    what kind of troubles ? I hope he is not sick or something

  29. nym sand,

    If this is the news Sunfyre means…
    Last year Clive Mantel was in a fight in a bar or hotel (I think). He had part of his ear bitten off as I recall, but I don’t think he is incapable of working.

  30. Owen Teale was fucking glorious this season. Hell, he was fucking glorious in S1. The man is fucking glorious.

  31. Rygar:
    Owen Teale was fucking glorious this season.Hell, he was fucking glorious in S1.The man is fucking glorious.

    Yes

  32. Darquemode:
    nym sand,

    If this is the news Sunfyre means…
    Last year Clive Mantel was in a fight in a bar or hotel (I think). He had part of his ear bitten off as I recall, but I don’t think he is incapable of working.

    Yes that was it. Still can’t believe the crazy coincidence. It’s a strange world.

  33. If Indira Verma is in Belfast, maybe she is filming with Jaime on the beach. They could easily CGI the beach to be a desert like they did with the Red Waste in season 2. So Jaime could escort Ellaria back to Sunspear with Ser Cregor’s head. Could be.

  34. Sunfyre,

    I wouldn’t grumble if the Greatjon took Manderlys role but I could also see them using

    the Last Hearth as Skagos for where Osha and Rickon are potentially hiding out…although I’d prefer to see the sialnd itself

    . Hmmm the speculation fun continues!

  35. Ragman’s Harbor:
    If Indira Verma is in Belfast, maybe she is filming with Jaime on the beach. They could easily CGI the beach to be a desert like they did with the Red Waste in season 2. So Jaime could escort Ellaria back to Sunspear with Ser Cregor’s head. Could be.

    This seems likely. If they could make Antrim look like the Dothraki Sea, they can do anything.

  36. Sunfyre,

    Already going to be a pretty tight season and I’d rather live in hope that there’s going to be the Greyjoy boys this season and

    Osha and Rickon reentering the fray can wait until Season 6 or even 7

    . More will become clear when WoW comes out I guess.

  37. So people aren’t aloud to go to Amsterdam unless they are completely finished filming for the entire season? Is it because they will do drugs there?

  38. jentario:
    The Sunspear sets must look great judging by the Meereen throne room from season 4.

    Have they said anywhere whether or not they will be using interiors in Spain, or just exteriors? Never been to Spain, but understand that the Alhambra has some beautiful interiors–maybe the sites selected by the scouts have such interiors as well?

    REALLY hoping a couple of Manderlys get cast soon.

  39. Anyone else really scared of whats getting cut and added this season? No Manderlys or Greyjoys= No fun 🙁

  40. I don’t think it’s as unlikely as some of you think that all of Melisandre’s scenes were shot in one week.

    Remember in Season 3 all of Lena Headey’s scenes were shot in 2 weeks.

  41. I’m still trying to work out why they would possibly need a real blacksmith. Could it be there will be a scene on the Quiet Isle where they’re trying to shoe a recalcitrant Stranger instead of geld him? Hmmm…probably wishful thinking.

  42. Unbowed Unbent Unhodor,

    I’m worried but not given up hope yet! What they seem to be doing is tying new characters to old ones to bed them in. This could be done quite easily with the Greyjoys

    Kingsmoot with Yara, Balon being killed, maybe Euron or Vicatrion could meet and defeat Loras whilst they’re raiding the Reach which would also further Loras story of how he gets “injured” as I can’t see him going to Dragonstone now

    .

    Manderly could easily be tied into the Northern story if they wish as there’s a lot of characters up there.

    Could be a possibility that the finale of the Queenmaker plot takes place on the beach and not up in the mountains with the plotters planning on sailing off with Myrcella instead?
  43. Syrio,

    There’s a big difference between two weeks and five days. Especially since Lena’s season 3 screentime and Carice’s season 5 screentime should be similar. No way she’s done so early.

  44. I can’t imagine Wyman Manderley being cut, but they’ve surprised us before. He’s such a delicious character, and even if the “Frey Pie” aspect is dumped (and it may be), they need to have something for Davos to do other than stay at the Wall and argue with Stannis about Jon Snow, or have him exchange dirty looks with Melisandre. That could fly for a while, but given the time they’ve invested in the idea of looking for the remaining Starks, I’d think they keep him. I don’t see how the hell Robett Glover survives, he’s completely cuttable, and I never really got the love or interest in Barbary Dustin, as she’s also someone you can axe entirely. She’s “another perspective,” one supposes, but if they’re slicing away so much of the secondary houses stories – the Greyjoys, the Boltons, the Freys – there’s no way a tertiary house like hers even gets any time. Does it in any way inform on what Theon goes through? No, not really. Which makes it a total diversion.

    But having Wyman Manderley bellow at Davos, yell at his granddaughter and shoo her out of the room, and bake 3 hapless Freys into pie is just good fun, and the story could use a fun character like that. Filming goes on for a long, long, time, so it’s entirely possible he survives and is cast later. He’s one of those I would think D&D would want to preserve.

    Other reasons to keep it:

    –Preserves the general nature of Davos’s character: he’s a smuggler, and a man constantly on the move, who relates well to multiple characters.

    –It gives them an excuse to put him on a boat with Lucian Msamati’s glorious Salladhor Saan as he makes his way to White Harbor.

    –They cast a Wendel Manderley as an insurance move, even if they didn’t give him any lines, and it would be a good way to get him in there.

    Plus why not when you can cast BRIAN BLESSED! “GORDON’S ALIVE???!!?”

  45. jentario:
    Syrio,

    There’s a big difference between two weeks and five days. Especially since Lena’s season 3 screentime and Carice’s season 5 screentime should be similar. No way she’s done so early.

    Melisandre’s total screen time over the first 3 seasons: 37:49, that averages out to about 12.5 minutes per season.

    Cersei’s screentime in season 3: 23:17, about double of that.

    So unless Melisandre is getting screen time significantly more than she has been getting so far, which is possible but certainly not guaranteed, shooting her scenes in a week is not unreasonable.

  46. Syrio,

    I think she IS getting a lot more screen time this season. That’s what happens in the books. Also, your average Mel screen time includes season 4 where she barely appeared at all. That definitely won’t be the case in season 5. I’m willing to bet season 5 will be Melisandre’s biggest season yet by far.

  47. Syrio,

    The Edit button didn’t appear so I just posted another comment.

    I think now that Melisandre is at the Wall she overlaps in both Jon and Stannis scenes (and Jon has a decent amount of screentime). She’ll have a lot more screentime than usual, that’s for sure.

  48. Well, I will disagree, I don’t think she has that many scenes in the books and I don’t see her getting a lot of scenes.

    Her scenes will be important, but not that numerous. I expect her to be in a few scenes individually with Jon, 2 -3 max, and be involved in a couple of scenes in the background that focuses on Jon and Stannis interaction. But even those scenes don’t need her to be present for the entire shooting, all she needs to to appears in the establishing of those scenes, they can shoot the actually dialogue between Jon and Stannis without her present.

  49. jentario,

    That’d make sense. I’m wondering who thi smysterious horseman is going to be? May just be an extra but could it be an Arys Oakheart? Just get a real strong feeling that whoever this horseman is , he’s gonna get his head hacked off by Hotah!

  50. Ms. D. Ranged in AZ,

    That’s interesting as Osha and Rickon have really been off the radar for a long time. Maybe an update roughly of where they are ( a bit like the Night King stuff from S5) would be ok to keep them fresh in the viewer’s mind.

  51. I think it’s hard to say if Carice is done filming or not.

    It’s definitely not unheard of for an actor to fly home for a few days if there’s downtime in shooting. I know a show I used to watch films in Vancouver, Canada and the lead flys home to Los Angeles every weekend. That takes nearly twice as long as Belfast to Amsterdam. Some people can handle the back and forth. Or because of the shooting schedule maybe she has a couple of weeks off before going back to finish up shooting. I don’t know, she seems the type who would say when she’s done filming.

    I’m oddly curious about the blacksmith. Yeah, he’s probably just going to be a featured extra but I do think it could great if he was Donal Noye just because

    Then Stannis could have a “ghost” from his past, since Donal knew him as a kid. It could make for some great scenes

    but I’m not getting my hopes high for it.

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