Nikolaj Coster-Waldau spotted filming Game of Thrones in Portstewart

Portstewart Strand

Game of Thrones season 5 filming is well underway, with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau being the latest cast member spotted by locals.

It would appear that scenes are being shot on Portstewart Strand. Portstewart Strand is a two-mile long beach in Portstewart, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

In addition to this Jaime sighting, signs indicate that there may be additional scenes shot on August 6th & 7th.

Spoilers below the cut.

Cian: Nikolaj filming on a beach would seem to confirm the rumors about Jaime journeying to Dorne, with this scene in particular likely being his arrival. What do you think?

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    1. If Jaime was following the storyline of the books then there is no reason for him to be on any beach, so Jaime going to Dorne sounds a likely explanation.

      I forget, in season 2 was there any suggestion that Myrcella was accompanied by Arys? If not we are probably seeing a merging of the roles of Arys and Balon Swann through Jaime?

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    2. Safe to say at this point that Jaime’s AFFC arc is being axed. Personally didn’t find the whole travelling to castle after castle entertaining but the meetup with the Freys and the Riverrun plot I was looking forward to seeing.

      So the audition videos are true, Jaime is going to Dorne with Bronn?
      Perhaps Jaime or Bronn will be the ones to fight Obara.
      What’s the purpose of bringing him to Dorne though?

      All Hail the Wolf Girl:
      I forget, in season 2 was there any suggestion that Myrcella was accompanied by Arys? If not we are probably seeing a merging of the roles of Arys and Balon Swann through Jaime?

      There was a kingsguard member in the boat with her when Myrcella sailed off. His back was turned to the camera so we didn’t see his face, but I take it was supposed to be Arys. I guess now that Jaime is going to Dorne anyway, they don’t need him?

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    3. I’m going to assume that Jaime is being sent there either:

      1) To bring Myrcella back to KL
      2) To facilitate a marriage alliance between House Lannister and House Martell.

      Or both! Plus of course to take Gregor’s skull to Doran.

      Now I have to say Jaime and Doran scenes with Nikolaj and Alexander Siddig could be juicy!

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    4. Hodoreo,

      I’m guessing that he would be taking over for Balon Swann in bringing Gregor’s bones and attempting to smuggle Myrcella back to King’s Landing. From a storytelling perspective, they probably want a major character in Dorne to better hook that whole storyline into the rest of the setting.

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    5. Not looking forward to Dorne at all. Except maybe Doran.

      So much good content from the books that appears to be cut or changed, in order to make room for the “sexy badasses sand snakes”.

      Don’t show us filler content that involves Sand Snake #3 fighting Jaime.
      Give us the Greyjoys uncles, LSH, Manderly, the siege of Riverrun. You know, real good stuff. And don’t spoil TwoW. Please.

      Don’t know why I’m even writing this. All the bad decisions are already made.

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    6. Anyone know anything about Wyman the Pieman Manderly getting cast?
      He was a seriously enjoyable character in ADWD. I hope he isn’t cut.

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    7. I wonder if much of his book-arc will be cut though. It seems to me like he’ll probably only be in Dorne briefly (especially after D&D’s comments about the jet-pack). I have a feeling it will still look VERY different character-wise (after the omitted conversation/revelations of his exchange with Tyrion, it would have to).

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    8. If the Lannisters have any strategic sense ( doubtful really now!) then they will want to mend fences diplomatically with Dorne, and I can see Jaime being on a diplomatic mission.

      However, as per the books

      there is potential for a clusterf–k of gigantic proportions involving Myrcella leading to a change of priorities whereby the Lannisters and Martells are even more at odds, with Jaime having to get out of Dodge on mission Jetpack

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    9. All Hail the Wolf Girl,

      Yeah, at this point I’m pretty damn certain that Myrcella

      is going to bite the dust this season and Trystane will take up Quentyn’s arc. How that’s going to lead up to any part of Jaime’s Feast/Dance storyline is anyone’s guess.

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    10. the other guy:
      Not looking forward to Dorne at all. Except maybe Doran.

      So much good content from the books that appears to be cut or changed, in order to make room for the “sexy badasses sand snakes”.

      Don’t show us filler content that involves Sand Snake #3 fighting Jaime.
      Give us the Greyjoys uncles, LSH, Manderly, the siege of Riverrun. You know, real good stuff. And don’t spoil TwoW. Please.

      Don’t know why I’m even writing this. All the bad decisions are already made.

      Have to agree with you. I’m not really looking forward to the Sand Snakes at the expense of

      Arianne, Jon Con, Young Griff, and The Greyjoy uncles. From the leaked audition tape, the dialogue seemed campy (Tyene’s). I hope some sand snakes make it to Kings Landing soon this season. That would make it more interesting imo and it’s cannon.

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    11. Good point about Balon Swann. The Lanisters do send someone to Dorne in TWOW to recover Myrcella. This might not be a made up plot, but something brought in from a later point in the book, with Jaime taking Balon’s place.

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    12. Good point about Balon Swann.

      The Lanisters do send someone to Dorne in TWOW to recover Myrcella. This might not be a made up plot, but something brought in from a later point in the book, with Jaime taking Balon’s place.

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    13. Here’s what WIC poster ChrisMcD said a week ago in their Scrabo Tower report:

      “This is totally incorrect. **sigh** The signs led to Quintin Castle on The Ards peninsula. They were filming on the beach on Monday morning there. Filming moves on to Portstewart. I’m always sending @Axechucker information on Twitter and he never seems to get it! So who else should I send all my insider info to?”

      Link: http://winteriscoming.net/2014/07/23/signs-point-game-thrones-season-5-filming-underway/#comment-424638

      Looks like he was correct, and he might be a valuable source. Also looks like they never filmed at Scrabo Tower.

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    14. jentario,

      Quintin castle and Scrabo are an hour apart. It’s not like there would be confusion over which place the signs were pointing to. It’s completely possible both places were locations.

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    15. Sue the Fury,

      But the guy was pretty sure of himself when he said it… His name also links to a website that does GOT location tours, so maybe he has some connections? How else would he know about the filming in Portstewart?

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    16. personally I was ridiculously disappointed with Jaime’s affc/adwd chapters so I’m glad they’re changing it

      a chapter standing vigil? a chapter meeting Devan Lannister? a chapter at Castle Darry with Lancel? a chapter at Raventree? The only things that were probably meant for ADWD were his Tywin's funeral chapter, freeing Harrenhal on the way to Riverun and then Riverrun, and probably Brienne and Stoneheart but it was cut short before it went anyway.

      and out of that actual content? He changes path from the redemption arc we saw in aSoS to become "Tywin's son"? Banishing Freys and threatening to kill everyone in Riverrun just so he can be successful?, I was not about that!

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    17. I do think Jaime’s arc will be drawn mostly from TWoW this season. I think we’ll see him travel to The Vale after his Dorne arc. Maybe this scene is of him landing in The Vale, not Dorne. I don’t think it makes sense to film exterior scenes for Dorne in N. Ireland. I predict Jaime will die in a fight with Brienne over Sansa. Or maybe it’ll be a redemptive death, where he dies so Sansa can be saved by Brienne.

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    18. Nice to read your first post up here, Cian! Welcome.

      I hope J. in D. is a satisfying storyline. Seeing as it’s an original detour, the standards are usually higher and the critiques harsher.

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    19. I was really hoping that that audition scene dialogue was just made up to avoid actual plot points getting out, but I guess not. There’s potential for some good character interaction here, but they tend to overdo it to the point where it takes up time from other plots (Tywin/Arya for instance), so I hope that doesn’t end up happening here as well.

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    20. jentario:
      Sword of the Morning,
      The place looks like a beach. It can easily stand for Dorne (especially if they CGI some backgrounds in).

      Well the only argument against arrival at Dorne would be that if Jaime were on an official mission he would land at Sunspear port, not some beach unless he were on a covert mission (seems unlikely as he’d surely be recognised by someone), or got shipwrecked. Or he is having to make a hasty escape in secret…

      As far as we know they are only using a couple of specific locations in Spain, and haven’t been spotted at coastal locations, a Croatian beach would fit just as well too…

      It wouldn’t take much post production to make Portstewart Strand look more Dornish – except for the vagaries of Northern Irish weather…

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    21. jentario,

      Because usually a week or so before a show or movie films on a big public site, they have to post a notice informing people of their intention to do so. It’s like the sign Cian linked in the post.

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    22. I think I remember seeing a white cloak inthe boat when Myrcella sailed off but it was subtle if it was there.
      Not really sure how the Jaime thing is going to pan out. I think he should really be going to deliver the Mountain’s head and then attempt to get Myrcella back but the Dorne stuff really needs to happen quite early in the season otherwises it’s potentially going to hold up a load of other things.

      Jaime abandoning Cersei before her Penance Walk, things in the Riverlands, etc

      At the moment the only things I’m relatively certain of are;

      – Jaime fails to get Myrcella back to KL (whether she dies or not is up in the air) which is the catalyst for him and Cersei’s estrangement.
      – The Sand Snakes being the main antagonists in the Queenmaker plot.

      I’m not certain Bronn will be going with him as apparently they’re casting Lollys which they really don’t need to have on screen if Bronn isn’t hanging around KL. Hopefully he’ll stay as a pain in the rear for Cersei.
      Just hope Jaime doesn’t lose another sword fight to help give credibility to another character. Hoping all the subtle hints about him learning how to fight with his other hand ( Tywin’s dialogue about him being dyslexic but conquering it through commitment, Halfhand, etc) will help him claw back some repuation as a swordsman.

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    23. Just like to point out that if the “Queenmaker” plot was not in the books and the show decided to have Arianne or an amalgam of Sandsnakes along with a little group try and take Myrcella away only to be thwarted by Areo and brought back to Doran, they would be accused of including needless filler where the status quo isn’t really changed for the sole purpose of including an action scene.

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    24. King Tommen,

      I wouldn’t say that since there’s clearly a lot of character development (and it sets up Doran’s big reveal- be it to Arianne or Trystane in the show- and proves Dorne’s allegiance to the Targs) and of course there’s the whole Myrcella getting wounded thing which is definitely going to create conflict between Dorne and the Lannisters (especially if the show skips Aegon).

      I always liked that part in the books. There is a lot of filler in AFFC and ADWD (and thankfully the show will cut most of it) but I always argue that the Queenmaker plot isn’t part of it. I like that show is (seemingly) making more of an event out of it by involving other characters.

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    25. jentario,

      Agre. I liked that part in the books, too.

      The conflict between the Martells and the Lannisters will (hopefully) play a role in the events going forward. Wounded (or dead) Myrcella is an important piece of this conflict. Jaime going to Dorne with Gregor’s head (instead of Balon Swann) is a reminder of that conflict. I am really curious to see if Myrcella will die and/or if Trystane takes Quentyn’s role, goes to Dany and gets BBQd.

      As for what Jaime does after leaving Dorne…

      At some point, we are due a Jaime/Brienne/BWB meet-up, with or without LS. Whether its in the Riverlands or the Vale, I’m hoping to see it this season.

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    26. jentario:
      King Tommen,

      I always liked that part in the books. There is a lot of filler in AFFC and ADWD (and thankfully the show will cut most of it) but I always argue that the Queenmaker plot isn’t part of it. I like that show is (seemingly) making more of an event out of it by involving other characters.

      I found it enjoyable enough as well. I’m just pointing out that when people call show-only scenes “filler” that don’t change the status quo, they fail to recognize that there are plenty of these things that happen in the books as well and it doesn’t make these scenes in either medium useless.

      What people are really saying when they call these things “filler” on the show is that “this didn’t happen in the book, so it’s not important”. Just because something doesn’t have a direct line to driving the overall plot, doesn’t mean it’s not important. Jaime arriving in Dorne to introduce the audience to this world and interacting with these new characters is very important and serves a larger purpose even if it doesn’t push the plot forward to the degree some bookreaders believe it should.

      I could easily call Jaime’s little encounters in the Riverlands “filler”. What does it really accomplish plot-wise? It’s just giving him something to do before he runs into Brienne again, right? Or maybe, do some people like those chapters because they’re getting to see a different side of Jaime in the way that he’s interacting with other throwaway characters?

      The main point is reading about a deviation and immediately labeling it as “filler” is really shortsighted and inaccurate. If you wanted me to tell you what the point of both the Craster’s Keep mission and Arya’s Dreadfort run last season, I could give you plenty of reasons why that had nothing to do with the overall plot but were still important nonetheless.

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    27. King Tommen,

      I agree. Though I do think both Yara’s assault on the Dreadfort and the Craster’s Keep scenes could have been handeled better (and in a way that would make them seem less filler-y).

      Hopefully they’ll do a great job with this upcoming deviation (there are a number of examples throughout the seasons of siccessful deviations and I think this could be one of them).

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    28. jentario:
      King Tommen,

      I agree. Though I do think both Yara’s assault on the Dreadfort and the Craster’s Keep scenes could have been handeled better (and in a way that would make them seem less filler-y).

      Hopefully they’ll do a great job with this upcoming deviation (there are a number of examples throughout the seasons of siccessful deviations and I think this could be one of them).

      Problems with the execution are certainly there with those scenes (as they are sometimes in faithful book adaptation scenes) but I understand completely why they’re there and in terms of providing character building and motivation for the future, they accomplished what they needed to.

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    29. I thought the craster’s scene was a nice extra scene. If you read the books it feels fillerish, but watching it from a pure show pov I think it wasn’t fillerish at all.

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    30. Arkash,

      This. Last year she flew back and forth even more, often only for one day shoots. She was in Belfast for a week this time but that does not mean that she is done. Not in the least.

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    31. jentario,

      She’ll have more to do this year. It’s pretty safe to say that she’ll be back in Belfast to do some more for s5 though. I’ll keep a weather eye on her twitter.

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    32. I never got to see Trystane`s audition it was removed before I could watch it so if anyone has a link ? if no can someone tell me what was the script about in his addition ?

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    33. jentario:
      All Hail the Wolf Girl,

      Actually, it IS a covert mission. The Sand Snakes said he was smuggled into Dorne in one of the auditions.

      maybe jaime will try to kill trystane ??

      spoiler spoiler spoiler

      spoiler

      [ remember cierc`s mission to bring him and marcylla to kings landing then kill him on the road ? maybe jaime is going to do that part or maybe jaime is going to bring the mountain`s skull and bring marcylla back and when he see her face and missing ear he will go hunt who ever did this to her ]

      I am sorry i tried with the code but it didnt work ):

      a photo for john and kit
      http://instagram.com/p/rMz6U0wYwV/

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    34. jentario:
      All Hail the Wolf Girl,

      Actually, it IS a covert mission. The Sand Snakes said he was smuggled into Dorne in one of the auditions.

      OK thanks Jentario, I never heard that. In that case he is not going to be taking Oberyn’s remains and Gregor’s skull to Doran which is a shame. I’d love to see Jaime and Doran facing off in diplomacy with a lot of underlying and masked hostility!

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    35. All Hail the Wolf Girl,

      I think that’ll happen, minus the masked hostility. If Jaime is going to steal Myrcella back (and I don’t see any other reason for him to be in Dorne) we can only assume that he’ll just miss her as the Sand Snakes and Trystane set off on the crowning plot. I think he’ll meet Doran after finding out Myrcella is gone and then set off with Hotah to stop the Sand Snakes. Why send Jaime to Dorne at all if he won’t meet Doran?

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    36. jentario:
      nym sand,

      Is he rocking a pony tail or did he shave the glorious hair?!

      its a pony tail he start doing it a lot lately because his hair is very tall

      by the way there was an interview with the cast on EW radio and D AND D said they are going to spain in october

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    37. H. Stark:
      The remaining Night’s watch members

      http://bailarina-raven.tumblr.com/post/93633843205/knights-watch-johnsnow-squire-gameofthrones

      OMG !! Kit`s new style is very cool !!! can he keep it for the show ^*^ ? hahah just kidding (:

      jentario

      they said we warp up shooting s05 in med Dec and daved and dan argued about how to pronounce Sellvie *the city where they shoot in spain*

      mmmm and pedro talked about how they shoot his last scene and how Gwen and finn jones came to the set on a bike

      I think you can fine the full proadcast on *soundcloud* app > go to EW radio account * hope you find it

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    38. a href=”#comment-1785″>Sword of the Morning:

      Yes. D&D said in their interview that they would be changing the order of things in Dorne, which is why I am still holding out a slim hope that they will introduce Arianne eventually.
      That’s a beautiful beach! I thought it could be the Carolinas or North Florida.

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    39. It feels like D&D are trying to cover their asses, talking about changing the order of things, because they know people will be pissed about Arianne. Giving people a bit of hope. How could they introduce such a major character in season 6? It’s basically too late.

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    40. Sue the Fury,

      I thought the talk about changing things was due to the missing characters so they’re admitting that. Unless there’s something new that I’ve missed though. Trystane being the heir makes me think they aren’t trying to give any hope but are just basically confirming no Arianne.

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