Game of Thrones cast gathers for wrap party—but will season 8 filming continue?

Historically, Game of Thrones parties can get pretty wild

Historically, Game of Thrones parties can get pretty wild (Photo: showrunner David Benioff reacts to wife Amanda Peet kissing former cast member Pedro Pascal at 2015 Emmy Awards)

Game of Thrones production is winding down in Belfast, as June is likely when it all ends. Indeed: the end is nigh! But don’t worry: it’s good news; it means we’re closer to season eight… the last season of Game of Thrones ever. Okay, maybe it’s a bit bittersweet.

I’m sure that will be the general feeling tonight—lots of laughter and tears— as the cast joins in Belfast for a party before, soon enough, everyone has to go their separate ways. Some cast members have already been sighted in the city, and more are on the way!

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Con of Thrones exclusive: Joe Dempsie on his hoped-for Season 8 duo, Gendry’s marriage prospects, and more

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Actors: they’re just like us. They have favorite movies, they ride the subway — and they really want the long-hyped Cleganebowl to happen.

“Definitely the Hound and the Mountain,” Joe Dempsie said in an exclusive interview with Watchers on the Wall during last weekend’s Con of Thrones, when asked which duos he’d like to see meet up in Game of Thrones Season 8. “They’re either saving it for something epic, or it will be one of those things they won’t be able to fit in, but I’d really love to see it.”

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Game of Thrones Season 8 News Roundup: Set Visits, Charred Sets & Set-Sized Dragons

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Con of Thrones 2018 has come and gone in what must have felt like an uneventful week for those in the Watchers on the Wall community who couldn’t attend the convention. For those of us who were there, however, or at least for me, it feels like a lifetime since I last brought you the latest filming news. Yet here we are, back into the swing of things! Con of Thrones content, in particular interviews with the cast, will be coming in the days to come, but meanwhile let’s see what we missed on this last week we were all busy going from panel to panel and meeting so many wonderful people, shall we?

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Fandom-Wide Survey Ratings for Game of Thrones Revealed – Part 1!

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By Chris Wright, aka James Rivers, with Petra

Results of the Game of Thrones survey posted in April here at Watchers on the Wall — and discussed Sunday at Con of Thrones — support the idea that A Song of Ice and Fire readers find the show’s more recent seasons less compelling than do non-book readers

However, respondents overall found book-based storylines more effective than those largely created for the show.

With help from Petra, I’ll look below at opinions on how the show handled 10 plotlines, including Jaime’s trip to Dorne and Sansa’s return to Winterfell. Viewers’ emotional reaction to certain events will be revealed, as well as the show’s most-missed book characters. We also reveal how respondents ranked the seven seasons. Do book readers rank them in the same order as show-only folks? Let’s find out!

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Announcing the Winner of a Limited-Edition Game of Thrones Print from Classic Stills!

Photo: HBO/Classic Stills

Photo: HBO/Classic Stills

Thanks to the folks at Classic Stills, our latest Watchers giveaway featured a Game of Thrones prize worth $1000: a Game of Thrones: The Hall of Faces fine art print! The extremely limited-edition and officially licensed new 26″ x 40″ framed print features images from the Season 6 Hall of Faces campaign. One lucky winner will be taking home the print featuring Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Robb Stark, Sansa Stark, Oberyn Martell, Cersei Lannister, Joffrey Baratheon, Jaime Lannister, Tyrion Lannister, Ned Stark, Arya Stark and Catelyn Stark.

We’re thrilled to announce the winner is…

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Season 8 Setpiece Battle Shoot Continues with Epic King’s Landing Bird’s-Eye View

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The Spanish shoot for the last season of Game of Thrones is behind us and what’s ahead of us won’t last for much longer. With filming nearly finished, it appears production is now re-focused on Belfast’s fictional neighbourhood, the streets of King’s Landing, with the crew shooting its newly demolished wall from an epic bird’s-eye view.

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Emilia Clarke on Game of Thrones and gender equality; Weapons Specialist Natalia Lee on Season 8; New VFX video!

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Emilia Clarke has been noticeably absent from filming in Seville this past week, but perhaps we can chalk it up to her incredibly busy schedule promoting her new film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. Clarke is currently in France for the Cannes Film Festival, but she did take some time to discuss Game of Thrones at the Kering Women in Motion talk.

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Filming might have finished in Seville; Classic GOT location returns in Season 8!

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We have been following the Dragonpit shoot at Itálica’s amphitheater for about a week. While most of the Game of Thrones cast enjoyed themselves in Seville, we’ve been speculating about what could unite so many characters. There is also the perhaps well-founded paranoia that some of these actors were actually there to misdirect us. But all of that may be over now, as we suspect filming in Spain may have wrapped early!

Before moving down to Spain, however, let’s catch up with Northern Ireland…

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