A Possible New Location in Iceland; Another Game of Thrones Actor Returns for Season 7!

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Back in July, HBO officially confirmed that Game of Thrones would be returning to Iceland for the filming the of season 7, but there’s been no news whatsoever on locations there since then. In previous years, the country’s glacial vistas have served as scenery beyond the Wall, while some of the greener areas have stood in for portions of Arya and the Hound’s journey. With Game of Thrones delaying filming this year in hopes of more wintry settings, it seemed likely the show would head back to Iceland’s snowier sections but we couldn’t be sure.

Today however, we received a report from a reader who was traveling through the south of Iceland recently and found something interesting. Near the area of Stangarvegur, in the Gjáin valley, WotW reader Gary came across a set in the works and snapped a few photos.

Spoilers below the photos!

According to Gary, the set was found near a hydroelectric dam. The site is apparently “closed for construction” until November 2018, but this small area was the only construction taking place. As you can see, there is a fake icy-stone alley being constructed. A local shopkeeper close by the site also referred to the location as being for Game of Thrones, but obviously that’s not an official confirmation!

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Going on the assumption that this is indeed a Game of Thrones filming location, what could it be? Given the rumors we’ve heard about wights, a trip beyond the Wall this next season seems likely. An icy passageway like this could be used to help create part of a treacherous journey or fight.

Either way, we’ll keep our eyes on Iceland and this location in the coming months!


Meanwhile in Spain, location shooting continues in Seville. Filming didn’t quite wrap up at Italica when we initially assumed. We’ve learned from sources that Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Rory McCann and possibly others were still shooting in Italica as of yesterday, and there may be more work to be done. A possible overrunning of the shooting schedule? We’ve also heard that several of these members of the cast will be heading back to Belfast at the end of this week, and not part of the next block of Spain filming.

Shooting is due to start at other sites in Seville, and we’ve just learned that another cast member has turned up in Cáceres, the Extremadura province city and region that will host filming for about a month.

James Faulkner made a strong impression in season 6 as Samwell Tarly’s unbelievable jerk of a father Randyll Tarly in “Blood of My Blood.” Now, his return for season 7 has been more or less confirmed by a sighting in Cáceres.

The actor shared a photo of himself from Spain:

And one of the fans he met retweeted the photo with her tags indicating she’d met him in Cáceres specifically. (Instituto Dental IOS is the dental clinic he visited there.)

If there was any question, Faulkner also posted a photo of himself working with a horse yesterday, with the caption, “Randyll on the razzle…..with the ‘Duke'”:

The Cáceres area could play many roles, with its King’s Landing-like Old Town plus Tarly could take part in the Malpartida action as well. Los Siete Reinos reports filming for the Las Brenas scene will take only a few days, and will start shooting on Nov. 17th.

He’s not the first cast member to show up in the city- Jerome Flynn was spotted in Cáceres a few days ago.

Having trouble keeping all the dates and info straight? Check out Luka’s Season 7 Pre-Filming Report for Southern Spain, rounding up all the details.

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    1. Las Breñas being such a brief shoot is a shock. The flawed original report didn’t come from me or WOTW, but I did believe it and reported on it with gusto. I was sure this location in Malpartida would take most of the Cáceres shoot.

      Instead, just a few days! So the ambush will probably not be a big setpiece on-screen, even if in the story it’s supposed to be a battle (which I still believe.) I now wonder what may take most of the month of filming in Cáceres. The city’s Old Town as King’s Landing was my initial guess, but that seems like WAY too much time for the production to have one of the city’s landmarks and public squares closed down. So honestly I have no idea. The only alternatives I see are the following: The nearby Barruecos shoot will be the long shoot after all; Javi’s scoop is wrong and Las Breñas will take longer; there is some other unknown location; or they’ll take an unusual number of vacation days between filming locations. The whole one-month Cáceres shoot ceases to make much sense if most of it isn’t reserved for a big setpiece battle filmed in an empty field. The incongruity bothers me. I hope we get to clear this up for you guys in the coming days. Sorry if I hyped up the big set-piece battle too much. I was hyped up myself, based on all available evidence.

      The possible Iceland location looks great, though! I am looking forward to see true wintry locales again. Season 2 in particular had some amazing vistas. I hope we get some more of that, except with more budget to film on location.

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    2. Amazing photos, it looks like they’ve been working on this for a while now, everybody has been so focused on the frenzy in Spain, I completely forgot about Iceland.
      Maybe the passage will be a way for the White Walkers to cross the Wall without completely tearing it down. Whatever it’s purpose is, it will certainly have something to to with the Wall, there’s no two ways about it.
      I’ve also heard rumours that

      Kit and Emilia will be filming in Iceland in January

      altough there hasn’t been a confirmation of that yet.
      Really excited to see what happens, been waiting to see some movement up in the North. Thanks for the post Sue !

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    3. Well, that picture of the dam got me thinking about books and movies I’ve read/saw where a few men can hold an army back when in a enclosed space.

      If true, with the wight hunt and Jon and co. getting ambushed by the Night King this would be a great spot for the Night King to ambush. Have wights falling from up high and attacking maybe from one side. Jon and company holding down a shield wall or line as the numbers just keep coming…till Dany arrives to burn stuff. Would be a neat scene imo, especially if leaks true about Vis. I could totally see wights hanging onto dragon wings and jumping down from up high to force the dragon to crash.

      Also the last stand of Benjen could be done well here, he has that Flail if I recall.

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    4. Luka Nieto,

      Yeah, it does seem a bit weird… but we’ll just have to wait and see. I try not to hold on too tight to any preceiceived ideas because we really know so little (I haven’t read the leaks, though I’ve gleaned quite a bit from careless comments here…)

      Oh, and yay! for Randyll Tarly! Faulkner was excellent last season.
      I wonder if House Tarly is abandoning House Tyrell (well, Lady Olenna) and going over to Cersei… And how Sam’s story ties in with this…

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    5. First off, the Icelandic location looks simply stunning. Beyond the Wall scenes in season two were made even more beautiful by the natural landscape, and even the greener parts of the country we saw in season four were amazing. I can’t wait to see what goes on in the scenes there for season seven, and hope that we get quite a bit of screen time there.

      The departure of only some of the cast does suggest multiple scenes are being filmed in Italica (or that it is one large scene that they can film different cast members for separately). I can’t wait to see what this set looks like on-screen; the pictures of it that we saw before preparations started were awesome.

      Delighted to see James Faulkner back as Randyll Tarly – I hate the character in both the books and the show, but absolutely loved his performance. He completely nailed it as Sam’s emotionally-abusive dad, and I look forward to seeing more of him in season seven.

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    6. Irina Stark,

      Yeah, I immediately thought of the Wall as well.

      BTW, I’m not sure the sides of that cutting (canyon) are the work of the possible GoT crew. In my country, tunnels, road cuttings etc. are often sprayed with concrete to keep them from crumbling during the freeze-thaw cycles. That’s exactly how they look. A great look for GoT, anyway!

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    7. Oh wow those pictures of the icy passageway are interesting. And Faulkner with the horse is actually endearing. Never thought I’d say that about Randyll Tarly’s actor. 🙂

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    8. Mawk,

      That’s a good guess but I don’t really see how a dragon could fit in there. It looks pretty narrow. There are also a bunch of red and green markers on both sides, you can see them better in the second photo. Now I’m no technical expert but those are probably for CGI terraforming purposes, I’d imagine they would need a much bigger, more open space to bring a dragon in, maybe breathe fire from afar or in the air but they would need some sort of equipment to lift Emilia up that high. Do we have an engineer around here to shed some light on these photos ?

      Sue the Fury,

      Gary, you’re a superstar !

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    9. It’s good place to show us white walkers and army of wights marching on the Wall but it can also be good for fight against wights. It’s not open space and good room to actually defend themselves. It’s looking beautiful.

      Irina Stark,

      Only Kit. If Dany comes on dragons, it will be shoot in NI and not Iceland.

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    10. We’ve learned from sources that Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Rory McCann and possibly others were still shooting in Italica as of yesterday, and there may be more work to be done. A possible overrunning of the shooting schedule? We’ve also heard that several of these members of the cast will be heading back to Belfast at the end of this week, and not part of the next block of Spain filming.

      I can see Gwendoline, Rory and Lena going back to Belfast for their North and KL scenes. Kit will probably go back to London, since I don’t see much Belfast filming for him without Emilia or Peter there. And they will be needed for the ambush scene.

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    11. Geralt of Rivia,

      You’re probably right. That’s unfortunate, I was hoping we’d

      see her in the harsh northern environment this season but I think she’s just gonna be indoors in NI.

      Sue the Fury,

      Do we know which actors are going back to Belfast at the end of this week ? That might provide us with some clues though I imagine Emilia still has a lot of shooting left to do in Spain.

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    12. good to see that the last living Worst Father in Westros will be back. Probably will want to take Sam on a hunting trip.

      That Iceland location looks promising.

      Has there been any news of what’s up with Arya, Sansa, Bran or the other characters not filming in Spain?

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    13. Irina Stark,

      Last season her speech to Dothraki was shoot in NI, saw behind the scenes footage of her against green screen on this sort mechanical bull. 😀 Or maybe they’ll do both and she will have a bit of filming in Iceland but most of it will be done in NI for sure.

      Lannister vs Dothraki ambush sequence, so Emilia got some filming to do. Not all of it. Like Kit wasn’t at BOTB for everything. She’s got advantage that a lot of stuff with dragons is being shoot in NI at studios. But Emilia did said that she’s halfway done with filming.

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    14. I’m wondering if smaller parts of the ambush sequence or the scenes surrounding it weren’t already filmed in Belfast. Emilia posted a video from a windy field sometime in late Sep/early Oct that’s difficult to place if Dany reaches Dragonstone in the premiere. Could’ve been for a non-combat portion of the ambush scene.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Emilia ended up only spending a couple of days in Caceres (if she goes at all) before heading back to Belfast. Dany’s not a ground fighter, and most of the mounted dragon scenes are filmed in the studio, so I don’t see why they’d keep her in Spain any longer than absolutely necessary. Ditto for Peter and Nikolaj, although I expect the latter will hang back to film KL exteriors. It’s mainly the extras they need for the entire month.

      I also wouldn’t be surprised if Emilia isn’t required for the Iceland shoot. If she’s mounted the whole time, she could end up filming her entire involvement in that sequence in the studio in Belfast.

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    15. Not that surprised about the ambush in all honesty- I couldn’t envisage how that would take up very much screen-time. Perhaps there’ll be a larger battle in another scene, as I expected (hoped) that there’d be several battles in S7.

      As for the Iceland set…. it screams out to me as being the Wall after falling and/ or being breached, with some additional CGI of course.

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    16. As per instagram videos and photos of yesterday, Alfie Allen was shooting too, he arrived with Kit, Gwen, Liam and gave out autographs to girls on the fence with the others.

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    17. If the wall falls before the season is over, this looks epic enough to be a close up of a huge crack forming before it crumbles? That or a good location for a WW scuffle.

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    18. Isn’t the ambush shot in Barrueco de Arriba, where they will shoot from 14Nov to 22 Dec?
      I thought all the spoiler from start mentioned that the ” battle” will be shot by the sea.

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    19. I dont know if i beliave javi. Wotw sources said las brenas scene would take place from 14 november until 15 december, than this site HoY said the scene would e filmed from 19 november until 12 december. Now a new info….

      Someome is wrong and we hope is javi sources.

      And dont forget that emilia said in the emmy that s7 will have a epic huge battle. If she is not dumb as i think she is not, she wasnt refering to the big scene chasing a wight because everyone and their mothers know this chase is not a battle.

      Sue could try to discover this for us. Is so important. =)

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    20. After a shock that the world woke up to ..Not at all surprised about ambush ..
      Its always going to be like previous seasons episode 4 that dany gets .,a 10 to 15 mins scenes nothing more.

      So much for termed as ” A conqueror but not ruler ” ..

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    21. Aguero,

      It seems clear at this point that there’s been a small delay/overrun in filming in Spain due to the weather so that has caused a shifting of dates, so we have to take all dates with a grain of salt and not worry about them too much. The filming will happen.

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    22. So Samwell Tarly as Lord Paramount of the Reach pretty much confirmed?

      In the books, the Tarlys will likely betray/finish the Tyrells and be given the Reach. Randyll and Dickon will eventually be offed one way or another and the title will pass onto Sam.

      In the show, the Tyrells will likely go out with Olenna’s death and the Reach will be given to the Tarlys.
      S7 leaks:

      Randyll and Dickon get roasted (/S7 leaks) and the title passes onto Sam.

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    23. As always Iceland is full of beautiful locations

      And to think that this is the last time like we will see our cast in such locations like Spain and other places makes me sad ..

      Its a damn shame that a series as rich as this and a world as amazing as this with full of wonderful characters we love and love to hate is suffering from their own creators ..be it GRRM or D&D ..one is not quick enough or capable of meeting a deadline. ..while the other is rushing through the plot ..

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    24. Sue the Fury,

      I know that Javi is very trusted but he can be wrong and the month shooting can take place in Los Barruecos.. they only thing that changed is that Javi thought Las Breñas will be the location in Malpartida that the shooting will take place when it will be Los Barruecos,
      The mayor made announcements for 20 mil, 500 extras have been casted and are being trained for a week before the battle, and the spanish newspapers report that they test smoke fire and brought a dosen of horses in Los Barruecos

      http://www.elperiodicoextremadura.com/noticias/caceres/comienzan-ensayos-rodaje-juego-tronos-malpartida-caceres_975338.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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    25. Maggie,

      There are multiple locations in play in a small area, with all the extras recruited for all of those locations. It would be a mistake to assume this soon. I’m more cautious- and I also don’t try to cram all the news into one post. 🙂

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    26. Luka Nieto,

      I don’t see the problem here? It was reported that we will have 22 shooting days in Los Barruecos, so the big battle scenes will be filmed there – where’s the big news?

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    27. Green Chili,

      Los Barruecos =/= Las Breñas. They’re nearby, but not exactly the same thing.

      And yes, I know the long shooting period may simply happen in Barruecos instead. If you read the comment you just replied to, you know I considered that among the alternatives, given that they won’t film for long at Las Breñas 😉

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    28. Islandic location looks interesting. A crack in the Wall? Possibly. However, my first thought was a passage leading to the Bloody Gates of the Vale. I have already written, that the Vale story needs to be wrapped up somehow and preferably this season. First of all, from a purely political point of view: if Cersei manages to undermine Dany’s offensive by mid-season, her next target should be Jon and especially his allies. No way she can afford losing the Riverlands for the KITN: it would cut the Crownlands from her native Westerlands. Therefore Cersei will have to take actions to secure her grip over the Riverlands, as soon as Dany’s offensive slows down, and thet may lead to an attack on the Vale which now is as vulnerable as it can get. Not that vulnerable maybe, but Cersei will hardly get a better chance: Sweetrobin mentally unstable boy, the best men and commanders of the Vale are in the North, and Littlefinger may switch sides again, if that gives him an opportunity to climb one step up.
      Moreover, there could have been some foreshadowing: in S1 Bronn claimed that he could take Eyrie; in S4 Sweetrobin threw a glass mocking-bird Littlefinger presnted to him through the Moon Door, etc.
      So, what if

      the wight hunt will be performed by secondary characters like Beric, Thoros, Sandor, etc., [\spoiler] whereas the KITN will be doing more kingly things: namely blockingCerseii’s forces in that pathway leading to the Bloody Gates? BTW, Dany may arrive there too. Just a specullation…

      As for Bronn and Randyl being at the ambush site, no surprise: they are supposed to be there. I wonder where is Jaime (NCW)? Still in the Dragonpit? Maybe, but I won’t be surprised, if he doesn’t show up.

      And interesting news about Casères, but it’s probably worth to wait for more information.

      Thank you WotW.

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    29. My favorite moment was that scene in S6 finale, when we see baby Jon in Ned’s hands and the music is slowly rising, and the camera zooms in on Jon’s eyes and when the music is at it’s peak, we see the present adult Jon. Still gives me the goosebumps

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    30. I’m getting a Photoshop vibe from the Iceland photos, and all that equipment was just sitting there unattended? Yeah sure.

      Though I’d love to be proven wrong!

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    31. Aditya:
      My favorite moment was that scene in S6 finale, when we see baby Jon in Ned’s hands and the music is slowly rising, and the camera zooms in on Jon’s eyes and when the music is at it’s peak, we see the present adult Jon. Still gives me the goosebumps

      Wrong article.

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    32. Luka Nieto: Las Breñas being such a brief shoot is a shock. The flawed original report didn’t come from me or WOTW, but I did believe it and reported on it with gusto. I was sure this location in Malpartida would take most of the Cáceres shoot.

      In my opinion it never really made any sense for them to spent so much time and have such a big set piece for an ambush. It doesn’t seem as if this ambush will have huge consequences towards the story. So it wouldn’t make sense for them to invest so much time, money and energy into something that doesn’t seem that important.

      The Battle of the Bastards is very different by comparison. It was a big and meaningful fight for the Starks and their survival, we saw a Stark die (a minor one but he was a Stark). The Battle of the Bastards was meaningful and a game changing fight, this ambush does not seem to be in that category, so there is no reason to spent so much time and money on it.

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    33. Kosten,

      How will Sam get out of his Night’s Watch vows (“hold no lands…” etc.)? Doesn’t he care anymore (because of Gilly?)?
      I don’t think he’ll die and be ressurrected and get out like that, lol. Will a suitable monarch “pardon” him? (There’s some indication at least in the books that that can be done.)

      I’m not against Sam coming to his inheritance as a big f*** you to his bullying father, though I also kind of like the idea of him becoming a maester who writes down the true history of the wars… (He won’t have time to become a maester within the scope of the show but maybe later.)

      BTW, I haven’t read the leaks, so anybody replying, do not refer to them, please.

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    34. The first thing that came to mind about that icy passage was the entrance to the Erie. But it could also be beyond the wall or through the wall.

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    35. Catspaw Assassin,

      I know what you mean, those cliff faces look almost painted on, but if you spray concrete on quarried rock (tunnels, road cuttings etc.), that’s what it looks like, especially if low, soft sunlight is falling on parts of it (November in Iceland, the sun is very low). I’m not suggesting the GoT team sprayed the concrete, it’s a technique used in countries where there’s repeated freeze-thaw.

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    36. Inga:
      I have already written, that the Vale story needs to be wrapped up somehow and preferably this season.

      What Vale story? The writers relocated everything they wanted to use from the Vale up to the North. The only thing still there is Robin Arryn, and he’s a super-minor character who doesn’t have a story of his own.

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    37. Luka Nieto,

      I know that these locations are different, that’s why I mentioned it.

      And we had reports before and even photos of the stables built in Los Barruecos for the large number of horses that will be used, didn’t we? (Of course they could just keep the horses in Los Barruecos and transport them for filming to the smaller area Las Breñas)

      But is there an reason to doubt the dates and details reported by Hoy?

      Anyway, whether shot in location A or B, there obviously will be a big battle scene shot with hundreds of extras and dozens of horses, over a period of more than 20 shooting days…

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    38. Aditya,

      Me too!! I thought the whole TOJ scene was fantastic from start to finish! There was someone on Youtube (Im sure more than one person has done it) who put all the TOJ scenes together as one shot ending on the closeup of adult Jon Snow….its incredible! Im such a sap, everytime I see that scene with Lyanna and Ned (and baby Jon) I cry my eyes out LOL

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    39. Emilia Stark: If the wall falls before the season is over, this looks epic enough to be a close up of a huge crack forming before it crumbles?

      Yes, that’s what my first reaction is too of the photos posted above! The Wall cracking, then crumbing and falling will be a very epic moment for the entire series! They may want to show it in slow motion as it happens, followed by WWs and their army crossing through. I think Iceland will stand in for both the wight hunt and the Wall falling. We will know at some point, if Podeswa (7.07) is seen there.

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    40. I believe this shopkeeper is right and this is indeed a GoT set being built. Once again, those bloody leaksare looking more and mor as the real deal.

      At least the leaks concentrated on Jon and Dany, so we did not get all the details about the Winterfell crew for example. That being said I believe

      daddy Tarly will refuse to follow Lady Olenna and will join lannister forces and drag his heir to this battle. The ambush will be a blood bath. We all know Dany is not very keen in forgiving traitors and that the targaryen´s way of execution is with Fire. The timeline is the tricky part

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    41. Jenny:
      talvikorppi,

      Well no because the institution will be done.Without the wall there is no point.

      The Wall itself technically doesn’t end the Night’s Watch. It’s the end of the purpose for The Wall. It’s the result of the confrontation between the living and the NK that determines whether there will be a NW. If the NK, the WW and the wights are eliminated there is nothing remaining to defend against. If they’re just driven back or into hibernation then The Wall may be rebuilt, if it is destroyed, and the NW would carry on. I don’t think most believe that will happen though.

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    42. Sean C.,

      I agree that Robin is a super minor character – so far, but he become a wild card and play a pivotal role in Littlefinger’s and/or Sansa’s story, for instance. And also note, that the overall story moves towards the destruction of all great houses: Barateons gone, Tyrells almost gone, Martells gone (Sand Snakes are not Martels and they will be taken out anyway), Greyjoys won’t survive next season, Lannisters will die out with Tyrion, and Stark girls will either die or mary, Bran’s future is unclear, but hardly he will become a new warden of the North, Tullies may survive, but they are in a lower league, etc. All in all, Westeros is clearly being moved towards centralization and probably enlightened absolutism, which was the path England and France took after the 14th-15th feuds. And Robin Arryn is the last descendent of those wardens (earlier kings) who were able to muster armies of their own and successfully challenge the crown. So, his story has to be wrapped up either this season, or next. He is the last spoke of the wheel Dany intends to break.

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    43. Catspaw Assassin:
      I’m getting a Photoshop vibe from the Iceland photos, and all that equipment was just sitting there unattended? Yeah sure.

      Yeah, some of those look photoshopped, especially the ones taken from above. But I don’t think they really are.

      this small area was the only construction taking place. As you can see, there is a fake icy-stone alley being constructed.

      Wait, so they delayed filming so they could have wintry conditions and are going back to Iceland, only to construct a big ol’ fake icy alley instead of using the country’s natural landscape? Seems kinda dumb. I can only assume this ice alley is only part of what they will use for the wight hunt and the rest of the expedition will use the beautiful locations like they did in S3. Or, like was suggested, they’ll use this alley to film the breaching of the Wall. That actually makes more sense.

      I’m bummed that part of the cast will be leaving Spain soon. I figured most of them wouldn’t be needed for the next part of filming but I enjoyed seeing them all together. Although, if those actors do go back to Belfast for filming, maybe we’ll get spoilery set photos of them again (PAP4U, where are you?). And maybe we’ll even get a glimpse of the Winterfell cast again. And Tormund.

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    44. I wonder who was the one who leaked the plot? With everything coming true I have to say it must have been D and D!!! 😉 😉 😉 …

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    45. Well, whatever happens, I have a feeling by the end of the story there won’t even be (any need for) a Night’s Watch anymore.
      No watch, no vows, Sam could easily inherit.

      I mean who else is going to rule the Reach? The show just can’t keep avoid these questions and blatant power vacuum forever – assuming the existing social order will survive, of course.

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    46. The first thought that came into my mind seeing the wall was that red sea being parted. I can see the Night’s King making way for his army to crossover.

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    47. Jack Bauer 24:
      Weather conditions in Iceland will be horrible in January and February. How do they plan on filming there?

      Awful conditions may well be what they are looking for; if it is meant to be winter south of the Wall, it must be even worse on the northern side of it. Yes, it would be a nightmare for the crew, but it would work for the effect they are after. And maybe they think they can get it better through actual filming than through CGI?

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    48. It was a few miles uphill from the main power station. I took the photos and am just going on word of mouth. The photos were not photo shopped. It was a Saturday and no one was working. I just drove right past all the do not enter signs.Hopefully it’s a location. I guess we will wait and see.

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    49. talvikorppi:
      Kosten,

      I see your point. But if that’s what the show creators want to happen, they’ll devise an elaborate plotline to make sure it happens, ie the war with the WW may mean no one gives an F about the NW and it’s vows anymore. Plus, look at Jon who’s abandoned his vows twice and took up with a Wildling girl. Some members of the NW have been executed for far less.

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    50. Ooh.. I wonder if this scene will depict the collapse of the wall?

      And doesn’t Sam’s dad look like great fun in real life.

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    51. Green Chili,

      We know the site is part of an independent construction project, for a power station (It says so in the article.) As for the indirect source, the reason Sue reported this as rumor and not fact is precisely because of its lack of total reliability. The article already explains the construction is part of an existing project, and postulates it may be a GoT location based on an unreliable source. So, I’m sorry, but I must admit I don’t really get what you’re trying to correct; What you explained, doubts included, largely existed in Sue’s report already. Also, you promoted your own site yet again, when a comment would have sufficed (in fact, the article on your site says pretty much the same thing as your comment.) I’d appreciate it if, in the future, you didn’t do that this much.

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    52. Luka Nieto:
      Green Chili,

      We know the site is part of an independent construction project, for a power station (It says so in the article.) As for the indirect source, the reason Sue reported this as rumor and not fact is precisely because of its lack of total reliability. The article already explains the construction is part of an existing project, and postulates it may be a GoT location based on an unreliable source. So, I’m sorry, but I must admit I don’t really get what you’re trying to correct; What you explained, doubts included, largely existed in Sue’s report already. Also, you promoted your own site yet again, when a comment would have sufficed (in fact, the article on your site says pretty much the same thing as your comment.) I’d appreciate it if, in the future, you didn’t do that this much.

      Luka,

      I truly do not understand your reaction – why this aggression?

      I was very fascinated by the new piece of information presented here and tried to find out more about this supposed set then what was presented in the article. Unfortunately it seems that this possible set is no set at all; and, the more as many commenters on this site started to build theories around the pictures, I thought this was a new information worth sharing here.

      This is what this site is all about after all, isn’t it? Trying to find out new information and work out what’s happening together? And I thought it would be helpul if readers of this site supported you also by trying to find out which rumours can be confirmed as true and which turn out to be false.

      That’s all I did with my comment – identifying the exact location where the pics had been taken, and give you a hint that there has not been constructed a “fake icy-stone alley” at all.

      And I am not interested at all in “promoting my site” or competing with this one, which is one of my favourite ones. Mine is nothing more than an ugly little blog to post pictures for easy overview, which I can not do here in the comments. Hope you will see pages like that as support, not competition ;-).

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    53. Green Chili,

      I didn’t intend any aggression, nor do I see how my comment could be misconstrued as containing any, to be honest. I only wanted to say what the “new” information you provided wasn’t actually new (except for a few details that don’t contradict the report as you imply they do), and that linking to your own blog so often is at least frowned upon. Nothing wrong with doing it every once in a while, of course (I’ve done it myself), but you do it quite a lot. I wouldn’t have taken note of it if it wasn’t for the fact that your comment could and in fact did contain all the relevant information from your blog post, so why share the link at all? Just don’t do it too often, please 😉

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    54. dragonbringer,

      I’m sorry you’re not happy about things but I wouldn’t say taking 8 years to tell a story is “rushing” it. After all the people who were “child” actors in season 1 of GoT are young adults now. I’m sorry that there won’t be 10 episodes of the show next year so that the show could have gone into a bit more detail. It may work for book Sansa to stay 13 (or is she 14 “now”) while Mr Martin completes TWoW but in real life the Sansa actress is taller than Littlefinger and the ex-husband she despatched last season. If I was a dramatist (I’m not of course) I don’t think I’d want to take on the adaptation of an unfinished book series. It can’t be the easiest thing in the world – and now that the books have been surpassed we don’t know what comes from GRRM (when he gave D&D his thoughts on how the rest of the series unfolds) and what comes from the adapters – except when they specifically tell us it came from GRRM (e.g. burning of Shireen and how Hodor got his name).

      Mawk,

      I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers though sometimes I am as weak as Theon was when he tried to impress Daddy in that regard – though with less dire results.

      I had always hoped Tyrion would ride Viserion – maybe it will be Bran now if the leaks are true.

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    55. Luka Nieto,

      Many people on this site – including me and you – were under the impression that there might be a set being built for filming purposes. Now we know that this is not the case, because on the pictures I linked it can clearly be seen how this trench has been constructed, at what time and to what purpose – to me that is indeed a new and important information.

      Regarding linking my blog – I may be wrong, but I think I have done this exactly 2 or 3 times since the end of season 6. As I said, I’m not interesting in promoting that page at all, just providing visual hints and overview that might be useful to other readers. But I have no problem at all abstaining from doing so – it’s mainly a means of structuring information for myself.

      In the end, I guess we just have to accept that we seem to have different opinions on what is “new” and “often”, and what is not. 😉

      P.S.: My remark on the “aggression” related to the tone and wording in your first comment, amongst other things accusing me of “condescension” and “parroting”. These words and other things have now been changed in your original comment (and in my post quoting it) before you replied to me again, which I honestly think a very irritating way to behave in a discussion. I truly hope that I do not have to take screenshots of every comment I reply to in the future to avoid this.

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    56. Green Chili,

      The idea as I understand it is the site may now be undergoing construction of these walls because it may be a location, not that all of it exists for the sake of the show. And yes, the current construction includes a fake wall. That is a fact.

      My comment did initially refer to the condescension I saw in your comment and the regurgitation of Sue’s main points and doubts which you somehow presented as a refutation of her report. I stand by both comments, and I don’t think I was aggressive at all. I simply trimmed down my warning because that had nothing to do with the two main points I was trying to make, which I wanted you to address without distraction… you know, the distraction and argument we’re having right now, unnecessarily clogging this comment section. So that is it. Now, seriously, leave it be, please. No hard feelings 😉

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    57. Not to belabor the point, but I just don’t see the producers going to the expense and effort in time, labor and possible insurance liabilities, to make such a dig, especially given their history of using green screen to achieve similar effects. (For instance, check out the making-of video about the season three episode “The Climb.”) I don’t picture even big budget Marvel movies going to such trouble for what can be done cheaper, safer, and more efficiently in a studio and on a computer.

      As for what those photos do show, to quote Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, I’m not saying aliens did it, but it was aliens. 😉

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    58. Dude was apparently a beast from my book impressions, but hasnt really been billed as much except an asshole on the show. I hope they don’t just kill him off because someone bad has to go and they want to save the other main villians for season 8. I mean, go ahead and kill him off, but let him live up to some of that hype first.

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