Production team tests a trebuchet at Titanic Studios as cast sightings continue in Belfast

The trebuchet seen on set only a few days ago was given a recent test fire.

The trebuchet seen on set only a few days ago was given a recent test fire. Photo: Wiki of Thrones

Slowly but surely, news and cast sightings about Game of Thrones Season 8 are continuing to trickle out from Northern Ireland — and this round includes testing a rather sizable weapon, spotting some of the biggest Thrones names out for drinks and once again getting to revel in the cuteness that is Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa.

It’s one thing to know a trebuchet has been built on set at Titanic Studios in Belfast — it’s another to see it in action. An informer recently managed to capture footage of the enormous contraption being tested at the Northern Ireland location:


The minute-long clip doesn’t show much other than the initial launching, but it’s still pretty exciting to see something like this in motion. We’ve seen trebuchets in battle in previous seasons, so it’s not unusual that one has been constructed for the final Season 8, when we expect some intense fighting between the living and the dead.

Elsewhere, sightings of cast members (both current and former, interestingly) have continued to pop up over the last several days, much to the delight of fans and the Twitter universe. First up is an adorable photo of Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa from his Instagram — and no, not because Khal Drogo is making some kind of surprise comeback. Momoa was in London to promote Justice League and met up with Clarke, who calls the city home:


Can I also point out how adorable Momoa’s line about “bubbles of giggles are in our bellies when we are together” is? These two…swoon. Clarke had a similar post on her Instagram, which also shows how much fun the two of them have when they’re together:


It’s possible Momoa also continued to Northern Ireland to visit with other members of the cast; he has occasionally visited the set during filming in the seasons since his character met his untimely end in Season 1, including to film his scenes in Daenerys’ House of the Undying visions in Season 2. That, however, was a discreet trip, and any since then — well, not so much.

Meanwhile, as khal and khaleesi were laughing it up in London, other cast members were sighted in and around Belfast. Tumblr site thewench-and-thekingslayer posted this photo, in which Kit Harington and everyone’s favorite red-haired wildling, Kristofer Hivju, are visible, although the post notes that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie and Liam Cunningham also were seen at the unnamed Belfast pub:

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Twitter user @mwktx also posted about a gathering of cast members. It’s not clear if it was the same location as the pub sighting, but it’s noted that Harington, Cunningham, Hivju and Christie were together:



It’s good to know that work is continuing at a good clip for Season 8, since production and casting news is the only sustenance we have until the far-away time that the final season will air — and we’ll keep you updated whenever we have news to share!

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    1. I kinda love the way Jason and Emilia’s colors are opposites here, I mean… dark hair and white fur, white hair and dark clothes… its perfect

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    2. Awww… Isn’t Emilia just so wonderful?

      “When life is so good that your sun and stars is in your city…”

      It’s so sweet that the two of them have kept up their “moon of my life”/“my sun and stars” friendship.

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    3. Did you know that the Trebuchet is the ultimate siege weapon? It can launch a 90 KG projectile over 300 meters! The GoT crew knows what is what..

      Catapults suck

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    4. After each member of the cast wraps their final scene for the series, they will then be escorted off the premises by the trebuchet.

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    5. Awwwh Jason and Emilia are still one of the show’s best pairings. Their chemistry was spectacular. Their posts gave me a fist full of nostalgia.

      As far as the trebuchet…. well, let there be war.

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    6. Boojam:
      Kristofer Hivju does that answer a question?

      Let’s see if an eagle-eyed fan spots a trace of white makeup. Though I hope it’s not Tormund, one or more of our familiar characters has to get wightened, don’t you think?

      So long as it’s not Sandor. (Well, it can’t be him. After all, he’s the Warrior of Light. 🔥🐓)

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    7. Is not a trebuchet..its a catapult …Emilia and Jason they look so hot together…Jon is may propably look jealous ..Drogo: i got that pussy first Jon Snow ..you are late dude…lol

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    8. Ten Bears:

      Though I hope it’s not Tormund, one or more of our familiar characters has to get wightened, don’t you think?

      Yeah, I think this is inevitable. We’ve already seen it with Viserion in season seven, but I have a horrible feeling we are going to see it with multiple human characters in season eight. And I’m absolutely dreading it. Karsi was bad enough, and we’d only known her for half an episode!

      As for Tormund, I think he and other characters at the Wall are the likeliest/most obvious to be first (given their current proximity to the Army of the Dead) but you never know. Either way, I sadly don’t think it will be limited to one character.

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    9. Artemisia,

      Oh,yeah,i think you forgot he got it by being a rapist,let’s not pretend Drogo,the character was anything else than that folks,just because Dany got Stockholm Syndrome doesn’t mean Drogo is anything better than the likes of Ramsay or the Mountain .

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    10. Captain Sparrow,

      Yes he was rapist once upon a time..but he did respect and love her then and she got change him with her love….becoz he wasnt a psycho like Ramsay or a mindless savage machine like the Mountain…And Danny never had been girl with a Stockholm Syndrome …Sansa has fits this situation more than Danny..loving Geoffrey after the murder of her father and trust Littlefinger….the man who ruined her life betraying her family and sending her to married a psycho..for 5 seasons almost ..If it wasnt Arya to spy on him in S7..Sansa will have still continue to be his puppet..under his control

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    11. Mr Derp:
      Not that it really matters but trebuchets are types of catapults, so you’re both right.

      So…the gadget could be part of Cersei’s renewed wildfire plan from S2e5, as described by Pyromancer Hallyne (Roy Dotrice)?

      “The jars are put in catapults and flung at the enemy.”

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    12. Inga,

      Just because we did not see the atrocities that him and his Dothraki committed on screen,doesn’t mean he did not do it,with Ramsay and the Mountain we saw a lot so that’s why he seems not as bad but that doesn’t mean he is .

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    13. Artemisia,

      Did,did you just turn this into a Sansa hate argument? Yeah sorry but i’m done with you,here i am providing you arguments of why Drogo was a horrible man and then you somehow turn this to Sansa being worse than Dany because she trusted LF,wtf ? Also,it seems to me you either not watched season 7 fully or you skipped some parts because Sansa clearly did not trust LF as she herself has said and she was only playing him . She would have never executed Arya even if Bran did not reveal all LF’s secrets,the moment when LF suggested to Sansa to kill Arya that’s when Sansa’s decision to kill him was already made .

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    14. Captain Sparrow,

      i didnt said that Sansa was always in his control …but she for a long long time from S2-S3 to S6 WAS and if wasnt Arya to spying on him and Bran to know everything for him…she would not had judge and kill him and he would have continue plotting against everyone ..and stop to compare Sansa with Danny..what common has the little dove with the big eagle?Im done for today with the anti-Danny fans like you

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    15. Artemisia:
      Captain Sparrow,

      Yes he was rapistonce upon a time..but he did respect and love her then and she got change him with her love….becoz hewasnt a psycho like Ramsay or a mindless savage machine like the Mountain…And Danny never had been girl with a Stockholm Syndrome …Sansa has fits this situation more than Danny..loving Geoffrey after the murder of her father and trust Littlefinger….the man who ruined her life betraying her family and sending her to married a psycho..for 5 seasons almost ..If it wasnt Arya to spy on him in S7..Sansa will have still continue to be his puppet..under his control

      He wasn’t a rapist “once upon a time”…when he gave his big speech about crossing the sea he said he was going to rape the women and enslave the children

      He was a rapist, period. Just because Dany came to love (?) him doesn’t change that. He was a savage rapist until the day he died.

      Drogo was a great character, no need to distort it and make him a “changed man” when in reality he was every bit as ruthless after meeting Dany as before. Maybe she would have prevented him acting on his savage impulses but he still had them

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    16. JonSnowsForeskin,

      I agree that she change him in a point[remember when she got beg to him for MMD life in S1 and he does agree] and she got love him because he gives in her some kind of respect[as his mother of his unborn son and as Khaleesi] and freedom[before she was just the thing of Viserys fun..in a disgusting way..brother abuse sister]..Of course he was a rapist…but a honest rapist…Ramsay,Euron and The Mountain wouldnt considered savages or rapists because of their highborn status..but secretly they had been rapists behind close doors

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    17. JonSnowsForeskin,

      Yes,now compare Drogo to a character like the Hound,who has killed innocent people,even children or stole from them and now he actually feels remorse for what he had done,unlike Drogo that was never sorry for his actions in fact even wanted to continue it .

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    18. Artemisia,

      What the hell are you talking about,when did i ever say anything against Dany to make me a hater ? I only said that Drogo was a bad man and he doesn’t deserve to be looked favorably upon,that’s it !

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    19. Captain Sparrow,

      I didnt say that you are hater…but that you like to put butter in the bread of some of them…I do say that Drogo was honest on his purposes ..rape/kill..Ramsay,Euron,Geoffrey and the Mountain …they had show a ”good face” on their medieval societies ..but they had done bad despicable things such as rapes,murders,tortures and etc behind closed doors.

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    20. Pigeon:
      After each member of the cast wraps their final scene for the series, they will then be escorted off the premises by the trebuchet.

      Lol…but not before being interrogated by the bridge troll…

      “Answer me these questions three…” Ok
      “What is your favorite color?” Indigo
      “What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen dragon?” The speed of plot
      “Have you leaked the script details yet?” Yes…I mean no…

      Aaaaaahhhhhhh!

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    21. Artemisia,

      Ohhh well now thanks to you, every rape victim will feel relieved to know that their attacker might be a ‘honest rapist’ ……
      Seriously, you do need to think just a little before you speak….

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    22. Pigeon:
      After each member of the cast wraps their final scene for the series, they will then be escorted off the premises by the trebuchet.

      I choked on my drink. Thanks, Pigeon.

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    23. Netheb,

      I dont say that he wasnt a rapist..but there are also Westerosi rapists like Euron,Ramsay and the Mountain who they had a ”good face”on the society but they had made despicable shameful things behind closed doors..And every rape victim isnt feel relieve either..but when someone is honest of what he is more better..than someone who has a ”good face”on the society but makes despicable shameful things behinds close doors…Drogo..says im rapist and i call it…Do you have wait Ramsay,or Geoffrey,or Euron or the Mountain..to say that honestly?NO..they had develop a ”good face”on their societies and get respect by their peoples… for with this things to covering their despicable crimes..That is the deference between the Dothraki rapists and the Westerosi noble/highborn rapists.

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    24. As for the trebuchet who would realistically have such a weapon, I assume Cersei and her forces might but team Targ surely not, White Walkers clearly not. So it confuses me where that fits in unless it’s the Golden Company using it.

      Also fully agree Drogo or the Dothraki are not good, they rape and pillage, killing and enslaving as they go.

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    25. Fully agree the Iron born are similar, neither are groups I want to succeed in this story and I’d imagine will either be wiped out or forced to change their ways by the end of the story.

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    26. Hodors Bastard: Lol…but not before being interrogated by the bridge troll…

      “Answer me these questions three…” Ok
      “What is your favorite color?” Indigo
      “What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen dragon?” The speed of plot
      “Have you leaked the script details yet?” Yes…I mean no…

      Aaaaaahhhhhhh!

      That would be even better!!! “WHO are You? And WHAT is your quest?”

      Erica: I choked on my drink. Thanks, Pigeon.

      I apologize for the drink, I’ll buy you another. 😉

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