Sophie Turner and Emilia Clarke Return to Belfast for Season 8 Filming

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Filming season is upon us, and the Game of Thrones sightings are coming fast and furious these days. As reported earlier this week, Kit Harington, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Gwendoline Christie and more stars of the show were spotted on their way to Belfast, Northern Ireland, and out in the city that serves as GoT’s home base. Just a few days on, and we have more sightings to report including important ones – Sophie Turner has returned, and Emilia Clarke is also reported to be back in town for season 8 filming.

It’s been a busy week for Turner; along with her Thrones duties, the actress’ engagement to Joe Jonas made headlines recently. She was seen out shopping with her fiance in Belfast this week, and she posed for this new pic (no, that’s not Joe Jonas):

In the above Instagram set, you can see that Ben Crompton (Dolorous Edd) is also present, posing with fans, so hopefully we’ll see some exciting action at the Wall with Edd this year! Well, what’s left of the Wall anyway.  

In other cast sightings, Kit Harington was seen at a restaurant in Belfast, on Monday night.

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Fans report seeing Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) and Iain Glen (Jorah) arriving back in town Sunday, along with Harington. Quite the large group assembling for the first week of filming! With only one unit working on GoT now, and a smaller cast (courtesy of some wildfire and executions), we’re going to be seeing big scenes including a lot of the cast together.

Reports this weekend say that Peter Dinklage has once again become a father, welcoming his second child with his wife Erica Schmidt. The actor must’ve hurried back to the US for the occasion, as a WotW source reports that they spotted Peter Dinklage and Hafþór “The Mountain” Björnsson in Belfast last week. (Thor doesn’t seem to be in Belfast now, based on his Instagram.) Ideally, Dinklage has some time off to enjoy his new bundle of joy before hurrying back to the set! 

You gotta love these exciting days of the filming season. Bless the mighty pink GOT signs, ubiquitous in Belfast every year! They’re baaaaaaaack:

Happy filming season, everyone!

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    1. Pigeon:
      And here I am, most excited about Ben. EDD FOR KING!!!!!!!!!

      Yes! Really, really hoping they don’t kill muh man Edd off in Episode 1.

      It would be a hoot to see him become the default candidate for the Iron Throne (presuming there still is one) because all the more obvious candidates either die or opt out. It would be worth it just to see his why-does-stuff-like-this-always-happen-to-me expression.

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    2. Firannion:
      It would be worth it just to see his why-does-stuff-like-this-always-happen-to-me expression.

      *end scene, series finale*

      Edd sits uncomfortably on Iron Throne, looking around him at all of the people remaining, awaiting his instruction.

      “Siiiiiiiiiiggggghhhhh…..”

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    3. Yaga:

      I’d love me some scenes between Sansa and Dany. Both of them had to fight so much for their empowerment and respect.

      Agree – am really looking forward to seeing the dynamic between Daenerys and the Stark sisters.

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    4. Yaga,

      me too, I hope they become friends, that would be great, they have so much in common, they started as naive, pure an innocent girls and they have become such cunning and powerful women.

      I would actually love to see a scene between Sansa, Daenerys and Cersei, it would be AWESOME.

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    5. I’ll barf if Sansa and Dany are like:

      “You’re great!”
      “No, YOU’RE great!”

      Dany is an alpha female and Sansa thinks she’s one / wants to be one. They won’t get along! FUN TIMES!!!

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    6. lucy,

      I think Dany will try to be friendly to Sansa at first because she’s her new boyfriend’s sis. Of course that may not last, especially once the bombshell drops about Jon’s Targaryen lineage. I’m interested in how they’ll approach the personal dynamics between Dany and all the Stark siblings tbh. Initial civility but with underlying suspicion?

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    7. lucy,

      No,enough with the bullshit fake conflicts,we had enough of them last season,that’s not to say they will be best friends but there’s no time or space for another conflict that won’t lead to anything especially when there’s an apocalypse coming .

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    8. So Edd is back but I’m guessing it’s not for too long, I suspect Castle Black will be the first victim of the Nights King.

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    9. Captain Sparrow:
      lucy,

      No,enough with the bullshit fake conflicts,we had enough of them last season,that’s not to say they will be best friends but there’s no time or space for another conflict that won’t lead to anything especially when there’s an apocalypse coming .

      I’m not sure it’s fake conflict, Dany should not be welcome in the North given the past history and she’s essentially a foreign invader. Whilst it may not lead to violence it’s certainly in line with the narrative so far.

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    10. Alvaricomg:
      Yaga,

      I would actually love to see a scene between Sansa, Daenerys and Cersei, it would be AWESOME.

      Me too.

      Cersei: “And what would be the reason that I should listen to either of you….girls?” *sneers*

      Sansa: “Because I have become a great political player! And Jon doesn’t LISTEN to me. It’s not fair!!!”

      Dany: “Dracarys.”

      Night King: “Sorry to interrupt, I was wondering if we could negotiate a truce…..oh. Well shit.”

      Dany: “Shit.”

      Drogon: “Shit.”

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    11. I don’t visualize much of interest happening in any interaction between Dany and Sansa, but Dany and Arya might be fun to watch unfold. I imagine that at first Arya would be inclined toward hero worship, associating Dany with her historical heroine Nymeria, but that she would quickly become skeptical of Dany’s ‘entitled’ airs. Hearing ‘I will take what is mine with fire and blood!’ one time too many might even help disenchant Arya with her assassin career. At the very least I would hope to see a bit of eye-rolling. (But maybe that’s just my own long-ago loss of sympathy for Dany showing.)

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    12. Whatever the Stark sisters’ thoughts on Northern independence, they effectively agreed to go along with Jon’s decision in 707.

      As far as what they ‘d think on Dany herself as a leader, based on the characterizations thus far they’d both be much more supportive of many of her decisions than her own advisors have been. TV Sansa and Arya would have given the enthusiastic thumbs up to the Tarly BBQ, whereas Tyrion and Varys did nothing but whine about it, and they’d have been on Dany’s side as far as going all fyah and blood on the enemy goes (well, strictly speaking, if Arya was there, she’d have volunteered to go put a dagger through Cersei’s heart and end the whole thing in a jiffy).

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    13. Sean C.,

      Hey, we’re on the same page! I definitely see Arya and Sansa united with Jon and supporting his decision. Maybe I’ll post my silly little fanfic scene, co-starring weasely Lord Glover. Because I figure some of those Northern Lords are going to dump on Jon as Robb 2.0: the King Who Lost the North over some “foreign whore.” (And this is before his true parentage is revealed; though if Bran and Sam think it through, they might conclude it’d be wiser to keep that a secret. )

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    14. Jon Snowed,

      Why would the Night King take his army halfway across the continent to take down a castle manned by fewer than 100 men? Why not make a beeline for the South, which is where the bulk of the population lives?

      (This is a serious question, btw; I’m not trying to be combative. I know that on the Internets, sometimes things don’t come across as intended.)

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    15. Hi Wolfish, I fully agree with you from a logic perspective however my gut feeling is that we will see the White Walkers crushing some northern outposts before the main conflict with Team Targ starts. If I’m correct then this means Castle Black and the Last Hearth will both be over run in the first two episodes.

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    16. Sansa has always been courteous to powerful leaders. Dany has never once ever put down a female for no reason.

      Any tension would be completely artificial and contrary to their characters.

      It’s Arya who hates women and is likely to have an issue.

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    17. Regis:

      It’s Arya who hates women and is likely to have an issue.

      Lol. Right…like how she hated Lady Crane so much that she refused to kill her at the risk of her own safety. And doesn’t admire Brienne at all. And didn’t comfort the little dying girl at the HOB&W. Yup, ol Arya the woman-hater! 😊

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    18. Pigeon,

      Right. Arya the woman-hater. Particularly dragon-riding Targaryen women.

      Arya & Tywin (2×07)

      Tywin: Harrenhal was built to withstand an attack from the land. A million men could have marched on these walls and a million men would have been repelled. But an attack from the air with dragon fire … . Harren and all his sons roasted alive within these walls. Aegon Targaryen changed the rules. That’s why every child alive still knows his name 300 years after his death.

      Arya: Aegon and his sisters…It wasn’t just Aegon riding his dragon. It was Rhaenys and Visenya, too.

      Tywin: Correct. A student of history, are you?

      Arya: Rhaenys rode Meraxes. Visenya rode Vhagar.

      Tywin: I’m sure I knew that when I was a boy.

      Arya: Visenya Targaryen was a great warrior. She had a Valyrian steel sword she called Dark Sister.

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    19. Pigeon,

      [10:27 am Comment, cont.]
      Arya would be fangirling all over Daenerys Targaryen:

      Arya (gushing): “Aunt Dany…I mean Queen Daenerys…I mean Your Grace…Squeeee!”

      Dany: “Excuse me?”

      Arya: (gulp): “It’s just that …I just wanted to tell you… You’re my biggest fan. No! I mean I’m your biggest fan!” (face palm; starts hyperventilating).

      Dany: “You alright?”

      Arya (blushing): “It’s just that….You’re even more awesome in person and now I can’t breathe! I’m so sorry! … I’m such a dork.”

      Dany: “No, you’re cool as f*ck, my Princess…Hey, how’d you like to go dragon riding with me? Look at the world from high up in the sky. Maybe we’ll spot some ice zombies to flambe. I can show you how to do the Dracarys command….”

      Arya: (faints)

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