The day is bright and full of filming! Game of Thrones returns to Saintfield!

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Melisandre (Carice van Houten), in Season 5. Maybe she sees season 6 in the flames?

Several cast sightings and set photos have been popping up as Game of Thrones Season 6 filming is now well under way. Watchers on the Wall takes a look at the returning cast including Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Carice Van Houten (Melisandre), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund), Owen Teale (Alliser Thorne), and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark)!

Filming in Saintfield (used for the Godswood, Robb’s Camp, and more) has begun. Rumors report that Saintfield will be home to shooting for a couple months this year:

Additional photos from the Castle Black/Magheramorne area (following the smoky filming this week- check out our exclusive pics):

Also, an extremely lucky fan (Chris Creaner – thank you for the photos, by the way!) had several encounters with some of our favorite cast members: 11220927_1135737279787513_6790184483440961893_n 11822538_1135158373178737_7910179887285622959_n11800337_1135261446501763_4018069741731451586_n 11855818_1135203383174236_1708869130743272848_n Another Alliser sighting!

Also, a most loyal squire has returned!

Lastly, everyone’s favorite sadist Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) was spotted in Belfast!

And of course, what would a sightings post be without Kit Harington? He was spotted last night out with Iwan Rheon and Ben Crompton.

162 Comments

  1. I’m constantly in awe of Hivju’s beard.

    Lots of northerly filming going on, as might be expected.

    The news that Portman is arriving interests me, since Brienne’s story this year is one of the bigger question marks. Be interesting to keep an eye on where they’re spotted.

  2. Sean C.,

    Isn’t pretty much everything a big question mark? Granted, some storylines are a little bit behind (Sam, Arya, Bran) but only by about a chapter or so. Also, though the whole fandom has agreed on what will happen with, say, Daenerys and the whole Meereen situation, they’re just theories in the end. I fail to see how Brienne is one of the bigger question marks, to be honest. Is it just LSH hype?

  3. At this stage Tormund Giantsbane cannot really die or we lose any connection with the wildlings. What other wildlings with a name do we have left? I can only think of Wun Wun and Karsi’s kids (who don’t have a name I think, but at least their mom had). Everyone else with a name is dead I believe. Hell I think the wildlings have the highest “faces with a name” mortality rate. Closely followed by the night’s watch…. Makes surviving as a Stark look easy!

  4. Luka Nieto,

    What I mean is that we have a pretty good sense of the geographic theatre of most characters (though it’s possible/probable that Arya, for instance, will depart Braavos for parts unknown at some point in the season). With Brienne, she ended last season in the North, and I personally have a hard time seeing her being plausibly extracted from there; but there’s a lot of people who expect some kind of Riverlands snapback, and given past practices that can’t be ruled out.

  5. Miss,

    His funeral scene is really elaborate. Almost every single person in the North has a conversation over his corpse. Ghost even has a little nibble of him.

  6. Anonymous: Funeral pyre is going to be the biggest fire the north has ever seen. Takes time

    Ok, I do not like trolls, I thought the site was good, I was wrong.
    I’m not in the mood to joke

  7. I’m pretty sure Portman already left Belfast. He tweeted yesterday about how flights OUT of Belfast are always late. So whatever he filmed, it didn’t take long.

    I don’t think there have been any Christie, Coster-Waldau, Headey, or Dormer sightings, have there?

  8. Geez, do they really use ‘GOT’ to designate location shoots? I’ve seen production signs for lower profile film and TV productions that have been less obvious than that.

  9. Miss: Ok, I do not like trolls, I thought the site was good, I was wrong.
    I’m not in the mood to joke

    The internet might not be for you.

  10. Miss,

    Chill out. If you don’t want to engage in joking about then simply don’t respond. This site is good mainly because people don’t take things that deathly seriously.

    Will there be any John Bradley-West, Hannah Murray and the Tarly/Oldtown crew sightings or will most of their stuff be taking place in Spain?
    Also curious as to if we see Patrick Malahide adn our brand new Euron? I believe Gemma Whelan has bee seen about so maybe they’re already there?

    Brotherhood without Banter,

    I got it 😛

  11. HotPinkLipstick,

    There was one Dormer sighting I can remember- on July 30th.

    https://twitter.com/CatherineHully/status/626838063147319296

    I think Headey is filming later than usual this year since she’s just given birth, and they might’ve rearranged things so her scenes shot later. That would be the decent thing to do, not force her (and possibly her newborn) to be flying around.

    I think Gwendoline was seen in Belfast in July, but it might’ve been around the time of the read-through. I don’t know if she’s been filming yet.

  12. I’m still waiting to hear about the Tyrells, my favorite family on the show. And Littlefinger – I’m looking for Littlefinger spoilers.

  13. Sue the Fury,

    I don’t think anyone brought up, there is a rumour gowing around about huge amounts of gasoline in the Belfast studios used for KL sets.
    The old site ( not the best source) says it has to do with Cersei, I doubt since Lena gave birth not that long ago.

  14. Miss: Ok, I do not like trolls, I thought the site was good, I was wrong.
    I’m not in the mood to joke

    Knock knock.

  15. Ravyn,

    Just to clarify, that will be from the set of the X-Men movie that Sophie is appearing in, and is currently being filmed. So it’s not pointing towards a Sansa/Ramsay showdown coming up.

  16. Ravyn,

    That’s from the set of X-Men. Sophie is in Montreal at the moment (though she’s largely eluded the unofficial iPhone surveillance that follows the cast everywhere; there’s so far only been one photo of her there this month).

  17. KrakenDaughter,

    yeah there’s no real proof there so I’m not jumping to publish assumptions. Obviously they *have* been shooting smoke/fire scenes at Magheramorne/Castle Black so it makes slightly more sense for them to be filming the Castle Black interior scenes at Titanic Studios around the same time. And this week we’ve had a lot of sightings involving The Wall-related people and not King’s Landing people. But I’m still checking around.

  18. Sorry… I LOVE THESE ACTORS!!! 😉
    Carice, please…
    (And in Spain, next month, ¡Viva GoT!)

  19. Awesome news!! But this make all the waiting even harder…

    Will we get to see a second Throne vs Tormund round?

    Could it be that all that smoke/fire scenes at Magheramorne/Castle Black are due to a battle between wildings and the Night Watch? And if so, would that be the end for the NW? Oh, the speculations!!

  20. It might just be me but I’m tickled by the way the GoT signs are in the completely opposite direction to two churches, at what is presumably a junction. You arrive there and choose your destiny: “When you play the game of signs, you GoT or you church, there is no middle ground”. A quote from Cursey Plannister, member of an obscure House who copy their more famous neighbours but not so much they’d get sued for plagiarism 😀

    EDIT: Tormund’s beard = 11/10, I want one!

  21. I’m of the siesta:
    Awesome news!! But this make all the waiting even harder…

    Will we get to see a second Throne vs Tormund round?

    Could it be that all that smoke/fire scenes at Magheramorne/Castle Black are due to a battle between wildings and the Night Watch? And if so, would that be the end for the NW? Oh, the speculations!!

    That would be cool. Tormund and Jon got really close in the lasts episodes, and the wildlings start to respect Jon a lot after Hardhome. I doubt they will sit quietly on The Gift while Jon is getting barbecued.

  22. Loooper the Great,

    I wouldn’t mind him sitting in the Iron Throne with his beautiful queen Lady She-Bear at the end of GoT 😉

    (Obviously I meant Thorne… my bad!!) 🙂

  23. Chris Creaner probably said some creepy sh!t like “we will meet again” to Van Houten. Tell me he doesn’t look like the stalker type. Plus all those pictures? He was camping like a sniper in COD just waiting for them

  24. In that last picture with kit, there’s two banners right above him with the word KRAKEN, big and bold, displayed on it. Possible foreshadowing?

  25. I’m of the siesta,

    Perhaps it’s the Boltons attacking Castle Black? Ramsay thinking Sansa fled to the Wall and going after her. We may not have got the Pink Letter in the show, but I want my Kit-Iwan sword fight, darn it!

  26. This is the greatest site on earth. So pumped to hear Castle Black is getting so busy! AA?! And Bran!!

  27. GoTstan:
    In that last picture with kit, there’s two banners right above him with the word KRAKEN, big and bold, displayed on it. Possible foreshadowing?

    It’s a brand of spiced rum. Probably not that remarkable since they appear to be hanging out in a bar. But I’m gonna go ahead and agree with you that it is some kind of GoT-related mystery clue anyway cuz I luv dat hype.

  28. Neuf,

    He might be. But it’s not as though people are going to spot him in bars, though are they? That’s where most of the of-age cast are spotted, you see.

  29. Roose is Azor Ahai:

    Btw, has there been any sightings of Liam Cunningham?

    Well in the tags of the last picture up here it says:

    Is that me shaking hands with Jon Snow, Eddison Tollet and Ramsey Bolton on my birthday? Yes, I think it is! #laverys #got #gameofthrones #jonsnow #ishestillalive #boughthimapint #alsopeedwithdavosseaworth

  30. So many less spoiler tags…so much more interesting views and opinions…let the lurking continue for this guy…I feel like GOT gets so caught up in huge events to put in the very small time frame they have..they leave out awesome shot such as northern lords just meeting or small convos …can’t really blame them too much I guess

  31. Roose is Azor Ahai: Wouldn’t we all?

    Btw, has there been any sightings of Liam Cunningham?

    One of the guys that posted the pic on his Twitter wrote #alsopeedwithdavosseaworth

    I’m assuming he peed next to Liam Cunningham?

  32. It is interesting that Iwan Rheon is also hanging around. But then again perhaps he could just be hunting for Sansa and Theon in the Godswood.
    It really seems like everyone from the wall has been shooting for a few days now, I wonder if this points to some kind of skirmish at the Wall.

  33. I’m literally chilling in Dublin right now, SERIOUSLY considering heading up to Belfast and just constantly walking around until I run into someone 😀

  34. Ser Florian:
    Miss,

    His funeral scene is really elaborate. Almost every single person in the North has a conversation over his corpse. Ghost even has a little nibble of him.

    Anonymous:
    Miss,

    Funeral pyre is going to be the biggest fire the north has ever seen. Takes time.

    Awesome, well done guys ! =D

  35. Ser Matt the Sullen:
    I’m literally chilling in Dublin right now, SERIOUSLY considering heading up to Belfast and just constantly walking around until I run into someone ????

    Why are you still there? Just kidding. 🙂

    You should go there and try to get pics of cast members.

  36. Who are we still missing in the north? Brienne, Roose, …

    Maybe Stannis and Myranda for a few scenes?
  37. So is Maisie filming now too? She just Instagram a pic of her with some weird eye treatment and captioned it “post blind contacts”

  38. Deesensfan,

    Of course he is!! But there was so much denial amongst Stannis supporters at the end of last season that I’m surprised there are no Dillane Watch or rumors of sightings of him in filming locations (like the ones we’ve had for Michelle Fairley and Rory McCann).

  39. keltia,

    Usually as far from the madding crowd as possible. 🙂 Check out remote islands in northern Scotland. Or a random bar in Belfast if you’re a reddit rumourer. 😛

  40. Sue the Fury: Kit is back in London. A woman saw him at Heathrow a couple hours ago.

    If security agencies tracked terrorists nearly so well as fans currently are tracking Kit (and other stars), then terrorism would have ceased to be a world issue years ago….. 😉

    Given that they do a lot of filming in adjacent areas, the fact that Rheon & Harrington are “hanging” does not mean too much. However, given that both books and show have hinted that Ramsay might be heading that way, we really cannot rule out that they are filming something like that this year. (I’m still betting that

    Ramsay’s attack on the Wall in search of Wife and Reek is what directly or indirectly lets the White Walkers through in the end.)
  41. I’m of the siesta,

    Don’t be. I’m in Spain and it’s awful. I don’t live anywhere near Peñiscola, Girona or Almería, so I have to stay at home while everyone else is taking part in GoT. It’s like all your neighbours were throwing parties and you weren’t invited to any of them.

  42. Luka Nieto: Granted, some storylines are a little bit behind (Sam, Arya, Bran) but only by about a chapter or so.

    In Arya’s case, it’s a bit ahead, as well. They basically got one Winter chapter in there. Bran probably isn’t behind: I doubt that we’ll see the “training” montages.

    As for Sam, having him start as a Maester at the end of the season would have been weird. However, I suspect that he’ll be further ahead in his plot/storyline by the end of his first episode than he is in the books. (Well, unless, of course… hehheh.. .. Martin… hohoho….. manages….. LOL… to get Win ….. …..)

    Sorry: I couldn’t come close to typing it without laughing myself into oxygen deprivation.

  43. Ser Arthur Dan: The internet might not be for you.

    Yes, one must have thick-skin and “Survival of the witted” to enjoy GOT/ASoIaF craze fan blogs. Don’t let the internet blog door hit you in the ass! You bloggers are brutal, I just laugh…

  44. Pigeon,

    While I’d love to be in a “random” bar in Belfast (actually, just about any bar), I’m quite content to wait for any such news until it reaches WotW. I look forward to your upcoming posts.

  45. nice news but i want news about who CAN be back, after some time, or had a small part last seasons but were important.

    Bran(Ok)
    Meera(Ok)
    Hodor(Ok)
    3 eyed crow(Ok)
    Yohn Royce(OK)

    _______________________l
    Osha(?)
    Rickon(?)
    Beric(?)
    Toros(?)
    Gendry(?)
    Balon(?)
    Yara(?)
    BlackFish(?)
    Edmure and roslin frey(?)
    Walder Frey(?)
    Lothar and black Frey(?)
    Benjen(?)
    salladhor saan(?)
    Robin Arryn (?)
    The hound (Who Knows??)
    Lady stone Heart( Who knows??)

  46. Wimsey,

    That seems kind of unlikely to me, since it would require there to be very little plot movement in the North. To me all signs point to Littlefinger’s invasion and some kind of Northern resistance to the Boltons (finally), which should be centered on Winterfell.

  47. Mark,

    Richard Dormer LIVES in Belfast. He’s a local. 🙂 Unless someone catches him walking out of Titanic Studios or something equivalent, then we can’t assume he’s filming anything. He’s just home.

  48. keltia,

    I don’t blame you – I’m lucky if I can keep up with ONe website most days. A fairly succinct and structered one at that!

  49. Miss: Ok, I do not like trolls, I thought the site was good, I was wrong.
    I’m not in the mood to joke

    Oh, come on now. That was freakin’ funny!

  50. N son of O,

    Now, why did it take nearly a month for them to film a funeral pyre scene? Why is Kit forced to not take pictures with fans, when he has done so in the past? I’ll admit to having doubts, but I always return to my belief that George is not a terrible storyteller. I do not believe that he would dedicate so many chapters to Jon, second only to Tyrion, and even that is close, and just kill him off without contributing anything more than letting wildlings through the Wall. Oh, and there’s that whole mystery about his mother that fans have been speculating about for the better part of two decades.

    I do not know what the show has planned for Jon, but I very much doubt that they would have needed Kit to spend 3-4 weeks playing a corpse. I think we are at the point that if Kit is spotted in Belfast again, it’s pretty much a guarantee that Jon will be brought back.

  51. Sean C.: To me all signs point to Littlefinger’s invasion and some kind of Northern resistance to the Boltons (finally), which should be centered on Winterfell.

    Why would they do something that does not involve any main characters? That would just be gratuitous plot that would not contribute to any story.

    At any rate, we also have the book here:

    Ramsay said that he was going to attack Castle Black unless Jon returned Ramsay’s wife and Reek, and Jon isn’t going to do that for a number of obvious reasons. On the show, they went out of their way to show us Ramsay telling Sansa that Jon is now Lord Commander. So, both book and show are pointing to Ramsay going to the Wall.
  52. Do you guys think we’ll ever see any White Walkers action in King’s Landing? I want some Night’s King/ Cersei interaction.

  53. Wimsey,

    Er, it will involve the main characters. Sansa, most obviously, whose storyline has Littlefinger as both her mentor and probable main antagonist (at least pre-apocalypse), and who is supposed to be learning to play the game of thrones (not that there was any evidence of that of late). Moreover, from Mel’s visions she has seen the Bolton banners cast down and herself walking the walls of Winterfell, which also suggests it will involve Jon. Winterfell is the center of power in the North, and is hinted to be a place of great magical/spiritual significance. All of this points to Winterfell as being at the center of the story’s climax next year.

    And, of course, they’ve got both Sansa and Littlefinger filming at Winterfell so far.

  54. Sean C.: Winterfell is the center of power in the North, and is hinted to be a place of great magical/spiritual significance.

    Um, maybe in fan-fiction, but not in the show or the books!

    That they had filmed these things is news to me, but I’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks, so I probably have missed a bit of news. At any rate, regardless of what happens, Sansa’s primary antagonist will remain the same as it’s always been, I am sure: Sansa herself. (The same can be said of all of the main characters in SoI&F, really.)

  55. The cast of Always Sunny is hanging around Belfast… before you say “wtf does that have to do with anything you stupid asshole?!” recall that there was talk last year about how they’d love to do a GoT cameo; also D&D wrote an episode of their show last season (or maybe the season before, can’t remember… the one where Charlie gets smart except he actually isn’t.) If this happens to be more than coincidence I will DIE OF HAPPINESS.

  56. Tyrion Pimpslap:
    N son of O,

    I do not know what the show has planned for Jon, but I very much doubt that they would have needed Kit to spend 3-4 weeks playing a corpse.I think we are at the point that if Kit is spotted in Belfast again, it’s pretty much a guarantee that Jon will be brought back.

    I would be really disappointed, if Jon is brought back in the first half of the season 6(too early for me).Episode 9 or 10 would be the best as the big schocker(emotional impact will be bigger), but yeah he will be there as a corpse and maybe some flashback scenes. Kit was there always for few days and then back to London or Spain to film his movie.

  57. Rob McElhenny as Arthur Dayne confirmed. Equip thyself for a state of elevated hype.

    Seriously though, Charlie Day is the ultimate “stereotypical filthy peasant” cameo.

  58. GoTstan,

    You must’ve never heard Keith David speak. Or Jeremy Irons. Don’t get me wrong, Tormund’ is great, but I’m not sure he’d win that ‘voice-off’.

  59. Geralt of Rivia,

    I know that facebook leak was a fake, but I actually liked how the person handled the Jon situation, and feel something like that would allow for a big reveal in the latter half of season 6. A glamour seems like the best way to handle a potential funeral pyre scene.

  60. harma dogememe:
    Rob McElhenny as Arthur Dayne confirmed. Equip thyself for a state of elevated hype.

    Seriously though, Charlie Day is the ultimate “stereotypical filthy peasant” cameo.

    He was talking about some weird sort of crossover..but maybe they actually pulled some weird cameo off. Could be awesome.

  61. Not sure if this has been touched on yet, but there’s a new interview with GRRM. It touches on a bunch of stuff, but he makes a comment on the GoT ending. Here’s a relevant quote: I haven’t written the ending yet, so I don’t know, but no. That’s certainly not my intent. “I’ve said before that the tone of the ending that I’m going for is bittersweet. ”

    Here’s the whole link: http://observer.com/2015/08/george-r-r-martins-ending-for-game-of-thrones-will-not-be-as-brutal-as-you-think/

  62. Kit to leave Belfast then they will still turn Chateau Black?
    Bad news … I hope he will soon return to Belfast! But I lost hope …

  63. Mieux,

    He’s left and back several times now. He went to the read-through and has filmed for, what, two or three weeks now? Compare that with the one day it took Charles Dance to shoot his funeral scene last year and I really wouldn’t worry.

  64. Wimsey: (Well, unless, of course… hehheh.. .. Martin… hohoho….. manages….. LOL… to get Win ….. …..)

    Sorry: I couldn’t come close to typing it without laughing myself into oxygen deprivation.

    You are being quite brave sticking your head above the parapet, Wimsey. The really dyed in the wool GRRM fans won’t appreciate that. Of course it’s not really my concern but does your website name come from “Lord Peter Wimsey” from the Dorothy L Sayers books?

  65. Ravyn

    On GRRM’s bittersweet: I feel that lovely bonding scene which occurred twice this year between Dany and Drogon will be repeated some more before the end but eventually it will be their goodbye.

  66. Tywin of the Hill,

    It’s likely that the person taking that picture got better glimpses of him but only got to take the picture then. Anyways, when he takes his breaks from shooting s6 he’s tended to go to London so far, so it fits.

  67. Just noticed that they have ashtrays on the tables and someone is smoking! Didn’t realise you were still allowed to smoke in bars in NI.

  68. Cumsprite,

    Surprised you’re not disappointed more often. It can get boring and blasé, or did you forget that? What would you do if some random ‘knock knock’ came your way?

  69. ZappaCreed,

    I am highly suspicious of someone who would pick a handle consisting of one of music’s great uncommercialized innovators and one of the 90s uber commercially flavored shittiest bands.

  70. My page a day calendar quote for 12-August:

    There are no heroes….In life, the monsters win.
    -Sansa Stark – A Game of Thrones

  71. My random Kayne West quote for August 12th:

    “He got ambition baby look in his eyes. This week he’s mopping floors next week it’s fries. So, stick by his side. I know his dude’s balling but yea that’s nice. And they gone keep calling and trying but you stay right girl. But when you get on he leave yo ass for a white girl.”

  72. Greenjones,

    Imo it was always the case that he would be most likely back.

    Wolf-Jon was never really an option for a TV show, at least not as a permanent condition.
  73. Forget the Always Sunny guys. They were just in town so the guys hung out together. Source confirms it, they’re not filming anything for GoT.

    Too bad, it would be cool. I’d rather see them as wights than some band I’ve never heard of. *shrug*

    N son of O,

    The Castle Black smoke could’ve been literally anything. Kit’s been in and out of Belfast for weeks, doesn’t take that long to play dead for one funeral sene.

  74. Random movie quote:
    So lonestar. Now you see Evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.
    – Dark Helmet-Spaceballs

  75. Tyrion Pimpslap: ….and feel something like that would allow for a big reveal in the latter half of season 6.

    I would cheer if Mel glamoured a mutineer (especially Olly) to represent Jon at the pyre, while she worked on or preserved Jon’s body somewhere in the CB cellars (or elsewhere), perhaps with Ghost nearby.

    Although it may not be likely, I like how that scenario adapts/combines both the Mance/Rattleshirt glamouring and the “possible” resurrection of Jon/AA.
  76. Queen of the Keys:
    Apparentely someone hacked Aiden Gillen’s e-mail account in order to get infos about the scripts… http://gameofthronesitalianfans.altervista.org/2015/08/aidan-gillen-mail-violata-per-i-copioni-di-game-of-thrones/?doing_wp_cron=1439390697.4057939052581787109375 (it’s in Italian but that’s the meaning)
    But Littlefinger has faced worse, he solved the thing in a few minutes ;D

    Here’s what Google translate came up with;
    The actor Aidan Gillen had to increase security on his scripts for the show Game of Thrones, especially following the death of some of the most beloved characters in the series.

    The actor, who plays Petyr Baelish in the HBO series, has revealed that someone tried to access his email, most likely in search of the scripts of famous TV series.

    “They came into my inbox,” he said the actor “safety is of utmost importance, especially now that it is moving away from books.”

    “I managed to stop them in a matter of seconds,” said the Irish Times, “since the alert message I received when I was already in my account.”

    “When I worked on The Wire usually did in pieces the scripts, I regret a little ‘, I wanted to keep them.”

    Apart from that, the Irish actor, born in Drumcondra, and presenter of Other Voices on RTE, the Irish national television, has revealed that he will be present at the Electric Picnic this year for fear of being recognized in the crowd. “Unfortunately this is one of those places where I do not feel at ease, it is one thing when you are stopped on the street, but when it is a closed environment, the situation can easily get out of hand,” said the actor to HotPress Magazine.

  77. Rygar:
    Cumsprite,

    Life is full of balls, some of them have curves.

    I’m just a fan. It’s some funny “shite” on this blog!
    The Seven is reference to The Faith Westeros
    Smith is my last name, and I have curves but on occasion in the corporate world, I can grow some balls.. I like balls

  78. is it not a possibility that Jon Snow is just filming his funeral? I want him alive as much as anyone but don’t want my hopes destroyed!
    N son of O,

  79. Geralt of Rivia: I would be really disappointed, if Jon is brought back in the first half of the season 6(too early for me).Episode 9 or 10 would be the best as the big schocker(emotional impact will be bigger), but yeah he will be there as a corpse and maybe some flashback scenes. Kit was there always for few days and then back to London or Spain to film his movie.

    I dont think it would be a good idea to delay showing that Jon is resurrected, he is one of the main characters. If it is a part of his story arc to delay his resurrection then it would be fine, but to delay his resurrection just for a bit of extra shock value would simply be gratuitous and indulgent story telling.

    They already had their big shock by showing that Jon Snow is dead, most of the people who watch the show would still believe that Jon is dead, they shouldn’t milk the situation any further. I think the only reason why so many people believe that Jon will only appear at the end of the season is because Kit Harington said he wasn’t coming back this season. (While he actually said this in an interview about 8 months ago before the season 6 scripts was even written). Clearly we have seen that he is coming back in some capacity, he has very likely already spend more time in Belfast for season 6 then many of the other actors.

    If his story line actually requires that his resurrection is delayed then they should follow that plot, but it usually becomes bad story telling if you are trying to do something just for extra shock value.

    It will be interesting to see how quickly he returns to Belfast again, perhaps it will be a while before he returns again. He’s been been in Spain and Belfast for two weeks without going home to London, so perhaps there will be a bit of break in the shooting schedule.

    Sean C.: Er, it will involve the main characters. Sansa, most obviously, whose storyline has Littlefinger as both her mentor and probable main antagonist (at least pre-apocalypse), and who is supposed to be learning to play the game of thrones (not that there was any evidence of that of late). Moreover, from Mel’s visions she has seen the Bolton banners cast down and herself walking the walls of Winterfell, which also suggests it will involve Jon. Winterfell is the center of power in the North, and is hinted to be a place of great magical/spiritual significance. All of this points to Winterfell as being at the center of the story’s climax next year.

    And, of course, they’ve got both Sansa and Littlefinger filming at Winterfell so far.

    It does seem more likely, that Littlefinger will march with the army of the Vale, North to Winterfell. I only hope that the army of the Vale will have the same difficulties that Stannis’s encountered along the road. The army of the Vale being a Southern army should realistically have the same struggles in the snowy North. He cant simply show up at the gates of Winterfell to early.

  80. Stephanie: is it not a possibility that Jon Snow is just filming his funeral? I want him alive as much as anyone but don’t want my hopes destroyed!

    Obviously the more Kit Harington appears in Belfast the easier it will be to calculate how involved he will be with this season. We basically need a longer period of time to really determine his involvement for the season.

    However, the most difficult and longest scene they have ever shot in the show was for Hardhome. Hardhome apparently took around 2 – 3 weeks to film, and they had massive special effects and hundreds of extras. They shot every scene 3 times.
    Kit has already been in Belfast for the last 3-4 weeks or so, there is no way that his funeral scene alone would be more difficult or take a longer time to shoot then the Hardhome sequence. At this stage in my opinion it does seem quite likely that he is filming more then just a funeral scene.

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