As we reported earlier today, Game of Thrones has been busy this month shooting at the Winterfell set located in Toome, Northern Ireland. The prominence of the Stark set makes it a bit easier than other sites to get a peek at, thankfully! And this week, the activity has been stepping up at the filming location, with film crews, spotlights and security all over the area.
So, what’s going out on there? Luckily, Oakleaf Photography managed to snag some great shots of the work in progress, and a WotW reader has sent in a video providing another glimpse of tonight’s shoot! Let’s have a look and a listen, and get our speculation on!
Based on changes to the set in Moneyglass, it’s been apparent for some time that there would be some kind of siege to Winterfell in season 8. The only question for us was, would the attack be coming from the White Walkers or from a more human enemy from the South? We believe these new photos from Oakleaf clear up that question. Though it’s always possible the White Walkers attack later, those are certainly humans clad in armor outside Winterfell, in the photos below.
Big night of filming for #GOT8 tonight 26/1 at the Winterfell Set Moneyglass N.Ireland 200+ extras in a big battle scene. This was awesome to see tonight. @WatchersOTWall @WiCnet @GofTNews @GameOfThronesF_ #WinterIsComing #GOT #GameofThrones8 #Ireland pic.twitter.com/UqbUNP0Ira
— Oakleaf Photography (@jct_c) January 26, 2018
It’s hard to say with 100% certainty, but the style of helmets is consistent the armor of House Lannister, the people we would expect to see storming the gates of Winterfell, after Cersei made her intentions clear in the season 7 finale.
In addition to the photos, WotW reader Catháir captured this video of the filming. You can hear the voices of the performers/extras come into the video about 45 seconds in, with the men shouting in sync. Catháir speculates based on what we’re hearing, the soldiers might be using a battering ram; this is certainly possible and could explain them counting/chanting in unison.
What do you think, readers? We’re certainly in for more exciting battles in season 8, ones that might even top the incredible action of season 7!