‘House of the Dragon’ pauses UK filming due to positive COVID-19 case


Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) and Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) look appropriately concerned.

It’s certainly not ideal, but as the world is still in the grip of a pandemic, it’s not entirely surprising that there has been a report of a positive COVID-19 case on the UK set of the Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon.

First reported by Deadline and confirmed by Variety, a production member on the series tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation. The case was discovered as part of industry guidelines that mandate frequent testing, among other rules. Production will reportedly resume on Wednesday after a two-day pause.

There is no word yet if this will affect the timetable for the upcoming shooting in Spain and Portugal. Follow Watchers for any and all updates that we receive!

**This post has been updated to identify Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower in the photo. He was incorrectly named as Paddy Considine, who will play Viserys I. Samantha apologizes for the error, as she was distracted by a cranky toddler when she wrote up this story.

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    1. Crumbs, that’s unfortunate. There was a Freedumb march in London today though when I can’t understand the logic when it’s the first day back to “normal”. I think we need to be careful but I want a return (as much as possible) to pre-pandemic times as much as anyone There’s a minority (but a vocal one) in the UK that’s gone down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole and I just hope that being able to interact in person will help people break free from the nuttier side of the internet. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been glad of Zoom and Skype meetings to help stop me going mildly nutty over the last year and a bit. Anyway, fellow WONW followers don’t need my ranting – I just hope HoD is back on track as soon as possible.

      Anyway, a humorous interlude – the (now-ex) British Health Secretary was caught by the Sun Newspaper having a kiss and a cuddle with a lady who was not his wife. Here is a (short) parody by comedian Munya Chawawa (built up a following on TikTok I believe though being an oldster I do ‘do’ Tiktok). I must admit I don’t know all the slang words. The ‘Dominic’ is Dominic Cummings, formerly an aide to Boris Johnstone but they aren’t palsy-walsy anymore. https://youtu.be/XPAoAMsJuxE

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    2. Dame of Mercia,

      I must admit, I’m not familiar with “palsy-walsy” either. Must be British slang.

      I’m learning much about British slang from “The Great British Baking Show”. I’ve never heard the phrase “push the boat out” until I started watching that show.

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    3. Michael H Byrd:
      I thought Paddy was the King. Why is he wearing the Hand badge?

      Good spot!
      I thought Rhys Ifans is going to play Hand of the King Otto Hightower, and as you said, Paddy Considine will be playing King Viserys.

      Isn’t that Rhys Ifans in the photo? Or is it Paddy Considine?

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    4. Azor Asshai,

      It’s still difficult for me to picture Rhys Ifans in a “serious” dramatic role, since the first time I saw him was as the goofball roommate “Spike” in “Notting Hill” (1999).
      [Two clips below. ⚠️ Major Spoiler Alert! for anyone who hasn’t seen “Notting Hill” starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant]

      • at 0:40 Spike meets the press in his underwear

      • at 0:30 (Spike: “You daft pr*ck!”)
      Also, I think that’s Tim McInnerney (GoT’s Lord Glover) in the blue shirt at 0:22.

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