Game of Thrones adds Kaštel Gomilica in Croatia to season 5 locations

Kaštel Gomilica

Thanks to a notice posted in a Croatian publication, a new shooting location for Game of Thrones season 5 has been discovered.

Kaštel Gomilica, a town just outside of Split, will serve as the newest filming site, according to

gom1The notice was posted in the local news to inform residents that there will be a “controlled burning of small materials” on August 14th on the land along the Bay of Kaštela, opposite the Kaštilac fortress. The incineration will serve as clean-up to prepare the coast for Game of Thrones.

The Kaštel Gomilica shooting dates are not known at this time. However, with Sibenik filming set for Sept. 18th-23rd, and Dubrovnik filming confirmed for late September through mid-October, it seems likely that Kaštel Gomilica will see Game of Thrones‘s crews before the other cities.

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Diana Rigg returns, Game of Thrones filming in the Mournes, and Titanic studios expand

We have a mixed bag of news for readers today! Let’s get right to it.

Based on the observations of this local, it appears that Game of Thrones is now filming season five around the Mournes. The show has filmed in the Mournes several times over the past few years, most notably when Daenerys enters Vaes Dothrak in season 1, and last year’s scene when Arya and the Hound encounter a Riverlands farmer and his young daughter.

In other Game of Thrones news:

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Story Alterations: the Good and the Bad

good11Axey at ya again, bottom-supporters, ready to do the sidewalk shuffle here on the Wall for your reading pleasures!

With the daily trickle of news coming in fits and starts, I thought it’d be a fine time to put up another opinion piece. Though I don’t really want my opinion—I’d rather have yours.

We all know change to ASoIaF is inevitable when translated to a television format. And I asked this question over at WiC a few years ago (and received a varied number of answers) so I thought we’d reshuffle this deck and hit the topic once more.

(And yes, this would be perfectly suited for our forums, but some people out there still don’t realize we have forums! This is your last notification!)

So here’s the task–give me two things: Your favorite story alteration, and your least favorite.

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George R. R. Martin talks book characters and more at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh Book Festival

Earlier today, George R. R. Martin engaged in a talk at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. As well as divulging information about his upbringing and literary influences, he responded to questions regarding A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones. We’ve rounded up some of the highlights.

Warning: Character spoiler for The Winds of Winter/A Dream of Spring after the break.

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George R. R. Martin hosts live event at Edinburgh Book Festival, does lengthy interview with The Independent

67dac432George R. R. Martin will be hosting a live event, “Creating Brave New Worlds”, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival later today.

The event will be livestreamed by BBC Arts Online at 3pm EDT (8pm BST). You can discuss the event while it’s ongoing by supporting the bottom in the comments below.

[UPDATE: The stream has now concluded.]

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Actor J. J. Murphy dies after beginning filming for Game of Thrones season 5

JJ MurphyVeteran Northern Irish actor J. J. Murphy has died while filming scenes for Game of Thrones season 5.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, the eighty-six-year-old thespian had been cast as Ser Denys Mallister, the “oldest member of the Night’s Watch”. He passed just four days after filming his first scenes for the series.

Best known for his theater work (having worked alongside Liam Neeson and Game of Thrones’ own Ciarán Hinds), he also appeared in Irish and Northern Irish films Mickybo and Me, Cal and Angela’s Ashes, and will appear in this year’s Dracula Untold.

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New behind-the-scenes set pics from Game of Thrones season 4

The Wall, from above

The artistry of Game of Thrones is second-to-none, with production beginning months before actors even step foot on set. These new behind-the-scenes photos from season 4 give us a look at the creation of some famous set pieces featured this year on Game of Thrones, from the Wall in the far North, to Joffrey’s wedding, and to across the sea in Braavos.

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New HQ pics of Game of Thrones filming in Portstewart

Dornish 1

Though Game of Thrones has finished location shooting in Portstewart, Northern Ireland, as of yesterday, fresh photos are still surfacing, showing new details. This latest batch is very high quality, taken a few days ago and posted online Saturday by Flickr user Herringpond.

The new HQ pics show a group of peasants and a patrol on horseback that we’ve seen from afar or in grainier photos. These photos provide a closer look at Dornish costuming in season five, and clear up a few questions arising from previous leaks.

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