Production on ‘House of the Dragon’ rumored to be starting in England!

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Are we looking at the beginning of production on “House of the Dragon”? (Photo: Greg Martin)

We were pretty certain that production on House of the Dragon, the Targaryen-focused Game of Thrones prequel, was slated to start soon, if the show is to stick to its 2022 release — and recent news means we just might be watching that production unfold!

CornwallLive.com reported on April 20 that trucks bearing the “Warner Bros” logo were seen unloading and setting up film equipment. including wheeled lighting rigs, near Penhale Camp, near Holywell, Newquay. Naturally, people on site were not able to say what was being filmed or provide any further details.

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Warner Bros. trucks seen near Penhale. (Photo: Greg Martin)

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Wheeled lighting rigs seen on the beach at Penhale Camp. (Photo: Greg Martin)

Filming activity was also spotted at St. Michael’s Mount, a tidal island in Cornwall’s Mount’s Bay that is home to stunning vistas and a castle that dates to the 12th century. Crews of people could be seen building sets and rigging film equipment, and large tents that also appear to have been set up by the crews were seen. Most tantalizingly, a giant stone archway that looks QUITE Thrones-ish was being built.

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A close-up of the stone archway being built on St. Michael’s Mount. (Photo: Greg Martin)

Although we suppose this activity could be for any WB project, it’s very likely that this is pre-production for HoTD — it was reported that the show the would be filmed in the UK at Leavesden Studios, which is owned by Warner Bros. Additionally, casting calls from earlier this month asked for “Men and women of all ethnicities, ages and looks to film Cornwall on a medieval drama. Ideally, we are looking for men with longer hair and beards and women with long natural hair, so no obvious dye or highlights.”

What do you think? Is this the first glimpse of HoTD filming? Let us know your thoughts!

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    1. Maybe now we’ll have some discussions which won’t seem tiresome to certain* visitors to this site. I know that the musical interludes weren’t for everybody though the malfunctioning of the forums didn’t help.

      Sincerely Thine is getting her second Covid jab today – out in the country (well it’s at the County Showground). There’s another centre within walking distance of where I live but it seems the vaccinations are organised according to which doctors’ practice people are registered with. I’ve ordered a cab because I don’t have a car. There is a bus but it doesn’t run all that often. I hope this one doesn’t make me sleepy like the last one did.

      * That’s not meant to be snarky BTW.

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    2. OMG ITS HAPPENING ITS HAPPENING! EVERYBODY JUST CALM DOWN, JUST. CALM. DOWN. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH

      Wow, Im extremely HYPED about this series, lets go Alicent! (Yes, Im rooting for the baddies, someone has to).

      Also, do we have any information about the costume designer? because in my head Im already imagining the beautiful 13th century headpieces and I cannot stop myself

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    3. I have no doubt this production will be great.
      Let’s see what story will it tell…
      Because the history books we have are inaccurate/subjective – as history always is.

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    4. OberonYronwood,

      I’m not familiar with the Dance of Dragons, other than it being a Targaryen civil war. Is there a clear good side and bad side? I figured it would be more complicated than that.

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    5. Young Dragon,

      Well, lets say that, according to modern standards, there is one group that would have a more favourable public opinion.

      SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER

      The Dance of the Dragons is basically a civil war between two women: Rhaenyra Targaryen, the heiress to the throne (eldest daughter and declared to succeed by her own father, King Viserys I) and Alicent Hightowert, who support her eldest son by the same King, Aegon II, summoning the Westerosi law to her cause.

      So, you know, there is one side that its trying to defend gender equality and the other one is trying to reimpose a patriarcal system, the issue is much much more complex than that but you get the idea 🙂

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    6. Mr Derp,

      It may not be as simple as being a gender war. I haven’t read the source material for HoD but GRRM had touched on male v female succession in ASOIAF. I won’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil anything for people who might read the book version of the novels but haven’t yet done so. I’ll just say that a female character in book Dorne (she wasn’t in show Dorne) is motivated to some of her actions because she thought she was being denied her inheritance. It may be a theme that interests GRRM (not that I can read his mind).

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    7. Dame of Mercia,

      I hope you’re right, but stories tend to be much more simplified for television and there’s very little nuance in the way politics are shoved down people’s throats these days. Most female characters on tv or film these days might as well be named “Strong Woman #1” and “Strong Woman #2”, etc…to appease the perpetually offended twitterverse.

      Identity politics have permeated television. It’s everywhere now. I can easily see HOTD going this route as well. The story sounds tailor-made for it. Don’t forget we’ve already had one actor come out and say there won’t be graphic violence towards women on the show. It’s all setting up to be a p.c. version of GoT. I really hope I’m wrong, but the signs are pointing in that direction.

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    8. Interesting! We are now heading out of lockdown in the UK and come next month will have fewer restrictions that we did in all of 2020 so this certainly seems likely. Presumably though as our borders are closed until 17th May (according to our government at least) we are only using local actors for filming.

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