Though Winterfell was taken by the Ironborn and burned by the Boltons, the former seat of House Stark remains, and the set is now taking shape again in Northern Ireland.
Originally built at Castle Ward, the set being built this year in Moneyglass (as it was season 2) includes the courtyard where much of the Winterfell action has taken place.
A return to Winterfell was implied in the eighth episode of the fourth season, as Theon Greyjoy and the Boltons approached the ruins of the castle. The presence of the castle is not unexpected as it plays a role in the fifth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Dance With Dragons.
In the photos below, portions of the set look burnt. A Bolton Flayed Man banner is partially visible in the first photograph, draped over the pole.
This was built at the same location, but studying it, it doesn’t look like it belongs to the Winterfell set and may belong to an entire different storyline from the show.
SuetheFury: Well, now we know what they were building in Moneyglass. It was Winterfell all along!
These photos of the Winterfell godswood have surfaced on Reddit as well. It’s unknown how recently they were taken.
Fingers crossed for Winterfell storyline casting 🙂
I feel like crying…
The Northern stuff will be filmed later than the rest, if I remember correctly, so I assume we’ll start hearing about that kind of thing whenever they start shooting there.
Winterfell, I missed you.
I wonder if they’ll have the Bolton flayed man replace the Stark direwolf in the opening credits for Winterfell
Hear Marko Roar,
Agree – welcome back Winterfell. Now we need casting news about a certain rotund lord from White Harbor.
That would hurt too much 🙂
Haha would be a great stomach punch
Now all we need is Wyman the pieman. He is essential to the Northern Plot.
These have turned up too. I don’t know if they’re also from Moneyglass but they were in the comments section for the GoT reddit post for which this article’s pics turned up in.
Maybe the will show Winterfell during the credits again. That would be awesome.
Sweet , I love Winterfell , although the fancy screen doors on the bottom picture don’t seem to fit with Winterfell , surely the doors at Winterfell would be big sturdy things to keep warmth in , not fancy screen doors more fitting for a warm climate .
they have fake snow in the background of the godswood. Nice, winter is coming finally.
I’m really curious to discover new places of Winterfell (I hope we’ll get many scenes there and it should be one of the highlights of the season !)
Also looking forward to the visuals of the castle. We havent seen WF since season 2 and I’m quite sure, the designs and visuals will have evolved for season 5 !
And thanks Greenjones for this pics ! Seing the godswood covered in snow gives me a looooooot of hope for next season ! We need snow in WF !
Aye, indeed. I hope we get Roose’s rationalization about the weather as well as the weather itself.
We saw the castle in ep. 408 IIRC. I think the design was the same it had been in s1 and 2 when we saw it then.
I would guess so, yeah.
The godswood of Winterfell… We have two choices…
Yes Winterfell!! I feel so nostalgic right now, and yeah I really hope they improve the design of the place and show us new locations like wintertown.
I know it will hurt but I think it would be a cool idea to at some point replacing the direwolf of Stark with flayed man of Bolton, only because of the politics of it, because thats the whole point the map in the intro, to guide us through the story, the families and the castles/cities. But it will only make sence after the
because only then Winterfell will be under Bolton rule officialy
I’m glad to see snow at the Godswood too-after four seasons of ‘winter coming,’ it will be good to actually see winter COME, south of the Wall.
They’re definitely pushing on with the series…
I’m crossing my fingers there will be some big battle scenes filmed on this set too as well…
Winterfell was never left out of the credits IIRC. Even after the Boltons making it a smoking ruin…
Missed the old place!
With the Moneyglass set being revealed to be this. I guess there’s now potential for
Or maybe Deepwood Mott is not longer held by ironborns… IIRC Ramsay told Theon (4×08) that after they took Moat Cailin the ironborn will flee from the North… But until now, it is still uncertain.
I would like to see the Flayed Man banner used when introducing the Dreadfort stretched over the direwolf “gear” so that you at least can feel that it’s only temporary…
When I saw that photo, my heart just went “we’re going home.”
I want the Starks to go home!
I assume they were being sarcastic, and criticizing Winterfell being kept in the credits even though it was off screen for 2 seasons.
It looks like they will put a frozen surface on the pond with the all the stabilising wood.
I don’t know what the wooden underconstruction for the pond is used for… unless they finally let winter come and make the pond frozen *fingers crossed*
dammit dragonslayer beat me
The building in the last picture before the godswood looks a lot like the inn from episode 401.
That looks amazing! My favorite part of ADWD and perhaps the entire series… I hope they don’t fuck it up 🙂
We need some Northern lords as featured extras, Manderly and someone to replace Jeyne Poole (which we hopefully already got with that “Winterfell worker”).
I also love that they redid the Heart Tree’s face, it looked quirky in season 1
Sarcasmis hard to pick up on when reading
Yes it is.
It’s a wonderful feeling to see Winterfell again. Also, the fake snow and the wooden structure where the lake was makes me thing winter is truly coming in Season 5, at last. I’m also looking forward to see the place as portrayed with the show’s current budget. We haven’t seen Winterfell for two seasons now, and the production values have changed A LOT since Season 2.
Anyone else get the Winterfell song in their head as they were reading this? just me?
It has the same kind of windows as the building Dinklage was photographed inside (the pic that appeared on Twitter), so might be the exteriors of the brothel we’ve been hearing about.
Me too. The North Remembers.
I really hope to see Deepwood Mott onscreen, but I have to realize the possibility that they could cut the
could be taken as an indicator (or not).
It’s implied that Telltale’s tie in game will focus (at least partially) on Deepwood Motte, so hopefully that means the show WILL cover it to a certain extent. There’s also still plenty of time to film it and build a set given that filming ends in mid December.
Do we know if it’s based exclusively on show or book canon, or a mix or both?
I will pray to the old gods and the new, as well as he who dwells beneath the waves.
Also since they’ve been keen to give Yara something to do every year and since they like having characters from different walks of life/storylines meet up, it makes sense that they’ll include Deepwood Motte and what eventually happens there.
I’m feel so sad seeing these photos. Oh, I miss the Starks in Winterfell.
The final scenes of Roose and Ramsay in season 4, including the approach to Winterfell, show a smattering of snow on the ground (which was CGI’d in, according to the VFX reels). Not a lot of snow, but obviously present.
It’s based on show canon and is meant to tie in to the season but it will fill gaps with book stuff and original stuff
Watching the opening credits, I’ve wondered about the face on the tree in WF’s godswood. It looks somewhat like WF’s old maester, does it not?
THIS would be great.
This could work…
I don’t know if Patchface is a troll (he seems not, but I hope he was because I want LS more than anything in the show), but if his information is accurate, at least we will have some Greyjoy’s adventures the next season.
Summarizing, I think Euron will make the cut, and Yara will introduce him to the show… then she will flee to Deepwood Mott and then Stannis will capture her, but maybe Euron will be delayed to S6, so, Yara won’t be taken captive by Stannis before the Battle of Winterfell. To be honest, the Yara-Stannis issue should happen? Maybe they found another way by which the mountain clans and other northern lords join Stannis without the need to introduce Deepwood Mott.
I think it’s important
I think the show did a pretty poor job of explaining what happened there and who burnT the castle back in season 2. They never really revealed that Boltons did it in S3 or S4 either!
Roose Bolton tells Walder Frey in the season 3 finale that Ramsay burned Winterfell to the ground.
I think those strange lattice doors belong to the brothel we saw early in Season 1, don’t they?
Could this be
especially because there is no Ros anymore and we haven’t got anything about Jane Poole?
I feel like crying ):
EDIT: Um… How do the spoiler tags work?
This is pure speculation, but it’s possible Euron will be mentioned by other characters throughout S5, without actually being introduced.
At this point, Cersei would send Ser Loras to defend The Reach (instead of DragonStone) in hopes that he will be killed, thus freeing herself from her marriage (though she may be free of that already with Tywin’s death), and removing the only chance for the Tyrell name to continue.
Euron would then be introduced in the flash in S6.
But the Godswood and ponds don’t freeze because of underground hot springs, right? Where is AngryGOTFan when you need him? #NOONEUNDERSTAAANDS!!!
Yes, it is important… I like Asha Greyjoy, and I like Gemma as Yara Greyjoy, but D&D have managed to leave out important elements in their adaptation. Anyway, I hope we get
I just remember Stannis and Co. being introduced without help of already known characters. Even for Dorne,
If Euron is not presented by Yara’s POV, I will bet he’s cut.
Winterfell’s music is always depressing :/. Looking forward to Braavos’ music. Wonder if they will use a variation of Jaqen’s theme for it 🙂
Mine is the Furry,
They have been, I thought, always filled with smoke. Always makes me sad to see.
Looks like they are setting something up by the godwood – maybe a wedding? Oh Theon being spooked by someone calling his name (it would be cool if a certain boy’s face would appear on the tree)
Not sure how they are going to get all of the Ironborn story in two seasons. I’d be surprised if the Kingsmott shows up. But having Yara be there with Stannis would make sense as he makes his way there. I am now rereading DOD, and am just at the point where Stannis is snowbound. I don’t remember what happens next for Winterfell (thats what I like about getting older – old books are new ones all over again!)
Im glad I am rereading this – now that I know more background of the characters and stories, Im having an easier time dealing with all of the characters that were introduced in this book. And Im liking it a lot more then I did on first read.
“I have from a source who works with Elastic and doesn’t want to get in trouble:
Inferefufi… I’m wondering which new places we’ll see in the title sequence. Sunspear for sure, but Pyke? Deepwood Mott? Volantis? Some castle in The Reach and/or The Vale? Will we see Pentos again?
This “shooting in Belfast” Artisan’s Piece from the Spring shows that they used a barn in Moneyglass as both the Inn that Arya and Sandor stop by in 401 and Mole’s Town in 403 and 408. As I saw someone mention either in this article’s comments, another ones or maybe over at AFOIAF, this picture here is of that very same barn (albeit with some renovations). Given the designs on the window matching those from that Tyrion photo, I’d say they filmed the Selhorys/Volantis brothel here.
Bran’s dream? Ned?
I like your proposal… it could works if
I think the kingsmoot is being cut. D&D have said they want 7 seasons. There is no way to cover WoW and the KingsMoot in season 6. The showrunners have to begin workings toward an endgame.
The Ironborn reaver is probably a composite character to send to Essos to replace Victorian, after the attacks on the Reach.
According to “Inside HBO’s GOT”, only Euron is listed as Theon’s uncle. It seems that previously Victarion was in that family tree and now he was removed. I don’t know how reliable this guide is, but if it serves as proof, at least we will have Euron (I like Euron more than Victarion and Aeron, so… if this becomes true, I will be happy)… It’s a shame that the show doesn’t care about details as that Tyrion’s reference to “uncles” (a Harlow uncle still is possible).
Well , I’d take one over neither but if they’re
Did it ever occur to you that the reason the Sand Snakes were cast and Vic wasn’t, was because they are more significant, especially in the end game?
I’m not against any characters being cast, but if it is an either/or scenario, give me Euron over Vic the Dullard.
The Sand Snakes maybe didn’t have a relevant role (if any) in aFfC and aDwD, but they could be very important in WoW and aDoS… D&D have information that we don’t. I think that include them before they become a central piece is good. So, no complains.
I like Victarion in the books, but to be true… the only-show viewers won’t be willing to give screen time to understand the familial issues of Martells (poor Arianne and her claim as the heiress of Dorne) and Greyjoys (poor, abused Victarion, which late wife once betrayed him with his brother).
The guy who uploaded the pics said he also saw a “whole section” of cages which (for some reason) he assumed were for direwolves. Looks like Ramsay’s bitches are making a return. And I guess Reek’s new home is in one of the cages as well.
I just noticed the matching window pattern myself, I bet they are the same building.
I wonder, are they going to film
here. That would require a heck of a lot of fake snow.
Yeah, but they’ll need to put holes in it for people to fall through ….
Winter Is Coming! The North Remembers FTW!
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