With all the excitement of the past couple weeks, one forgets that they are still filming season one of Game Of Thrones. Based on the reports, it sounds like up until this week they had been doing most of the filming in the Paint Hall. One report we received talked about a scene that was filmed on Friday, it was a feast scene and it involved a direwolf jumping onto the table and running at one of the actors and “ripping his throat out.” This sounds very similar to a scene in the books between Grey Wind and Greatjon.
This week we are getting reports of exterior shoots. Josef Altin (Pyp) and John Bradley West (Sam) both tweeted that they are in Belfast to film their final scenes. Which means they will likely be filming up at Magheramorne quarry for the last time this year.
We have also received reports of filming being done near Audley’s Castle (pictured above), on the shores of Strangford Lough. The report described the set as consisting of tents, banners, braziers and many men and horses. Sounds like a battle camp to me. This could be the set for the Battle of the Green Fork. Alternately, this could be Robb’s camp as the banners being flown are all Northern banners (Stark, Mormont, Stout). In fact, we have been told that they filmed a scene last night with men inside of a tent. Maybe this is Robb’s final scene and, as has been speculated, they changed the location?
It is also possible that they will be filming both Robb’s camp scenes and Tywin’s camp scenes using the same set. Just switch the banners and the extra’s costumes. We will keep an eye on things over at Audley’s Castle and see how filming progresses.
Lastly, we’ve heard a whisper that some of the crew has already been booked for a second season! I am not sure whether this is a concrete booking or just a way for HBO to ensure they have people ready to go in the event they greenlight another season. It might be that this is just standard practice. But if not, this is another sign that HBO is committed to this project and will be looking to place a second season order very soon into the first season!