Iceland filming location revealed
By Hear Me Roar on in News, Production.

Vatnajökull IcelandWe knew next to nothing about the plans for filming in Iceland. Until now. The filming is upon us, and as sure as winter snows, the information started trickling in. Well, last night was more of an info dump, actually. Towards the end of November they start shooting Thrones at the Vatnajökull (pronunciation) glacier, the biggest glacier of Iceland with over 8,000 km² in size, which is in fact a national park almost in itself (the park encompasses an area of 12,000 km²/4,500 sq mi, or 12% of Iceland’s surface).

The news was revealed at this Icelandic website, which kindly dropped a reference to yours truly. The local production partner is going to be Pegasus, who are already looking for extras, both men and women, who should be agile and bearded (especially the former). People of Iceland, write to sara@pegasus.is to apply – and please keep us informed of the goings-on, if you would.


111 Comments

  1. More Rice Cooks
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 3:45 am | Permalink

    Well…that looks cold

  2. The DarkStar
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    Gonna be epic, I mean come on, a TV SHOW filming in locations like that…. That’s sick.

  3. Lex
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    I love anything and everything about Iceland. Can’t wait to see it in the show.

  4. Oi!
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 4:12 am | Permalink

    CGI trees, everywhere CGI trees.

  5. Hear Me Roar
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    Well, given that they shot Craster elsewhere, in a wooded area, I’d venture Iceland will predominantly stand for Frostfangs/Skirling Pass and those icy, jagged environments, the way it makes sense.

  6. Lisa
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 4:37 am | Permalink

    I’m so looking forward to all the Beyond-the-Wall stuff. I think it’s time for my Icelandic class to go on an excursion. ;)

  7. KG
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 4:59 am | Permalink

    I listened to the pronunciation. I wanted to give the guy the Heimlich Maneuver

  8. Jackie MacPherson
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    I was hoping to be able to say “been there!” but um.. nope. That’s quite a bit out of Reykjavik. ;)

    Hadn’t realised they’d already shot Craster’s stuff. Thought John and Kit were still to start.

  9. Hilda
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    I just want to see Kit! I know I suck! But Damnit…I love me some Kit!

  10. Moe
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    It looks magical!

  11. Hear Me Roar
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    Jackie MacPherson,

    Well, that’s what we believed based on a cottage in the woods set report …

  12. QueenB
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    It’s going to be *gorgeous*. Can’t wait!

    And there are SOME trees in Iceland – mostly in the graveyards, where a pine was often planted in lieu of a headstone.

  13. Tar Kidho
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    Looks like the Vatnajökull National Park is quite diverse in terms of landscapes, but is consistently breathtakingly beautiful! So far, I personally haven’t been a big fan of the Nightwatch’s storyline, but my goodness am I looking forward to it in the coming seasons!!! (they won’t even have to build sheds for the Wildlings)

    As The Darkstar said, it’s unseen for a tv show to film in locations like that, spanning terrain from Iceland to the Mediterranean. I have to admit, if anything, I was a bit underwhelmed last season in terms of how they used the different filming locations – I thought they could have shown off the landscapes more. And (totally controversially now) I actually thought Camelot did a better job at that, but then again, they had much much less story to tell. So I’m very happy that from next season on there will be more outdoor stuff North of the Wall. With Iceland as a location it will be impossible not to have stunning vistas set in delicious light!

    KG: I listened to the pronunciation. I wanted to give the guy the Heimlich Maneuver

    :-) Still it’s childsplay compared to the pronunciation of that volcano that erupted last year: Eyjafjallajökull.

  14. Hear Me Roar
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Tar Kidho,

    You mean more longshots of landscapes? Because in terms of variety they kept riding along the same low wall for the first few episodes :P

  15. Tar Kidho
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Hear Me Roar,

    You’ve got a point there :-)

    What I mean is that I think GoT could have done better with the landscapes they’ve visited. Probably I was expecting too much, or maybe I’m spoiled by watching too many BBC programs, not only their excellent documentaries (like the recent Frozen Planet), but even shows like Top Gear that often have shots in them that make me want to point my camera at my tv to take pictures. Dany&Drogo’s sunset wedding scene was the highlight for me, but other than that I was a bit underwhelmed by the lighting conditions. Again, probably I expected too much, this is a tv show that films on a very tight schedule and I shouldn’t compare it to nature documentaries or the LotR movies. Still, it makes me happy to know that filming in Iceland almost certainly will lead to great sceneries and fantastic lighting conditions.

  16. Hear Me Roar
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Tar Kidho,

    I was beeing a bit cheeky (Camelot causes that), but you have a valid point.

    What do others think?

  17. Ripley
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    I´m really tempted to try out for the extras…

  18. Epic the wonderful
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Since D&D said they don’t have enough money to hire a plane/helicopters to do landscape shots, I’m sure that iceland, ireland, and wherever else they go is a decision for cheap production value (old castles, etc) over all else. It doesn’t mean they are going to put a face on those landscapes. Which is sometimes a shame to waste that beautiful natural landscape. Even if I was hopeful for more lavish scenery, I wouldn’t expect that. I have naturally very low expectations this year, so I’m sure I will enjoy the program better than last year.

  19. Winterdark
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Hear Me Roar,

    As far as Camelot goes I wholeheartedly agree. That was the best cancellation I heard in a long time. As far as landscapeviews go I think they did a very good job. We got quite a lot of the area around Winterfell, We got a very nice view of the vale of Arryn, we got a couple of views of the land beyond the wall and we got a couple of nice riverlands shots. Nothing to complain in that respect imo.

  20. John
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Winterdark:
    Hear Me Roar,

    As far as Camelot goes I wholeheartedly agree. That was the best cancellation I heard in a long time. As far as landscapeviews go I think they did a very good job. We got quite a lot of the area around Winterfell, We got a very nice view of the vale of Arryn, we got a couple of views of the land beyond the wall and we got a couple of nice riverlands shots. Nothing to complain in that respect imo.

    Why are all people hating on Camelot ? I thought it was actually a decent show .

  21. Hear Me Roar
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    John,

    Well, it wasn’t a good show, in my opinion (and many people share it). It was actually a bad show, compared to others of similar kind, and in absolute terms. Mo Ryan was very lenient in her phrasing, but she outlined all the problems of the show. My standards are not insanely high, either … Writing was the worst part, I think, and I put v much into that aspect of a show.

  22. Ser Moller
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    There is not a lot of forests in Iceland and even less with tall trees. So they won’t catch any wide shots of The Haunted Forest near Vatnajökull. There is an Icelandic joke:
    Q: What do you do if you get lost in an Icelandic forest?
    A: Stand up.

  23. John
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Ser Moller:
    There is not a lot of forests in Iceland and even less with tall trees. So they won’t catch any wide shots of The Haunted Forest near Vatnajökull. There is an Icelandic joke:
    Q: What do you do if you get lost in an Icelandic forest?
    A: Stand up.

    Do you really think they will film ALL the beyond the wall stuff in Iceland ? I’m sure that some stuff was filmed in Belfast too as already mentioned which is Craster’s Keep and probably the Haunted Forest too .

  24. Colin Hicks
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Do the women need to be bearded too?

  25. G_Lee
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    KG,

    You’re just jealous that you’re language doesn’t sound anywhere as viking-style badass as Icelandic!

  26. Hear Me Roar
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Colin Hicks,

    No, that was my silly attempt at a joke ;)

  27. spacechampion
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Weirdly, I dreamt about the filming in Iceland this morning. In the dream Kit stopped a scene in tears because it was too cold for him, as his ears were turning black. Poor bugger.

  28. Jon
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    That is an amazing location!! I visited Skaftafell National Park (just below Vatnajökull) back in June, and hiked up to the summit of Kristinartindar, overlooking some enormous glaciers tumbling down from the icecap. We then drove further up the coast, where the many glaciers meet the sea, passing many lakes full of icebergs. If you want that Middle Earth / Westeros feel, Iceland is it. I posted a HD video a while ago on Youtube here. Highly recommend visiting while the exchange rates are favourable!

  29. Hirondelle
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Tar Kidho: I shouldn’t compare it to nature documentaries or the LotR movies. Still, it makes me happy to know that filming in Iceland almost certainly will lead to great sceneries and fantastic lighting conditions.

    I’m a huge fan of nature/outdoor scenes myself. It’s part of what attracts the escapist in me to fantasy and period pieces and I’m always a little disappointed when it’s not used to its full potential. The Season 1 scene that stands out because it really underwhelmed me is the one where Dany walks about three paces into the Dothraki Sea. It was so abrupt and without atmosphere, I remember people thinking she was going for a pee, instead of some coming-to-terms-with-her-new-life alone time.

    The LotR movies are the best and the worst example at the same time. Best, because their landscape scenes are simply to die for (one of my personal favourites: the lighting of the beacons) and worth many re-watches. Worst, because their budget is in a totally different league from GoT. But we all know that. I’ll be content if Season 2 gives us more than just one quick shot of a location and tries to use lighting like they did so beautifully in the scene at the Twins.

    In any case, the occasionally painful process of reconciling my expectations with what a TV show can deliver is complete and I am very excited.

  30. Nimic
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    I remember the Hoth part of Star Wars being filmed in Norway. Or, rather, I remember my mother telling me about it, seeing as how it happened before I was born.

  31. Hirondelle
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    John: Why are all people hating on Camelot ? I thought it was actually a decent show .

    Well, what did you like about it? I thought the intro was pretty decent.

    The writing and casting on the other hand were so abysmal I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I managed to sit through 3.5 episodes, because I am a sucker for the genre and wanted to like it, but that was all I could stomach, sorry.

  32. Joshua Taylor
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Iceland= Beyond the Wall. I can’t wait to see the cinematography. They wouldn’t have chosen to shoot to Iceland if they weren’t planning to impact us with some dazzling imagery.

    Off topic: The plan was that Fringe would keep me company until April. But how the hell can I watch it when Fox keeps delaying THE MOST ANTICIPATED EPISODE due to Baseball!??!!

    Arghgh! Need behind the scenes pics/videos of the new characters….

  33. Liesie
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    I absolutely love Icenland and I can’t think of any location that would be a better fit for ‘beyond the wall’ (Antartic? :p) It’s going to be epic for sure!

  34. Janeh227
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    spacechampion,

    Think we are spending WAY too much time in Westeros — I dreamt last night that a man rode up on an evil looking black horse and transformed into Ramsay Bolton (don’t ask me how I knew it was him)!

  35. Tar Kidho
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Hirondelle: I’m a huge fan of nature/outdoor scenes myself. It’s part of what attracts the escapist in me to fantasy and period pieces

    Exactly my reasons for being attracted to (non-urban) fantasy! I’m gonna venture a guess and say that one of your favourite movies is Into the Wild?

    I’ll be content if Season 2 gives us more than just one quick shot of a location and tries to use lighting like they did so beautifully in the scene at the Twins.

    As any decent photographer will tell you, lighting is everything. From the past season, I was for instance a bit disappointed in that regard by The Vale. Whereas the cgi itself is quite impressive, unfortunately the lighting in the ‘real’ part is so dour that the end result lacked the luster I imagined the Vale to posess. I was expecting crisp colours, as I know them from the Alps, and as I hope to see them also in the Beyond the Wall scenes.

    To illustrate what I mean, here’s an example of some of my own pictures: the same scene shot on the same day, once in ordinary light and once in better lighting conditions. As shown by BBC programs like Top Gear, Coast, A History of Ancient Brittain etc, you don’t need LOTR budgets to have stunning images. GoT, with their tight schedules, are more dependant probably on luck for nice meteoric conditions, so here’s hoping the Icelandic weather will be kind to the production!

    Epic the wonderful: Since D&D said they don’t have enough money to hire a plane/helicopters to do landscape shots

    Luckily then that good photography (/cinematography) does not depend on the availability of planes and helicopters :-)

  36. dizzy_34
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    Sorry for you loss. I’ve never watched Fringe, however Go Rangers! (even after having my heart ripped out last night)

  37. Michelle Peeples
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    This is why I could never be sent to the Wall. I just look at this photo and I’m shivering!

  38. phoenix_torn
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Just one more reason I need to go to Iceland!

  39. andrea
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I too am a bit disappointed by the lack of landscape in GoT. For example, I watched a few episodes of Wallander (UK) and I was very impressed with the cinematography. They used extremely well all the different shades of light. Each landscape is fully exploited, from a field of sunflowers with a divine blue light to all kinds of green and yellow from a rural area or the grays and blues of the coast line. Oh, and beautiful woods.
    I understand that probably the only expensive thing in this show was Mr. Brannagh salary, I´m not trying to compare one show to another. Just saying that sometimes you don´t need a helicopter to shoot landscapes that take your breath away.

    Tar Kidho: but is consistently breathtakingly beautiful!

    I know ice and glaciers here but those pictures are really beautiful.

    I listened to the Viking … and I thought he had a cold. He said “Vatnajökull”… or just sneezed?

  40. Hear Me Roar
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Well, as far as I’m concerned, I liked the aesthetics of GoT very much for the most part. Several very memorable locations, the pretty light of the late summer in the countryside “picnic” scene, the hot&dusty capital, Winterfell and the surroundings, first view of the Wall, freezing nights at the top of it, the light in godswood … and many many more.

  41. Hirondelle
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Tar Kidho: I’m gonna venture a guess and say that one of your favourite movies is Into the Wild?

    Hell yeah! Including the soundtrack by Eddie Vedder.

    Not really a favourite, but “The Eagle” (bromance set beyond Hadrian’s Wall in Roman Age Britain) impressed me with stunning, atmospheric outdoor camera work.

    Tar Kidho: an example of some of my own pictures: the same scene shot on the same day, once in ordinary light and once in better lighting conditions.

    I tried to look those up, but I am “forbidden”. *_*

    In weak, murky light my camera needs a lot of coaxing to so much as get out of bed, so I know the value of good light and that it can’t be ordered/scheduled by hobby photographers or film crews. It takes timing, time, and Lady Luck’s favour.

  42. Cheri
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Is that even a real place? The word sounds totally made up…I agree with KG, it sounds like the pronouncer is choking :)

  43. Epic-itty
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Tar Kidho: Luckily then that good photography (/cinematography) does not depend on the availability of planes and helicopters :-)

    Unluckily it doesn’t explain much of season 1 looking fake, esp. the east. But, hopefully, lesson learned.

  44. Joshua Taylor
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    dizzy_34,

    Fringe is a fantastic show. At first I thought it was JJ Abram’s attempt at The X-Files (and there are nods) but as it unfolds it becomes its own thing entirely with great characters and a grand tapestry of a mythology that becomes so complex yet not convoluted like Lost. And it has John Noble who along with Anna Torv (especially for the last two seasons) should have won an Emmy long ago, let alone be nominated for one. But I’ll happily give the honour to Peter Dinklage this year. In short it deserves to be much more popular than it actually is. But Fox puts it on Friday nights and hardly anyone watches TV at that time. I am honestly amazed that they haven’t cancelled it yet. In another parallel universe Fringe would be a phenomenon and Lost merely it’s predecessor.

  45. John
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Epic-itty: Unluckily it doesn’t explain much of season 1 looking fake, esp. the east.But, hopefully, lesson learned.

    It didn’t look fake to me . But of course people have to be picky and forget that after all it is a tv show not a big budgeted movie .

  46. Epic-itty
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    I think you are right about noble and torv, but the show itself is a bit silly. However it did start amazingly… It just got caught up in a ridiculous soapy theme of parallel dimensions.

  47. Epic-itty
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    John,

    I stand corrected.

  48. Hear Me Roar
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Hirondelle,

    Cool, I’m checking The Eagle some day soon anyway :)

  49. Tar Kidho
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Hirondelle: I tried to look those up, but I am “forbidden”. *_*

    Weird, some people can watch those links but others apparently can’t. At the cost of my privacy, here are more general links: the ‘bad one‘ and the better one.

    I will definitely watch The Eagle at some point – if they’re good, I can easily watch a film just for the images!

  50. andrea
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Hirondelle: The Eagle

    Well… Anthony Dod Mantle was the cinematographer in that movie and also in Wallander (UK) so, there you have it (I don´t know if you saw my comment about Wallander)

  51. Galen Firestone
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Okay, looking at this shot, this looks really nice. Really pretty landscape. Though I wouldn’t want to be there myself, snow and I aren’t good friends.

  52. jkb
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    lay off the magnifying glass and enjoy the show. this ain’t right. that ain’t right.

    i mean omg , a TV show ain’t totally perfect, what a shock.

  53. ssgorik
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    To all the other “all things Martin” fans out there his Wild Cards series is being turned into films!

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/game-of-thrones-george-rr-martin-wild-cards-254382

  54. Varamyr Fourskins
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    I can almost see the mammoths plodding around already…

  55. KG
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    G_Lee,

    No, no I’m not :D But if it makes ya feel better, knock yourself out!

  56. Pau Soriano
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Been there, been there!! :-D

  57. Hirondelle
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Tar Kidho,

    Tar Kidho: At the cost of my privacy, here are more general links: the ‘bad one‘ and the better one.

    Wow, thanks. Much appreciated!

  58. Hirondelle
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    andrea,

    Now you mention it, I remember being so impressed with The Eagle’s cinematography that I actually went online to check who did it (Anthony Dod Mantle), something I had never done before, and saw Wallander on his list of projects.

    Nina Gold’s work has had a similar effect on me: GoT’s very nearly perfect casting and how it amplified the show’s quality made me look up Gold’s other projects and I wasn’t really surprised to discover she had worked on many films that I remember primarily for the fantastic acting down to the smallest role. Now casting director is on my movie-research radar, just like cinematographer.

  59. andrea
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Hirondelle: Nina Gold’s work has had a similar effect on me:

    I know ! Red Riding and Eastern Promises among others!
    Check out Wallander´s cinematography, it´s beautiful.

  60. Joshua Taylor
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Epic-itty,

    Disagree. I thought the 3rd Season was incredible. But I see how one could construe it as ‘silly’. That parallel universe story line has been built up from the very start. I suppose you wanted more of an anthology, case by case like the first season? To be honest I watch a lot of shows on DVD (I rarely watch a show on air) and I find I get a different opinion from those who watch a series from week to week. You can kind of forgive allot that frustrate the weekly viewer as ‘filler’ when you don’t have to wait a whole week until the next episode airs, as in one hour something bothering is finally resolved as opposed to seven days. They really are engineering TV series in the Serial aspect now, each season being one book, one volume of a bigger story. Fringe is among those shows.
    As for the ‘silly’ comment, well of course Fringe is ‘silly’ ,so is X-Files, so is Star Wars, so is Blade Runner, so is Song of Ice and Fire etc. Personally what many people call ‘silly’ I call imaginative or ambitious. But that’s just me.

    We don’t seem to agree much on things do we? Oh well, different strokes, different folks.

  61. Langkard
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    I see the Frostfangs!

    We still have time to buy a bunch of large trout, paint them black, place them all over the glacier and then cover them with a thin layer of water which will freeze transparently over them. I can imagine the shooting now!

    “Cut, cut cut! What is that in the background?”

    “Uh, it looks like thousands of black fish in the ice.”

    “Are the fish wearing masks?”

    “Let me zoom in here… uh, yeah, Guy Fawkes masks. And there are hundreds of the fish all frozen into the glacier!”

    /facepalm

    Woohoo!

  62. Ryan E
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    jkb: lay off the magnifying glass and enjoy the show. this ain’t right. that ain’t right.i mean omg , a TV show ain’t totally perfect, what a shock.

    I’m with ya… its a TV show, it will never look like LOTR or how you imagined it in your head. But, personally I was amazed at how great GOT looked last season, and blown away by how good of a job HBO did.

    Iceland for beyond the Wall will be awesome!

  63. Kim Litzow
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    If it meant working with Kit Harington, I’d try out for the extras. I don’t think I could do the beard, but if they want the women to have beards, I’m sure they have plenty in make up…so many character’s wore wigs in season one, you’d think they could add beards where they need them. Also, be warned, Kit Harington in Iceland can be dangerous. Think avalances, melting glaciers…..;)

  64. Epic-itty
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor: I
    thought the 3rd Season was incredible.

    As soon as the silliness kicked in gear at the start of season 2, I lost interest. Disclaimer: I will not “give it another chance”.

    Joshua Taylor:  (I rarely watch a show on air)

    You’ll find this is the case for more and more people every day. I watched Fringe season 1 and 2 within a month.

    Joshua Taylor:
    Fringe is ‘silly’ ,so is X-Files, so is Star Wars, so is Blade Runner,

    Not cool.

    The thing that makes Fringe silly is the multiple dimensions thing. Really lacking in sense there; really you have to prep yourself and say to yourself: “don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense, you are only watching it for John Noble quips or Anna Torv’s sexy shirt”. Dimensions are so convenient.. a loophole for creating mystery the easy way. The endless mystery. The opposite of ambition in storytelling.

    They should have stuck with the central theme of ‘fringe science police team’. THAT was imaginative and ambitious… The characters of s01 could have been developed into realistic interesting people instead of built into a giant magical conspiracy slowly unravelling and expanding. It’s just a cop out. You compare lost to this. Lost had cliffhangers at least.

  65. Arstan Whitebeard
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Permalink
  66. andrea
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Langkard,

    neoprene suits allowed?

  67. Winterdark
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Wow, I leave for one day and there are discussions about two of my favorite series.

    Wallander(UK)
    I love this series! I’ve never been able to finish a Mankell book, couldn’t even watch the looong films with Rolf Lassgard but now they’re turning his 400 page books into 90 minute movies I’m suddely all into Wallander. If you like the UK series you should try the Swedish series with Krister Henrikson. Different cinematographer of course but the same landscape and you do get very nice views. Also very good stories even though they’re not by Mankell and great acting. At least in the first season. The second season’s not so good.

    Fringe

    The first two seasons were great with not a single bad episode amongst them. The third season was more varied. There were very good episodes like the three part finale but also completely unwatchable episodes like Stowaway. Overall it was an uneven but not that bad season. Now season 4 is back to awesome . Loved every episode I’ve seen so far. I’m still as big a fan of the series as I was 4 years ago. And yes it should get more recognition. Both in timeslots as well as awards such as that emmy which Noble should’ve defintely gotten by now. It’s well made, very fun series and I hope it lasts for more than 4 seasons.

  68. andrea
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Winterdark: you should try the Swedish series with Krister Henrikson.

    Swedish Wallander I see it on tv, UK Wallander on the computer. Great acting in both. And landscapes of course. Wallander UK breaks my heart sometimes though. Harsh.
    Do you know if this one is also filmed in Sweden? just curious.

  69. Johan Sporre
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    andrea,

    Yes, UK Wallander was filmed on location in Sweden (in the actual area it’s supposed to be portraying).

  70. Tar Kidho
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Ok, I’m curious now and will watch Wallander to check out the cinematography! (BBC4 just started re-broadcasting the Swedish version – tomorrow evening they give S1 Ep2)

  71. PE_RICHARDSON
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    HUZZAH A TRIUMPH! second favourite place in Iceland!

  72. andrea
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Johan Sporre,

    I guessed by the street signs, police uniforms and all, but to be sure. Thanks.

    Tar Kidho: to check out the cinematography

    Swedish Wallander has nice cinematography but the one that really impressed me was UK version. Anyway, you´ll judge for yourself as it seems that you know about photography.

  73. spacechampion
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    Janeh227:
    spacechampion,
    Think we are spending WAY too much time in Westeros — I dreamt last night that a man rode up on an evil looking black horse and transformed into Ramsay Bolton (don’t ask me how I knew it was him)!

    Was the first man Reek?

  74. spacechampion
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Permalink
  75. The Instrumentalist
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    spacechampion

    I have Westeros-related dreams all the time! I had one where GRRM published a collection of short stories pertaining to the history of Westeros, along with republishing some of his favourite chapters from the books. I remember I was reading and I found one Bran and one Brienne chapter that was never in any of the other books. Then GRRM issued an apology saying there was a mix up and the two chapters were leaked from WOW! I was so happy! And then I woke up. :(

  76. spacechampion
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    I’ve decided to teach myself lucid dreaming so I can dream MORE about Westeros. I shall spare everyone the details of what I plan to do in my dreams with Dany / Emilia.

  77. The Instrumentalist
    Posted October 28, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    spacechampion,

    I lucid dream all the time. But the thing is you need to already be in the dream to control it. Practice thinking about Westeros related things before you sleep (and possibly having a glass of milk, unless you are vegan). The trick is to look at a clock in your dream once and then twice. The times will be impossibly different and might trigger the subconscious realization that you’re in a dream, which you should then be able to control.

    But oh dear, I don’t think they have clocks in Westeros… but YOUR Westeros might have some, if your inner mind remembers the things I’ve just said, tehe.

  78. Joshua Taylor
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    Epic-itty,

    Well, there is me and many others who agree with me, and others like you who do not. Go figure. I should know better than to make a Fanboy-ish comment about something I like and was trying to convince another person to watch, as inevitably some smart-ass cynic will come along and tell me what a fucking idiot I am. My mistake.

  79. Joshua Taylor
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    Epic-itty,

    Ignore my last comment as I was am working on a Netbook which does not permit easy typing. Also I was unable to delete the comment for some reason, a comment that I have altered in a much more civil fashion…

    Well, there is me and many others who agree with me, and others like you who do not. Go figure. As for the tone of your comment and not the actual opinion itself, I should have known better than to make a Fanboy-ish comment about something I like and was trying to convince another person to watch, as inevitably some smart-ass cynic will come along and tell me what an idiot I am. My mistake.

    Out of curiosity do you enjoy anything at all? Which television series do you like( love)? I have yet to see any comment by you on these boards wherein you expressed admiration for anything. Your comments are devoted to tearing down any over enthusiastic statement made by your fellow posters. Or are you just wary of fanboyism in general?

  80. Joshua Taylor
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Winterdark,

    As much as I enjoyed Torv’s Nimoy impression, I was not a huge fan of that plotline, but it did not stop me from loving Season 3 as a whole. But I love Season 2 and early season 3 the most. I really miss Newton! Season 4 is great so far…now if only we could see the next episode sometime this century!

  81. loco73
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    Epic indeed! That looks both beautiful and frightenning at the same time! Perfect location for the scenes beyond the Wall.

  82. Balerion
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    I am not worried about the actors and locations etc. My main interest goes to the CGI; direwolves, castles, giants, mammoths, dragons etc. It has to look good and believable.

    Can’t wait for season 2!!

  83. Tar Kidho
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    spacechampion: I’m pretty sure the Fist is a classic laccolith, so should look like this:
    http://www.britannica.com/bps/media-view/147561/1/0/0

    That’s one impressive example of a perfectly revealed laccolith! Would serve well indeed for the Fist, but so would many of the volcanic edifices, and there’s a large selection of those around in Iceland. In this picture alone from the Vatnajökull area I can easily see ten summits that could do the trick, given the right camera angle, and there’s also options around if they want to go bigger (the latter I believe is a so-called tuya, a volcano that formed underneath a glacier, leading to steep sides and a flat top, which would make it perfectly suited for filming I think).

    Wow, I’d really have loved to have been involved in the search for the perfect filming locations in Iceland! :-)

  84. Epic the wonderful
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor: Out of curiosity do you enjoy anything at all?

    Yes.

    Joshua Taylor: Which television series do you like( love)?

    If I have to pick one show now, it’s Community. I think it’s great.

    I wasn’t trying to make you sound stupid for loving Fringe. I was just stating my opinion on the internet about Fringe. The bottom line is that show started so well and then turned into something I just can’t watch. Which is a shame as I did like the characters (minus any alternate dimensions backstory add-ons).

  85. Joshua Taylor
    Posted October 30, 2011 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Epic the wonderful,

    Fair enough, everyone has different tastes and generally people with fanboyish qualities (I am not a full out fanboy as I am not afraid to criticize what I love) in that with some things that we really, really like we take any criticism as a personal affront. Perhaps I may have done that, since some people who can easily detach themselves from what they are reviewing go balls to the wall with their critiques whereas I am-at least at other times!- a little more diplomatic in expressing my dislike for a show.
    To me Fringe started out as Abrams’ take on The X Files of which was a huge influence (he even wrote the foreword for gigantic X Files hardcover book that was released a couple of years ago) to his work. I enjoyed it for what it was, especially John Noble but It wasn’t until the Observer appeared that I changed my tune. Then when ZFT was introduced with Jared Harris’ excellent David Robert Jones I really got into the show. I guess I found the build-up to the parallel universe very organic and this is where the fan polarization begins: Either you bought the Parallel Universe storyline or you did not. I did, I loved the whole mythology and how it was written. I could write an essay about the symbolism of the Parallel universe and the main thematics of science misused for personal reasons, of altruism ending terribly as it usually does etc with examples from the script in dialogue and foreshadowing. For every series/movie that I watch or novel that I read I write reviews in a journal of mine and bring them as points of discussion over a pint at the pub.
    As for it being a soap opera, I find ‘soap opera’ is an overused term by people who dislike melodrama which are two different things entirely. Soap operas do not refer to any style per se, it simply refers to a show that is shown daily as a serial with a low budget and limited talent. It is with those resources that they tell their story and in most cases it comes out cheesy, but the old ladies and maids don’t seem to care too much. The melodrama that results in the story is not born from soap opera tropes but from the integral relationships of the characters. Now I assume you haven’t watched much of the third season due to your dislike of the show’s direction, so you probably missed the Subject 13 episode in which the series’ main romantic relationship is fully explained as being integral to the entire storyline.
    But I ramble. You could probably make an argument for everything I have said here and that’s fine, I just wish to express that I enjoy the show as it is on an intellectual level and as great sci-fi entertainment and believe with my background in film and literature (which most of us here probably have) that my feelings toward the show invite the argument that “silly” is but one interpretation of the current status of Fringe and perhaps it is possible that others like myself can see something in the series that you do not. As for Fringe not having cliffhangers…*Picard style facepalm*

    But Community is awesome. As Annie’s Boobs lives and breathes spreading mischief in the ventilation shafts of Greendale, on this we can definitely agree.

  86. Oliman
    Posted October 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Vatnajökull is actually the biggest glacier in Europe, not just Iceland.

  87. Epic the wonderful
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor: others like myself can see something in the series that you do not.

    I like to think I see something in Fringe that people like you choose to ignore. Like a broken suspension of disbelief.

    ps the observer is the Smoking Man with a K-Pax look in his eyes. Abrams is the Great Rehasher (as unequivocally proven in Super 8).

    pps Kirk Acevedo is a terrible actor. he almost single handedly depresses the show. Why they don’t fire him violently is beyond me.

  88. Tar Kidho
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    Oliman:
    Vatnajökull is actually the biggest glacier in Europe, not just Iceland.

    Actually HMR listed the surface area, and although it is the largest in volume, there’s one glacier on Svalbard and one on Novaya Zemlya that have greater surface areas (according to Wikipedia). However, if you include Iceland as being part of Europe, I don’t see why you should not include Greenland as well, and of course there’s an ice cap there that dwarves anything on Earth besides Antarctica itself…

  89. Hear Me Roar
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    Tar Kidho,

    Well, geographically, Greenland belongs to North America ;) So there’s a way out.

  90. Tar Kidho
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    Hear Me Roar,

    Well, being a geologist myself I can only say that geographers are my arch enemies and the term ‘geographically’ is not part of my vocabulary. Politically, both Iceland and Greenland are part of Europe, but geologically neither belong to the Eurasian continent. So once again, geographers are obviously wrong! :-)

  91. Hear Me Roar
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 5:26 am | Permalink

    Tar Kidho,

    Oh, disregard my comment, then :) you’re the expert.
    I was aiming for physical geography, while I should have said geology – I always thought Iceland could be squeezed with Europe since it’s inbetweet the two tectonic plates, while Greenland is clearly not Eurasian.
    P.S. What an unexpected debate :)

  92. silverjaime
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Does anyone know what Littlefinger would be doing North of the Wall? Or in other words why Aidan Gillen would be flying ot Iceland? I can’t remember any scenes with him that far North but my memory is extremely faulty at the best of times………
    Help?

  93. Hear Me Roar
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Hm … he’s flying? Strange. My guess would be they are then shooting more than just the scenes beyond the Wall in Iceland.

  94. Winter Is Coming
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    That is strange. Maybe they are going to be shooting some scenes set in the Reach in Iceland? What is the topography of the Reach like? I don’t remember.

  95. Tar Kidho
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Hear Me Roar: What an unexpected debate

    We have to fill our time with *something* until Season 2 :-)

    Winter Is Coming: What is the topography of the Reach like? I don’t remember.

    According to what I remember that’s basically a plain, no? I could however see them filming scenes representing The Fingers, for instance in this kind of coastline, so could it be some flashbacks to Petyr’s youth? (doesn’t make much sense though since 1) I don’t think they’d bother with that kind of backstory for Littlefinger and 2) they could also find appropriate landscapes in NI) Looks like we’ve got a mistery on our hands gang!

  96. John
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    silverjaime:
    Does anyone know what Littlefinger would be doing North of the Wall?Or in other words why Aidan Gillen would be flying ot Iceland?I can’t remember any scenes with him that far North but my memory is extremely faulty at the best of times………
    Help?

    Please don’t tell me that they are going to make LF an ally of the White Walkers .

  97. silverjaime
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    John,

    It’s just an article that came out with Mr Gillen in an Irish Sunday supplement, and it stated that he would be flying to Iceland. However, if you guys don’t think (and I really couldn’t think either) of any scenes requiring Iceland for LF, then it may well be just poetic licence on the part of the interviewer, or indeed Aidan, in saying that’s where HBO will be going.
    I didn’t get it either, as I thought his filming was from end of July to beginning of October in Belfast. But maybe they wrote a few extra scenes for him in Iceland.

  98. I.Sk.
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Tar Kidho:

    According to what I remember that’s basically a plain, no? I could however see them filming scenes representing The Fingers, for instance in this kind of coastline, so could it be some flashbacks to Petyr’s youth? (doesn’t make much sense though since 1) I don’t think they’d bother with that kind of backstory for Littlefinger and 2) they could also find appropriate landscapes in NI)Looks like we’ve got a mistery on our hands gang!

    That photo, although nice, is actually of a lake situated pretty far inland. Then again, the southeastern fjords might be a more logical choice if they want to film the Fingers. It’s also close to the glacier where they plan to film.

    From what i can tell they’ve chosen to go with the southeastern part of Iceland, not a bad choice, many Hollywood blockbusters have been shot partially in the region, Tomb raider, Batman Begins, two James Bond movies, in addition to countless commercials, music videos and the like. The Top Gear blokes love the place. Its only drawback in relation to filming beyond the wall is, ironically, a potential lack of snow. There is actually nothing that says they can’t, or won’t, shoot other storylines up here as well, as the lowlands might be relatively snow-free for the next couple of weeks.

  99. Jonathan Eigen
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    My guess is they are filming the nights watch scenes and the Frost Fangs.

  100. Joshua Taylor
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Epic the wonderful,

    I ignore NOTHING. I laid out my argument in a succinct, diplomatic fashion. I happily acknowledged your perspective as well. Why can’t you acknowledge that my friends and I who are educated people as well and many others including television critics, see something in the show that you do not? You clarified earlier that we are not idiots for watching Fringe and now all of sudden we are ignoring some essential truth that you Epic, He of a million ‘silly’ titles and Master of the Universe by the power of Greyskull (titles, titles) can only see?

    I am not saying you have to like the show, far from it, you have your reasons I understand that. But who are you to say that your opinion is the only one of value? The arrogance and utter contempt you bear for your fellow poster (or maybe it’s just me?) you display is more fitting for Aint it Cool News than our relatively peaceful village! I don’t wish you to leave those boards-and please don’t get hurt by these harsh words-but unless you converse in an informed, objective discussion respecting the intelligence and integrity of your fellow poster, the only thing that I will ‘ignore’ from now on is you.

  101. Squealer
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    So… 500 applications for extra-parts in the first 12 hours after the ad being released. More than a 1000 in now. That’s a significant portion of the nation. Damn.

  102. Steinunn
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    HLAKKA TIL:D

  103. Epic Awesomesauce
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    I think you definitely should ignore me. Anyway, you’re more like a brother to me. You deserve better. We should spend some time apart. It’s not you, it’s me. I love you, but I’m not in love with you. I hope we can still be friends.

    …meanwhile, in an alternate universe I’m waiting patiently for juicy GoT season 2 news…. I feel like it’s just around the corner… or else!!!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBeAjISBb2U

  104. Joshua Taylor
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Epic Awesomesauce,

    Whatever. I give up.

    Yay. Season 2 costumes please. Yay.

  105. Joshua Taylor
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Epic Awesomesauce,

    I’m sorry I could not resist!

    After my tears had dried I meekly clicked on your link and….well it was breathtaking. It’s like an Angel from on high extended me his hand! I saw something in myself that you were willing to share and it was ugly. But I embrace it now, that dark side of my soul. I wonder if the Betty Ford clinic has a Nerd Rage wing yet?

    Honestly I both love and hate you Epic, that’s the sum of it really. I wonder somewhere out on this board if we have any shippers yet?

    Anyway I hate that we had to break up yet again, were kind of the Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton of these boards. You’d be Liz of course (in essence only, I’m not saying your effeminate nor do I question your gender) what with the snark and all. That would make me Burton with my blustering, whiskey and brandy fuelled apoplectic, Shakespearean rage.
    See? http://youtu.be/nInE5TITzE8

    But we’ll make it work this time.
    I promise.

    GoT Season 2 come on with the set photos we need a few Gates! Your tearing the family apart with all of this ennui!

  106. Móeiður
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Pau Soriano,

    Live there :D
    Well not on vatnajökull, but I live in a small town in south-iceland :D and i’ve been there so many times i’ve lost count.

  107. Móeiður
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Steinunn,

    Kit er svo fáránlega heitur að það er ekki eðlilegt. Langar svo að fara þangað þegar það verður verið að taka upp. Þó það væri nú ekki nema að hitta hann :D

  108. Hirondelle
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Móeiður: Kit er svo fáránlega heitur að það er ekki eðlilegt

    Indeed, Kit is ridiculously handsome! And Icelandic is a ridiculously difficult language to learn, but beautiful to listen to.

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