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MGoT: Cat talks cats

Paint Hall walkwaysA quick update to Making Game of Thrones last night, in which writer’s assistant and blogger extraordinaire Cat Taylor discusses the cats that live in the Paint Hall.

Sometimes life really does imitate art. Arya chased cats in King’s Landing, and I spend much of my time in the Paint Hall sets looking for the studio cats. There are about five (though no one is totally sure exactly how many are hanging around) and under the sets and the rafters, they have their very own playground. The cats take care of many of the mice, and sleep wherever they choose. I always like to think that when we shut down and the building is quiet, the biggest cat – a huge ginger tom called Spartacus – sleeps on the Iron Throne.

Winter Is Coming: Now I’m going to be looking for stray cats in the background of the interior scenes.

23 Comments

  • They need to rename the big cat into something more appropriately Westerosi (you can’t have him named after a competing show on a rival network!). Balerion would be a good name, the Paint Hall cat may not be black like the Balerion in the books, but he is huge.

  • When do you guys suppose the first trailer or proper teaser will be released? Can’t really remember when we got the first treat last time… I mean there’s been like NO real news at all for the past few weeks.

  • The big male should be Jaime and his sister should be Cersei because these ally cats have the morals of Lannisters

  • G_Lee:
    When do you guys suppose the first trailer or proper teaser will be released? Can’t really remember when we got the first treat last time… I mean there’s been like NO real news at all for the past few weeks.

    Willing to bet a lot of money it will be prior to the Boardwalk Empire season finale on Dec 11th.

  • Ser Pounce!
    Lady Whiskers!
    Boots!

    Are those cats being really loud all the time, constantly stomping around, driving you crazy?
    Think there’s no answer? You’re so stupid! There is!
    Kitten Mittons!
    Finally there’s an elegant, comfortable mitton . . . for cats.
    You’ll be smitten!

  • Lisa,

    Splendid idea! The only person able to catch cats like that is Maisie and I’m sure we can bribe her into not acting. Let’s fix a constant wireless livestream and it would be the first Big Brother* I’d watch!

    (* I was gonna come up with a GoT themed alternative for BB but inspiration let me down)

  • Tar Kidho,

    Well, I think the Westeros equivalent of Big Brother would either be Varys or Bloodraven.
    And a drawback for the cat-cam would of course be that we would see mainly fur, as the cat would be sleeping all day. ;)

  • (* I was gonna come up with a GoT themed alternative for BB but inspiration let me down)

    maybe something with weirwoods…

  • Oi!, well yeah, they usually debut a bunch of trailers prior to big season premieres and finales. So Luck, Treme, Game of Thrones, etc. will likely all air a trailer.

  • Winter Is Coming,
    I think (and I hope I’m wrong) that they’ll show a teaser (of course a more substantial one than the last) and dedicate most of the pre-show time to preview Luck, and then, in January, during this show’s premiere they will show a “making GoT season 2” along with our first trailer.

  • Cats! That’s it! The new Season 2 replacement for sexposition! D&D are geniuses. Instead of gratuitous sex to explain the back story, random shots of Paint Hall cats will appear with background text. Sort of a GOT version of LOLcats.

  • So cute!!!

    Winter Is Coming,

    I just took in 2 black strays, and would totally have named one “Balerion” if they were boys. But nope, mom and baby girl. I’m taking them to get spayed as campaigned by Tyrion Lannister! :D