The cameras are rolling over in Belfast today on season three of Game of Thrones. After a set photo leaked last week, we thought they may have started a bit early but it seems like that may have just been some prep work. Tweets from crew members such as Cat Taylor and Ryan Marshall indicate that filming begins today, as we originally reported. The director up first is Dan Minahan, who returns to the show after being absent last season.
In other news, the Independent is reporting that Liam Cunningham has signed a six year contract. Does this mean we are guaranteed six more seasons? In a word, no. The six year contract seems to be the standard “long term contract” for this show as most of the principal cast have signed on for six years. HBO still reserves the right to cancel the show at any time and terminate any remaining contracts. What it does mean is that Davos is alive and well and may remain so for quite some time.
Update: Today’s filming was in Ballyscullion Park, a historic home located in Bellaghy that has beautiful grounds, including wooded areas. This was confirmed today by their Twitter account.
“Finished filming in the woods today. Actors in medieval costume and lots of muddy tech people around.”
Update: Some bad news: Clive Mantle will not be returning as the Greatjon in season three, according to his agent (via commenter Carne).
Winter Is Coming: And so it begins. Looking forward to getting reports and other whispers from the set. Also glad to see Liam is in it for the long haul! He is a great asset to the show, both on screen and off.