The latest report from the set is from the time filiming started in Dubrovnik, Croatia. At the same time, Mance’s introduction scene was filming in Belfast, as we learn in the post. Now we also know Dan Minahan is directing episode 302, based on the accompanying photo (which may or may not be the episode where Mance is introduced, depending on how many instalments Minahan is directing – most likely the first two). Here, read the most important bits for yourself:
Nestled on the back of Stage B, on one of our new soundstages at the Painthall, is Mance’s tent. The Stage is pleasantly warm, but inside the tent fires burn while the takes are on, and every wildling is in furs and capes. Amazing for Icelandic glaciers, not so great for weight-loss-inducing sweat lodges in Northern Ireland. It’s so hot in fact, that Edward Dogliani, who plays Rattleshirt has eschewed his namesake and is wandering around with no shirt of any kind (but a rather fetching pair of braces).
It’s unusual that a new cast member’s introduction scene is the first scene we film with them, but that seems fitting for one of the season’s most anticipated new characters. Dan Minahan is at the helm, and in a small sub-section off the tent he watches as the scene comes to life.
It’s time for Jon to meet the King North of the Wall, brother that was. It seems they have a lot to talk about.
Hear Me Roar: Nice and juicy. Sounds like the first meeting between Jon and Mance will go down as described in the book. Thanks for the report, Cat! It’s not easy to get things approved and past the HBO guards.