Filming

Day 139: Season three wraps

The filming in Iceland has come to an end, and with it the principal photography of season three of Game of Thrones. Cat Taylor has just tweeted:

Hear Me Roar: They worked fast and effective this year, and finished earlier, in about 4 and a half months. Now there is only post-production left, 127 days till the premiere. And next week we get a two-minute video glimpse behind the scenes when the S3 In Production video airs! I can hardly wait.

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  • Yes yes!! Oh my i just can’t wait for next week’s video and thank goodness march is getting closer! :D excited!!!

  • so far the trend is the faster filming finishes the worse the season.. so you guys shouldn’t be excited about this.

  • Didn’t they just start filming in Iceland about a week or two ago? Didn’t Ciaran Hinds just film his first scene of S3 a few days ago and they are already done? I guess that means Jon story might be significantly altered this year and we will only get a few scenes with Mance Rayder.

  • JamesL,

    The Hinds scene described in the recent report was actually shot two months ago. Two weeks in Iceland is about the same as what they did last year.

  • The scenes shot in Iceland do not comprise the entirety of Jon (or Sam’s) story as they only really need to shoot the outdoor scenes there. Much of the indoor scenes (Craster’s, Mance’s camp etc) would be on a set and most likely shot well ahead of time in other locations like Northern Ireland.

  • JamesL:
    Didn’t they just start filming in Iceland about a week or two ago? Didn’t Ciaran Hinds just film his first scene of S3 a few days ago and they are already done?I guess that means Jon story might be significantly altered this year and we will only get a few scenes with Mance Rayder.

    They’ve been shooting that stuff in and around Belfast since the end of August.

    I can’t wait for the behind the scenes footage.

  • To think that all these iconic scenes from the book has been set up, acted, directed and filmed! Awesome! Filming is always less predictable than postproduction (I assume) so it’s nice to know it’s all in the can.

    Just a little over a week now…

  • Disappointed the production footage is only gonna be 2 minutes long…
    But grateful for anything at all! Only 1 week now!
    Any idea when the season 3 poster will be revealed/ come out?
    I have an empty space on my wall that is waiting patiently to be covered by it…

  • sjwenings,

    I was wondering what day last year the first production video was reeased, thanks.

    It was about 2 weeks earlier if the GoT YT had it November 19 and this season’s will not be out until December 2 or 3…. Interesting that they have filmed faster but released the promotional material at a slower pace.

  • Quowala:
    Disappointed the production footage is only gonna be 2 minutes long…
    But grateful for anything at all! Only 1 week now!
    Any idea when the season 3 poster will be revealed/ come out?
    I have an empty space on my wall that is waiting patiently to be covered by it…

    It will probably be closer to the Season 3 premiere. Like a week or two before.

    I too have a space on my wall for the final official poster! :D cannot wait to fill that spot! Hope it’s an awesome poster!

  • Thanks for clearing up the whole Ciaran Hinds thing, I thought it meant he just filmed his first season a few days ago. I like the fact that filming is over in Iceland so quickly which means there is probably a lot of beyond the Wall stuff filmed in Ireland which great news to me because I couldn’t stand the lack of forests for the beyond the Wall stuff in Iceland.

  • What trend??? There’s only been two seasons. And both were awesome. LOL!! Are you seriously trying to troll, or what?

    Winturd:
    so far the trend is the faster filming finishes the worse the season.. so you guys shouldn’t be excited about this.

  • The shoot in Iceland took just over one week, so a little shorter than last year. However their main shooting location was much more accessible (pretty much just about 500m off the main road), so that probably saved them some time. Road was closed during the shoot however, so you couldn’t see anything…

  • Darquemode:
    sjwenings,

    I was wondering what day last year the first production video was reeased, thanks.

    It was about 2 weeks earlier if the GoT YT had it November 19 and this season’s will not be out until December 2 or 3…. Interesting that they have filmed faster but released the promotional material at a slower pace.

    The season promises an ambitious agenda and many foreshadowed events
    for season 4 . Where to start with the promotional material? I believe it
    will be soon enough and quite random, just to keep viewers guessing and
    readers speculating the premise. From the production timetable at Iceland,
    there maybe time to focus on essential characters. Perhaps they are also
    balancing the concentration of people stories and lessening the story-by
    pictures- effect too. There was a bit too much of that in the last 2 seasons, IMO.

  • Winturd:
    so far the trend is the faster filming finishes the worse the season.. so you guys shouldn’t be excited about this.

    Two data points is not a trend. Two data points is a coincidence.

    If we are to accept that season one is better, then we can equally well say that

    more sexposition means a better season.
    more Ros scenes mean a better season.
    battle scenes mean a worse season.
    more scenes with dragons mean a worse season.
    more locations mean a worse season.
    a higher budget means a worse season.

  • Hopefully the production effort in Iceland is better than last year’s travesty wherein the altered Jon-Halfhand turncloak-Ygritte relationship-missing Ghost sequence failed. :S

  • Watson,

    I think season 1 was better because it was an impact season ( with Eddard Starks death) and Daenerys went through a lot of things.
    In a Clash of Kings, Dannys character went through less exciting things compared to A Game of Thrones and i believe D&D saw that this problem could affect ratings so they invented stuff (Rakaros death, the death of the 13, her dragons being stolen, among other stuff) to mantaing the viewers on the edge of their seat.
    Season 2 was more story (dont get me wrong i enyoed the past season) and what Season 3 has to offer is a lot of substantial plot twists, battles and death on every corner of Westeros (i think it will be very hard for D&D to screw it up).

  • Didn’t they have only 2 filming units last year compared to sometimes 3 this year ? If this is true, you should measure the filming time by counting the amount of filming days of each unit together. That will probably say a lot more than just looking at the day of first and last filming. They might as well have had more total filming days than last year.

  • JamesL,

    Something important that’s worth noting:

    Just as the Craster’s Keep stuff (comprising the first two eps of the Jon material) was filmed in Belfast, so a lot of Jon’s storyline in S3 was filmed in Northern Ireland, including (I believe) the old Castle Black set. So there’s more to that storyline then the relatively brief amount of time spent in Iceland would indicate ;)

  • sjwenings,

    So that video gave us glimpses of new characters like Stannis, Davos, Melisandre and Margery so hopefully the season 3 one will give us glimpses of the Blackfish, Edmure, Beric, Thoros etc

  • And part 1 of my favorite fantasy book is nearly ready for television! Oh happy day.

    4 months is nothing. That will pass in a blink.

    I don’t really need a hell of a lot of footage for this season to be shown early. I hope they don’t go overboard.

  • Cool cool cool. Hope it won’t have a lack of horses like in season 2. It was too much tenty, or in rooms with almost no light. I want to see huge forests and hills with Arya and Bran, and a good look at Astapor and Yunkai. And outside scenes for Robb and Catelyn.

  • Gatorfisch,

    I would like to see Jaime’s shaven head too, but I don’t think it will happen.
    I tried to find a current photo of NCW and no luck, and most recently posted images (not necessarily recent images I know) all had NCW with his beard and shaggy hair. I did find an HBO Nordic video greeting from Sept 11 this year…. so not too old.
    (Of course the video could have been filmed a while ago…..)

    He would have had a month or so to shave his head and film some scenes before filming ended in IReland and Morrocco I guess, but I suspect NCW’s hair will look very much like in the video all season long.

  • Zinga, yawn.

    We’ve heard this over and over and over again. There simply wasn’t enough time to put that in. Not with the introduction of Stannis and co, the build-up to Blackwater and Theon’s story. And if Theon’s going to be in the seasons of aSoS, Jon will possibly be in the season(s) of aFfC.

    Plus, D&D have favourite characters, like any other fan would. I just sometimes get the impression Jon isn’t one of them.

  • Well now what? I’m trying to watch all the programmes with the GoT actors in as a sort of temporary substitute, the only episodes of Merlin with John Bradley, the episodes of Shameless with John Bradley and Natalia Tenna and The Secret of Crickley Hall with Maisie Williams and Donald Sumpter. Anyone know other programmes on at the moment with any of the crew in?

  • Grijnwaald:
    Well now what? I’m trying to watch all the programmes with the GoT actors in as a sort of temporary substitute, the only episodes of Merlin with John Bradley, the episodes of Shameless with John Bradley and Natalia Tenna and The Secret of Crickley Hall with Maisie Williams and Donald Sumpter. Anyone know other programmes on at the moment with any of the crew in?

    Just saw the movie “John Carter” with Ciaran Hinds, not as bad as I thought it would be from the terrible reviews it received.

  • Season 3 should be an absolute stormer. I preferred season 1 to season 2 but there was still so much to like about season 2. Episodes 3 and 9 were for me the best 2 episodes of the series so far, closely followed by Baelor and a Golden Crown from season 1. But I expect l’ll be revising that list once the final credits roll on season 3!

  • Mrs. H’ghar: Just saw the movie “John Carter” with Ciaran Hinds, not as bad as I thought it would be from the terrible reviews it received.

    Oh, I saw that film, didn’t like it at all. Thanks anyway ;)

  • Grijnwaald,

    Bleak House miniseries: Charles Dance was cast as Tywin because of it. Also it has the awesome Gillian Anderson and is overall an awesome adaptation of Dickens’ underrated masterwork.

    Oh and Burn Gorman as well. As in the somewhat known quantity that has been cast but no role confirmed by the show.

    Also the director’s cut of Kingdom of Heaven features…

    Nicolaj Coster Waldau (Jaime Lannister)
    Martin Pugh (Craster)
    Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont)
    Bronson Webb (Will)

    And one of the fan favorites for the Red Viper: Alexander Siddig.

  • Grijnwaald,

    Bleak House is fantastic. I never get tired of watching it.

    As for Kingdom of Heaven, it’s easy to miss Iain Glenn even though it is a very “Kingly” role.

  • Amen…its a wrap! Can’t wait for Season Three, March can’t come soon enough, meanwhile winter is coming, no really I’m looking out the window and it’s started snowing…this will mean streets full of mud and snot, gahhhhh, I love the Starks but the only thing the north remembers in my case is the expensive laundry bill I will incur!

    PS I am watching “Reign Of Fire” and my panties are getting moist just thinking about what will happen once Dany’s dragons grow up! You know the dragons in “Reign Of Fire” don’t look half bad considering we’re talking about 2002 CGI effects! Hell, even “Dragonheart” gets my bowels moving…a dragon with a Scottish accent…what can be better!

  • As side note what are the chances that we could we get any of the actors from “The Hobbit” cast to be on “Game Of Thrones”? I’m thinking specifically of Richard Armitage and Benedict Cumberbatch? What about actresses like Gemma Arterton, Ana Torv, Polly Walker? Someone mentioned Alexander Siddig..hell yeah! Why not Patrick Stewart?

  • loco73,

    There’s no role really for Polly Walker except for Lady Barbrey Dustin (though I really want Gillian Anderson for her) and maybe the Green Grace.
    Cumberbatch would be an awesome Rhaegar Targaryen. Him or Tom Hiddleston.
    Armitage would be cool but he might become a big name after Hobbit. Everyone will know who Thorin Oakenshield is after he’s done the role.
    Maybe they can get Conan Stevens back?

    Anna Torv as anything. She’s a GoT fan too! also John Noble for Mace Tyrell.

  • Did you guys notice that one Cat Taylor’s tweets form Nov.20, mentions “It’s a BIG day today”, anyone have any inkling what she might refer to? Could it be the assault of The Others and the wights on the Night’s Watch?

  • Joshua Taylor,

    Yeah I want Conan Stevens back!!! No disrespect to Ian Whyte but he made for kind of an anemic Mountain. His performance was fine but dressed in that armor it looked like he had a large body and a tiny head! Stevens is pure fury and anger!

  • Grijnwaald:
    Well now what? I’m trying to watch all the programmes with the GoT actors in as a sort of temporary substitute, the only episodes of Merlin with John Bradley, the episodes of Shameless with John Bradley and Natalia Tenna and The Secret of Crickley Hall with Maisie Williams and Donald Sumpter. Anyone know other programmes on at the moment with any of the crew in?

    At present, the actor that plays Bronn is starring in ” Sherlock Holmes “, in a
    supporting role. It’s a Russell T Davies/ BBC production. It may start any day
    now if it hasn’t already.

    I was addicted ( once ) to a short run BBC production called ” The Fades “.
    It was cancelled in late 2011 0r early 2012. In it stars ; the actor whom
    portrays Yoren, then Joe Dempsie, Natalie Dormer, and a host of Doctor
    Who past players. The story centers around a teenager/Angel ( Neil),
    that protects the world against the world in a Zombie Apocalypse.
    Neil’s primarily antagonist is the head zombie, Joe Dempsie. It’s rather
    low budget , but I found it entertaining. Natalie is married and has a
    nude scene, if that helps :D

    Kingdom of Heaven, the movie, has the best collection and intrigue so far.

    Why not just tune into ” Whisker Wars “, airing now on the IFC network
    ( Independent Film Channel ), the new season began last night, I hear.
    I’ve not watched, but maybe Joshua Taylor has a recommendation :D

  • WildSeed: At present, the actor that plays Bronn is starring in ” Sherlock Holmes “, in a
    supporting role. It’s a Russell T Davies/ BBC production. It may start any day
    now if it hasn’t already.

    I was addicted ( once ) to a short run BBC production called ” The Fades “.
    It was cancelled in late 2011 0r early 2012. In it stars ; the actor whom
    portrays Yoren, then Joe Dempsie, Natalie Dormer, and a host of Doctor
    Who past players. The story centers around a teenager/Angel ( Neil),
    that protects the world against the world in a Zombie Apocalypse.
    Neil’s primarily antagonist is the head zombie, Joe Dempsie. It’s rather
    low budget , but I found it entertaining. Natalie is married and has a
    nude scene, if that helps :D

    Kingdom of Heaven, the movie, has the best collection and intrigue so far.

    Why not just tune into ” Whisker Wars “, airing now on the IFC network
    ( Independent Film Channel ), the new season began last night, I hear.
    I’ve not watched, but maybe Joshua Taylor has a recommendation :D

    Yes, I remember watching “The Fades” just one episode, but obviously I didn’t know about GoT then and I didn’t realise that Joe and Francis (Yoren) and Natalie were in it! I kind of liked it but I was a little freaked out by it too. And yes, Josh had some good recommendations too!

  • Grijnwaald,

    Lest I forget, the Red Riding trilogy which features Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Joseph Mawle (Benjen Stark) as well as Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullan, Rebecca Hall, David Morrisey, Paddy Considine and Sean Harris.

    Oh and if you haven’t watched it check out Centurion directed by Neil Marshall featuring Liam Cunningham.

  • WildSeed: At present, the actor that plays Bronn is starring in ” Sherlock Holmes “, in a
    supporting role. It’s a Russell T Davies/ BBC production. It may start any day
    now if it hasn’t already.

    If you mean “Ripper Street” it’s not Sherlock Holmes and Russell T Davies is not involved.

  • Jaime: If you mean “Ripper Street” it’s not Sherlock Holmes and Russell T Davies is not involved.

    Thanks for the correction, I ‘d only seen the promo. It did seem rather Sherlockish.
    I read that Russell T Davis is involved in the Sherlock Holmes production, just
    a few weeks ago, and assumed his connection. Are you familiar with either of
    these ? Worth the watch ? I’m really anxious for Davies to resume ” Torchwood “.

  • Joshua Taylor:
    Grijnwaald,

    Lest I forget, the Red Riding trilogy which features Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Joseph Mawle (Benjen Stark) as well as Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullan, Rebecca Hall, David Morrisey, Paddy Considine and Sean Harris.

    Oh and if you haven’t watched it check out Centurion directed by Neil Marshall featuring Liam Cunningham.

    “Centurion” is a must see, if only for the battle scenes, especially the last few.
    Liam Cunningham and Fassbender are the two men I’d have defending me
    with any war. The overall fierceness of this movie is worthy of review. For
    some reason, I conjured up a similar save the Wall scene for GoT ( Fassbender
    holding off the fort from his pursuers/ Wildlings ).

    All too often , I confuse Liam Cunningham with Bernard Hill, both are great
    at their craft, IMO.

  • WildSeed: Thanks for the correction, I ‘d only seen the promo. It did seem rather Sherlockish.
    I read that Russell T Davies is involved in the Sherlock Holmes production, just
    a few weeks ago, and assumed his connection. Are you familiar with either of
    these ? Worth the watch ? I’m really anxious for Davies to resume ” Torchwood “.

    I have a habit of mixing up Russell T Davies and Stephen Moffat ( they bear no
    physical resemblance ). ” Sherlock “, from the BBC production , is a Moffat
    enterprise.