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MGoT: Behind the scenes of S3

Daenerys on a boat

A new Making Game of Thrones post from Cat Taylor gives us a peek behind the scenes of the first three episodes of season 3.

If you’ve been following the blog, the opening scene may have seemed a little familiar. An ending for us was the beginning for you—that opening was shot on the very last day of filming in Iceland.

Other travellers: The first time you see Daenerys, she is on the deck of a ship sailing over open water. In reality, the ship was built in Banbridge for a very different purpose. Because Production Designer Gemma Jackson and her team have super powers, you probably didn’t notice that ship spent a good deal of the Battle of Blackwater on fire. It was the only scene that Emilia Clarke shot in Belfast this season; everything else was on location in Croatia and Morocco. It took one day.

In the second episode, “Dark Wings, Dark Words,” Bran has a dream in the woods. It was a two-splinter-units-in-one-location day, which always makes things crazy. That’s a real raven Bran is chasing, brought in especially for the scene by our team at Birds and Animals. (From not quite as far as our white raven in Season 2— that bird had to be brought in all the way from Austria!) The main unit was just down the road in Gosford Castle, where we were filming a scene in Littlefinger’s brothel—one from this Sunday’s episode. Daniel Portman (Pod) was having a very busy day indeed with several new friends, including the very bendy Pixie Le Knot. Two ends of the kingdom on a single driveway. What luck.

Even more production tidbits at the source.

Winter Is Coming: I like these posts and am glad that Cat will get to keep publishing them. It provides answers to some of the speculation we engaged in during filming.

24 Comments

  • I just can’t wait for the scene when Brienne kills Jamie, Locke, and Bolton and goes and rescues Sansa to bring her back to Rob and Cat and they return to Winterfell and build up an army combined w/ the wildings and then march south and kill all the Lannisters and then they travel east so they can get away from the white walkers and kill Dany and her dragons and then take over all the free cities and just concede Westeros to the white walkers. I wonder how they will film that under a half season budget?

  • Wun Weg Wun Fun Fun:
    I just can’t wait for the scene when Brienne kills Jamie, Locke, and Bolton and goes and rescues Sansa to bring her back to Rob and Cat and they return to Winterfell and build up an army combined w/ the wildings and then march south and kill all the Lannisters and then they travel east so they can get away from the white walkers and kill Dany and her dragons and then take over all the free cities and just concede Westeros to the white walkers. I wonder how they will film that under a half season budget?

    Hodor!

  • I loved the chase scene with Theon, btw. That was some excellent stunt riding. I looked close on my second veiwing and I still couldn’t figure out when it was Alfie and when it was someone else. Kudos.

    WHEEEEEEEE!

  • Lucas,

    And how was that quick dodge of the branch. I thought that branch was definitely gonna bring Theon down. Great scene.

  • Im thinking maybe Locke will somehow be the one who takes Amory Lorch’s place in the bear pit. I know he is a Bolton banner man, but Roose may give Loche up to make a deal with Jaime. Then again I could be wrong. But someone has to get eaten by a bear, right.

  • franco,

    You’re welcome : ) For future FB posts, either search for Game of Thrones on that site, or scan the comments section of posts made on Tuesday or Wednesday on WiC. Someone usually posts the link–that’s how I found it, at least.

    John W:
    The latest issue of TV Guide has behind the scenes photos of GoT.

    Are they available online yet?

  • Lars: Yes, that surprised me as well. I wonder what scenes?

    Syrio:
    The Astapor and Yunkai scenes of course.

    Well DUH. I was more curious about what specific scenes, as most of Dany’s stuff this season appears to have been shot in Morocco.

  • notreallyroland:
    what happened to dany’s necklace? did she lose it during filming?

    What about her necklace? It sometimes looks like she has two variants, but I think it is once necklace ending in half-sliced claws/tooths. It can be word snapped together or separated. I think it is the same necklace. (If that is what you are asking about)

  • Syrio:
    The Astapor and Yunkai scenes of course.

    What do you mean “of course”?

    Astapor was mostly (maybe even entirely) shot in Essaouira, Morocco. Anything on the city walls or with the Unsullied etc was definitely Morocco.

    I guess we wait and see if anything in Yunkai looks different.