It is time for another in our series of The North Remembers posts, where we look back and reminisce about the site and the show’s history. This time, we turn back the calendar to June 2010, a very exciting month for all of us early Game of Thrones fans!
- The first Game of Thrones trailer ever is released! Even though it provided only the tiniest of glimpses of the show, it was still hugely exciting. This now iconic photo of Ned Stark was also released at this time. (Interestingly, the footage in that initial trailer never made it into the show itself, as all of it was scenes from the pilot that were reshot.)
- Casting news continued to roll in: Kristian Nairn was cast as Hodor, Finn Jones was confirmed as Loras Tyrell and Roy Dotrice joined as Grand Maester Pycelle. Dotrice had to drop out soon after due to an illness, but went on to join the cast again as Pyromancer Hallyne in season 2.
- Fire and Blood wonders whether Starz’s Camelot will eat into Game of Thrones‘ potential audience. Obviously, that didn’t happen. FaB wasn’t all wrong though as he did accurately predict that Thrones would be the better show.
- Extras NI sends out a call for extras, including horse riders who look Dothraki. Paul Gude correctly speculates that they may use parts of Northern Ireland as the Dothraki Sea.
- In other filming news, George R. R. Martin revealed that the Castle Black set would be built at Magheramore quarry.
- Fans were disappointed to learn that HBO would not be holding a Game of Thrones panel at Comic Con in San Diego. Nowadays, a Comic Con without Thrones would be quite the shock, given its popularity the past two years (Hint hint, HBO! Announce this year’s Comic Con panel already!).