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Dramatic set photos from Ballintoy Harbour

Filming has wrapped in Croatia, but that doesn’t mean the end of season 4 set photos. These dramatic photos of a night shoot in progress at Ballintoy Harbour, courtesy of a local politician’s blog, show what looks to be Stannis’s men burning three prisoners at the stake.

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Winter Is Coming: Great photos! I can’t make out any of the principal actors in these photos, but Carice van Houten was recently in Northern Ireland, so presumably she was there for this shoot. What do you think is going down in this scene (besides the obvious)?

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  • Perhaps Stannis’ voyage to the wall is going to take quite a while/something else is going to happen along the way? Stannis makes a sacrifice to get himself there more quickly?

  • In the books Stannis and Melisandre burn Alester Florent alive for favorable winds to get to the Wall (as recalled afterwards by Davos in DwD). I assume it’s something along those lines, but since they don’t have Florent cast they just put three random prisoners out there to be burned

  • I can see Melisandre, Stannis, a woman I assume is Selyse and Davos in the bottom right of the first and third pictures and the top left of the fifth picture. Also I can see all of them except Davos in the middle of the second picture.

  • Who would have thought people burning to death would make such a beautiful visual? This is going to look amazing on-screen. Also great to see reports of the Dragonstone crew!

  • StannisLover69:
    Perhaps Stannis’ voyage to the wall is going to take quite a while/something else is going to happen along the way? Stannis makes a sacrifice to get himself there more quickly?

    Nice spoiler

  • Wow. Along with those photos from Split, there’s going to be a lot of stakes in this season. Starting to think getting sliced in half by Gregor Clegane as the better option.

  • Gah, it looks like the source has deleted the post. Google’s cache shows 19 total pictures but that they are no longer available. If WiCnet got them all perhaps re-post all 19?

  • In the fifth image down, Carice and Stephen are facing each other in the top left of the shot. Liam is also beside Carice, and I assume the woman in front of Carice with her back to the camera is Tara.

    That’s right, I have the eyes of a hawk and the ears of a fox.

    Carice also shred a Vine on Twitter earlier today straight from the set, which we can now see is the same set as shown here!

  • Looks like someone should have remembered that the night is dark and full of terrors…

    Lord Alester Florent attempted to surrender Dragonstone to the Lannisters? (who then got found out and burned at the stake in punishment)

  • Third and fourth pics, there is a guy at the bottom in between the middle bonfire and the right one (looking at the pic) with what appears to be a marshmallow burning on a stick.

  • I hope Salladhor Saan will be there to take them North (that old Lyseni ought to show up at least once per-season). My first thought of the Dragonstone subplot was how this scene would be handled (if even at all), so seeing it like this before they’ve even added the effects is fantastic. Maybe they’ll even return to Pyke too, which must’ve been what most of us were thinking when “Ballintoy Harbour” came up in the title.

  • Valyrian Plastic:
    I hope Salladhor Saan will be there to take them North (that old Lyseni ought to show up at least once per-season).

    I also hope SS shows up, perhaps to add to Davos’s storyline or to intervene in Yara/Asha’s storyline. They could do a lot more with him on GoT if they want to.

  • Turncloak,

    How is this a spoiler? In the show (I cannot remember which episode) Mel basically told Stannis he had to go north to the Wall when she informed Stannis that he could not execute Davos for sending Gendry back to King’s landing. Unsullied, at this point, know Stannis is going to the Wall.

  • Awesome visuals. I wonder if this is from episode 1? Could Alester be played by a speaking extra for one scene at the beginning?

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  • It seems that the story is…
    *puts on sunglasses*
    Just heating up.
    YEEEAAAHHH

    At least they are showing more Dragonstone stuff, instead of just spending their entire season on the boat journey north.

  • direhound,

    As always with these sort of things, I am very sceptical of the validity of it. However, IF the guy is actually an extra I think we can take 2 (or possibly 3) things from it so far:
    1) Grenn and Edd are indeed alive. The theory that they died at Craster’s Keep, and that their role will be taken by Locke is disproved.
    2) no Coldhands until the end of the season, so the fears that he would get through all of his Dance stuff this season were misplaced.
    3) either a) Tormund’s attack from the south is a separate thing, so the theory it would happen at the same time as the siege was wrong OR b) the siege is happening over several episodes. Or both. If b is true I will be very happy
    .
    But there is, of course, nothing there that couldn’t be guessed at by book readers, so I would say that the chances of it being fake are high.

  • Leto II,

    I doubt it. Although the left and middle ones could be wearing Wildling gear, the one on the right most certainly is not, so I think it is just the lighting in the shot.

    EDIT: Also, the scenery is definitely that of Dragonstone, not the North.

  • It’s disturbing how excited I was to see pictures of people being burned alive. I may or may not have clapped…
    It is important to know the Melisandre and Stannis mean business when it comes to the threat of burning. Burning statues of the Seven was deeply offensive to members of that religion but it isn’t sufficiently scary.
    These are the best set photos yet!

  • AWESOME photos.

    Perhaps they are Florents? They could find some way to rework the storyline from the books of the Florent (forget which one) who was picked as Stannis’ Hand while Davos was thought dead, who tried to betray Stannis by suing the Lannisters for peace behind his back and promising them Shireen.

    Since for dramatic purposes Stannis’ rescue of the Wall is best left for somewhere in the last three episodes of the season, arguably, they have to fill out his storyline with something else other than an immediate sail. In the series Davos said Stannis would need him to raise an army again, so they need to follow up on that. Presumably, the implication in the TV series is that Stannis has literally no army right now, so to avoid a sense of deus ex machina we have to see him raise one somehow.

  • outdoorcats,

    We’ve already established this- they were talking about going to the Wall at the end of season 3, it’s not a spoiler that Stannis is going on a voyage.

  • I’m really concerned about the Stannis plot going forward. I count myself among the people who thought they rushed the Gendry release last year needlessly, especially since they’re going to have to fill the first 2/3 of his plot with filler anyway.

    But photos like THESE give me hope.

  • Valyrian Plastic:
    I hope Salladhor Saan will be there to take them North (that old Lyseni ought to show up at least once per-season). My first thought of the Dragonstone subplot was how this scene would be handled (if even at all), so seeing it like this before they’ve even added the effects is fantastic. Maybe they’ll even return to Pyke too, which must’ve been what most of us were thinking when “Ballintoy Harbour” came up in the title.

    Amen to this. Lucian Msimati is such a great part of the cast, despite just brief appearances. He really does a swell bit as his side of that very, very old friendship between Salladhor and Davos.

  • Jentario,
    Perhaps they have Bronn arrested because of his allegiance to Tyrion? If they try and hunt down Tyrion’s friends after Joffrey’s wedding it could also explain why Pod leaves the city earlier than in the books.

    JP Dayne,
    As I said above:
    1) The scene is clearly taking place on Dragonstone
    2) The one on the right is most definitely not in Wildling clothing, and I would argue that the one in the middle isn’t either.
    Conclusion: The other two appearing to be in Wildling gear is most likely a trick of the light.

  • Jentario,

    I would love to see Bronn paired with Jaime once Tyrion leaves Westeros. Some have suggested he could take Illyn Payne’s role as Jaime’s sparring partner. It just seems like their senses of humor could mesh well.

  • Ser Tahu,

    All true, and good theory, it clears up the Pod thing. I have to say, though, Jerome Flynn was pretty clear on the show diverging from the books (for his character). I don’t think he’s going to end up with Lollys and calling his baby Tyrion. He’s going somewhere else entirely, possibly to his grave.

  • Tyrion Pimpslap:
    Jentario,

    I would love to see Bronn paired with Jaime once Tyrion leaves Westeros. Some have suggested he could take Illyn Payne’s role as Jaime’s sparring partner. It just seems like their senses of humor could mesh well.

    That would be a nice change IMHO. He could always find a noblewoman to marry in the Riverlands, with Jaime’s help. There must be plenty of widows in the Riverlands now. His keep doesn’t really need to be in the Crownlands. They could give him Darry instead of Stokeworth, and it is kinda pointless to give Darry to Lancel since he abdicates his title to join the Warrior Sons.

  • God, if they start changing Bronn’s storyline now… I agree that it would be nice to see him after season 4, but we just have to let him go.. If he goes to Essos with Tyrion do you think he’ll just stand idly by while Jorah kidnaps him? They’ll mess up the entire Meerenese knot worse than what it is in the book.

  • My idea is the following, Bronn gets arrested and then sent to the wall. He will throw his lot in with Stannis and take in the role of a combined Ser Patrik of Highmountain & Ser Justin Massey

  • Bronn fighting Jaime would be great and make a lot of sense but I wonder if he could end up fighting Sir Taryn Mant and Sir Whosit of Whatsthatplace, after their altercation in Season 3.

    At any rate, Season 4 is going to have loads of fighting, which should be fun.

  • Tyrion Pimpslap:
    Jentario,

    I would love to see Bronn paired with Jaime once Tyrion leaves Westeros. Some have suggested he could take Illyn Payne’s role as Jaime’s sparring partner. It just seems like their senses of humor could mesh well.

    Cool….as long as Jaime pays him well. After Tyrion left KL, I thought GRRM almost wrote Bronn out of the tale anyway. What a waste to have him idle in Stokeworth. I have a feeling he is doomed in TWoW. It would be a welcome change to have him serve a more active role in GoT.

  • I hipe that whatever changes there are to bronn’s storyline, his refusal to fight for Tyrion won’t be affected. It was an important character moment for both of them, not to mention an amazing scene in itself

  • Davy:
    My idea is the following, Bronn gets arrested and then sent to the wall. He will throw his lot in with Stannis and take in the role of a combined Ser Patrik of Highmountain & Ser Justin Massey

    … Of King’s Mountain. Named for Montréal (literally Mount Royal) in Québec. After GRRM lost a football wager.

  • Stannis is the closest thing to hero in Westeros, and here Benioff and Weiss are, demonizing him once again.

  • loki:
    Stannis is the closest thing to hero in Westeros, and here Benioff and Weiss are, demonizing him once again.

    Duh. This happened several times in the books.

  • If you have him burn people, you get accused of demonizing him. If you don’t, you’re surely whitewashing the character. There’s no way to win with some people.

  • loki,

    I dunno man, Dany burns people alive too but most of the fans love her as the “True Queen of Westeros”.

  • In the 5th picture you can see Melisandre, Stannis, Davo’s, and (presumably) Stannis’s wife at the top left. Melisandre’s red cloak gives her away.

  • This scene is probably to show gratitude to Rhllor after the three “gifts” he will give to Stannis by mid season 4..

    I hated Stannis at first but I think from this season onwards he will become a favorite for the iron throne I started rooting for him after his journey through the north in ADWD

    ‘I defeated your uncle Victarion and his Iron Fleet off Fair Isle, the first time your father crowned himself. I held Storm’s End against the power of the Reach for a year, and took Dragonstone from the Targaryens. I smashed Mance Rayder at the Wall, though he had twenty times my numbers. Tell me, turncloak, what battles has the Bastard of Bolton ever won that I should fear him?’

  • In the 5th photo you can see Stannis facing Melisandre and Ser Davos.

    My opinion is that its a prayer of some kind and sacrifice before they head towards the war beyond the wall.

  • Wow, beheadings, and now burning at the stake. Capital punishment was horrible back in the medieval age. But, is this some sort of volunteer sacrifice to a god these 3 people are doing? I guess we will find out later!

  • Oh great, D&D are going to make Stannis look more like an evil villain, they wont even go into detail on what these prisoners did, just burn them like that I bet.

    I bet they wont even show Stannis gelding the 3 soldiers that raped.

    useless they are

  • @ Rhaegar

    So show viewers will think Stannis only won the battle at the wall because of r’hllor magic?

  • KG:
    Burning Lord Guncer Sunglass and his sons to ensure a good sail to the Wall, I’d say.

    I can’t imagine this event will sit well with Davos, unless the sacrificed are made to be true criminals. I hope he tries to throw Mel in the bonfire as well before being sent on his secret mission.

  • roko195411,

    THANK YOU so much for this. This fandom isn’t just the same without all the preventive whining. You forgot to add “the show is ruined forever” at the end, though. Try best next time.