All signs point to Game of Thrones Season 5 filming being underway
By Lightbringer on in Filming, News.

“The end of July” has been the only answer given as to when Game of Thrones Season 5 would begin filming this year. The end of July has arrived, and as of this week, all signs are pointing to filming already being underway in Northern Ireland.

Downtown Radio shared a picture of a familiar pink ‘GOT’ sign spotted at Scrabo Tower near Newtownards in County Down, which garnered a few comments claiming that signs were also up in Toome and Carryduff. A Twitter user also reported spotting signs in the shadow of the tower as early as the 19th.

Scrabo Tower stands 125 feet (38 meters) high and is topped by a number of turrets. In April of this year the tower was deemed unsafe for visitors due to heavy water damage to its electrical supply and lighting, and has remained closed to the public since. This could mean that the tower was or will be used for exterior shots only.

Maisie Williams also dropped a huge hint via Instagram that she was getting ready to start filming on Season 5. The actress shared all of her jewellery and festival bands she had accumulated over her summer holidays, accompanied by the caption, “Removing jewellery and cutting off festival bands can only mean one thing.. #GoT5.”

 

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114 Comments

  1. Robert B
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Tower of Joy ?!!

  2. Martin
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Maisie showed her true colors by the British Airways tweets.
    She is extremely immature & rude. No wonder so many people have started to turn on her.

    I hope we have less of her in S5. The Bravos arc was abysmal anyway.

    More Crazy Cersei and Dany flies away please.

    What i hope for in S5 -Top 5 moments.
    1.Dany Flies
    2.Walk of Shame
    3.Stabs in the snow
    4.TWOW Material for Sansa & LF
    5.Battle of Ice

  3. lol
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Martin,

    Hilarious joke! LOL

  4. Azzy Mahmood
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Martin,

    While I disagree with Maisie’s approach to the British Airways incident, she is bang on. BA cannot have their cake and eat it – it is discrimination against those 16-18 year olds. Fair play to her for raising awareness of yet another money-grabbing ploy from the worst airline in Britain.

    And let’s be fair to her, she is only 17. She is absolutely entitled to be ‘immature’. Maturity comes with age.

    Also, the only people I have seen turn on her are idiotic Daily Mail fascists. I’m yet to see a reasonably-minded person criticise her.

  5. vectner
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    That tower is badass, if we get a TOJ sequence I’ll melt.

  6. Abyss
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    Martin,

    Oh please… A teenager got angry at something and rented a bit on twitter… If that’s “showing true colours” for you, then you were colour-blind for the longest time.
    And she has a point btw. The barkeeper could just ask for an ID if he/she thinks someone isn’t supposed to get drinks. That’s how it should be handled in every other bar, why not in the business lounge of British Airways? Teenagers and even kids are allowed in bars, they’re just not allowed to drink.

  7. Joe Frost
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Why on earth is Maisie WIlliams spat with BA being brought into this thread?! She’s 17 so is going to say some silly things once in a while but she seems far more level-headed than a lot of people her age.

    Back on topic…be interesting to see what scene the tower may be used for. Be very surprised if it was the Tower of Joy as that’s in Dorne and the architecture seems all wrong.

    It looks lke it’ll be either somewhere in the North, Riverlands or Iron Islands. My money is it’s either the Shadow Tower or being used in the scene where Balon meets his demise (hopefully featuring Euron!)

  8. Abyss
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Abyss,

    *ranted

  9. TargaryenEnterprise
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Martin,

    Spoiler tag?

  10. ChrisMcD
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    This is totally incorrect. **sigh** The signs led to Quintin Castle on The Ards peninsula. They were filming on the beach on Monday morning there. Filming moves on to Portstewart. I’m always sending @Axechucker information on Twitter and he never seems to get it! So who else should I send all my insider info to?

  11. Tatters
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Martin,

    Hypocritical

  12. Abyss
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    ChrisMcD,

    Sent it to Fury, she seems to be on top of things the most when it comes to news.

    https://twitter.com/Thrones_Fury

    Note that news you sent her will not turn up here any more, but on her new site once it’s up.

  13. Hodorer
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Azzy Mahmood:
    Martin,

    While I disagree with Maisie’s approach to the British Airways incident, she is bang on. BA cannot have their cake and eat it – it is discrimination against those 16-18 year olds. Fair play to her for raising awareness of yet another money-grabbing ploy from the worst airline in Britain.

    And let’s be fair to her, she is only 17. She is absolutely entitled to be ‘immature’. Maturity comes with age.

    Also, the only people I have seen turn on her are idiotic Daily Mail fascists. I’m yet to see a reasonably-minded person criticise her.

    The whole British Airways thing is stupid. She got mistreated and complained and suddenly tabloids talked about it because she’s an actress. It’s pretty obvious that if you are sold a business class ticket that allows you to go to the lounge you should be able to.

  14. Fiona gunn
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    ChrisMcD,

    Hello I”ve spent last couple summers driving round NI following signs . Send all tips my way lol

  15. Fiona gunn
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    ChrisMcD,

    Hey. As someone sho likes to spend the summer following the signs and hunting for filming tweet me @fiobagun ta lol

  16. Fiona gunn
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Fiona gunn,

    @fionagun obv

  17. NomadicDirewolf
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    to be fair to maisie it does seem like a fair point, i do agree about what she was saying, even if the way she said it might have come across in the wrong way

  18. Martin2
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Maisie showed her true colors by the British Airways tweets.
    She is extremely immature & rude. No wonder so many people have started to turn on her.

    Martin,

    Her true colors? She’s like 12.

  19. Johnny3toes
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    As much as I want and hope that would be the TOJ I doubt it is. But how god damned cool would it be if it was? I’ll be as giddy as a wee school girl is so.

    Also, not to high jack this thread but can someone point me in the direction of a site that lists all the books related to the Game of Thrones material. I have tried but get lost on some of the books that just have partial stories in them. Can I find all the dunk and egg stories in one book?

  20. fire and blood
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Wonder why they are being so closed lipped about this season….remember last year and the years before when they made a big deal about the start of filming…just curious

  21. Arkash
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    My bet for the tower is the place Stannis stops on his way to WF.

    Add some snow there and it would be perfect.

  22. Abyss
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Johnny3toes,

    Here you go. :)
    Numbers represent order of publishing.

    main corpus:
    1. A Game of Thrones
    2. A Clash of Kings
    3. A Storm of Swords
    4. A Feast for Crows
    5. A Dance with Dragon
    6. The Winds of Winter (Forthcoming)
    7. A Dream of Spring (Forthcoming)

    novellas
    Tales of Dunk and Egg
    1. The Hedge Knight (to be found among others in Legends by Robert Silverberg)
    2. The Sworn Sword (to be found among others in Legends II by Robert Silverberg)
    3. The Mystery Knight (to be found in Warriors by Georg RR Martin and Gardner Dozois)
    (There is supposed to be a collection of these three stories in one book in 2015.)

    novellas/short stories from The World of Ice and Fire (“History book)
    1. The Princess and The Queen, or, The Blacks and The Greens (to be found in Dangerous Women by Georg RR Martin and Gardner Dozois)
    2. The Rogue Prince, or, the King’s Brother (to be found in Rogues by Georg RR Martin and Gardner Dozois)

    world books
    The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones (Forthcoming)

  23. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Martin:
    Maisie showed her true colors by the British Airways tweets.
    She is extremely immature & rude. No wonder so many people have started to turn on her.

    I hope we have less of her in S5. The Bravos arc was abysmal anyway.

    More Crazy Cersei and Dany flies away please.

    What i hope for in S5 -Top 5 moments.
    1.Dany Flies
    2.Walk of Shame
    3.Stabs in the snow
    4.TWOW Material for Sansa & LF
    5.Battle of Ice

    Do you have any sense of irony?

    I believe you have shown your true colors, which seem to be various shades of immaturity. Based on your comments, you are clearly using the incident as a way of indirectly attacking a character and storyline you don’t care for (Arya’s) by discrediting an actress who is popular with the fan base. Pretty petty, adolescent stuff. My guess is that Maise has already surpassed you in the maturity department.

  24. Pau Soriano
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    slayjoy:
    Abyss,

    Whoa! They’re leaving?I’ll follow them, this site has gone to shit and without them, it will be turrible.

    I’ll be there too

  25. Arkash
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Abyss,

    And to complete the list :

    “The Lands of Ice and Fire” who tells quite a lot of stories to alert eyes.

  26. Johnny3toes
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Abyss,

    Thank you very much. That is very clear on what books hold the stories I am looking for. I some how found the hedge knight story in PDF form and assumed the rest were in seperate books but had no luck located them. Will look for someplace to buy the remaining books online. Thanks again

  27. Abyss
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Arkash,

    Right, I always forget about it, because it only tells a story in a very broad sense, but GRRM is credited as the author, so technically you are right.

  28. Ross
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Very briefly on the Maisie thing – it’s really no big deal, I can understand why she got frustrated. Having a business class ticket usually entitles you to the lounge and she was probably excited about going there – to be turned away based on age, when all she wanted to do is sit quietly, is annoying. However, I fully understand BA’s position – the bar is completely unattended and you can help yourself to anything. Imagine the news story if a 17 year old got wasted in a BA lounge?! They did the right thing turning her away.

  29. Abyss
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Johnny3toes,

    No problem. One last thing: I just found out that they split Legends II: (New Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy) in 2004 into Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King and Legends II: Shadows, Gods, and Demons. So if you don’t want to buy all the other stories, buy Legends II: Dragon, Sword and King, that’s the one with The Sworn Sword in it.

  30. most like
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Pau Soriano,

    Agreed. Fansided killed it. Can’t even navigate the pages anymore with all the autoplay garbage clogging it up. And content has deteriorated. So long, WiC.net (sniff)

  31. The Bastard
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Season 5 is already in motion and no release date for book 6.

  32. winnie
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    The fact they’re being so tight lipped about Season 5 tells me they’re definitely going into Winds of Winter territory (and making a few changes along the way) also probably setting up the big reveal for Jon so they’re more worried about spoilers for this season than in the past.

  33. Abyss
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Abyss,

    Holy shit, they pulled the same nonsense with Legends I as well… Here you can by the complete edition, Legends: Stories By The Masters of Modern Fantasy, or by the right mass market paperback, Legends: Discworld, Pern, Song of Ice and Fire, Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, Wheel of Time, if you can find it. – I can see why you were confused now. ;-)

  34. Macharius
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    That tower really made me think of Standfast in Dunk and Egg II: The Sworn Sword.

  35. Matt Blake
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    most like,

    We were finally able to pinpoint the rogue ad and are killing it off. Sorry about that. Super annoying ad that violates our policies. Also, that other poll ad placement was way off so we are killing that too.

    And remember you guys can always send us an email at [email protected] to report any funky ads or any other functionality complaints.

    Thanks!

  36. fire and blood
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    most like,

    Wow same here!!!.with fury,oz and axe leaving…this will pobably be my last post on this site,,such a shame fansided had to ruin this great fan site

  37. Ian McKellen is Leyton Hightower in Season 5
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    The Hightower

  38. Meg
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    if that would be Tower of Joy I would be so happy :O

  39. Ragman's Harbor
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, well I think this may be my last post too. Winter-is-Coming was once the best GOT news website, simple with very relevent posts, informations and opinions. Glad to know that OITF, FaB, Oz and HmR are leaving this shadow of a once amazing website.

    Seriously who cares about:

    -Spirits of Westeros (probably the worst)
    -Dames of Thrones
    -Reddit Reviews (what the ****)
    -Anatomy of a Throne (poorly done)
    -Player of Thrones (who needs this ****)
    -GOT Power rankings (**sigh**)

    Add on top of all that garbage, ”Saturday’s GOT laughs” which has now become ”Got Laughs”. The reason for this change, soil the newsfeed with unnecessary videos, covers and ”Frozen” trailers for Game of Thrones. Really, Fansided?

    ”We’re not going to ruin it”

    Well you did. Goodbye.

  40. Ser Santa
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Anyone know what their new website will be called?

  41. Ser Pounce
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Anyone knows what Fury new website is? I must have someone to argue with about feminist logic whenever game of thrones season starts.

  42. Tori Targaryen
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Abyss,

    Finally! I agree with others, Fansided did kill this place with nonsensical articles and annoying pop ups. Will definitely be checking out Fury’s new site.

  43. zambie76
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I guess it’s a bit to low for the “Hightower”. Harharr!

  44. staff fan
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    I am so glad I read this comment thread for the most VITAL piece of information: the original WIC writing staff are no longer with the site!!!!

    Thanks to those who posted a link to this:

    http://tumblrofthrones.tumblr.com/post/92541658333/announcement-from-the-writers-of-winteriscoming-net

    Odd that whoever is left employed here hasn’t at least done the courtesy of announcing the main writing staff’s (we’ve loved and followed, and debated with) resignation/termination…

    Good luck Fan Sided / WIC… if you hope to retain any readers please post an article soon discussing writing staff change… instead of all this ‘lightbringer’ crap.

  45. Marty
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Tori Targaryen,

    What is their new website?

  46. Abyss
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Marty,

    It isn’t up yet. It will be in about a week.

  47. John
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    As of today [22 Jul, 14], FireAndBlood (aka Axechucker), HearMeRoar, Oz of Thrones, and I (OursIsTheFury) will no longer be a part of WinterIsComing.net.

    What the..??
    Even Oz?

    That’s it.
    I’m out as well.

  48. John
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Last note:
    That’s what we all feared when the cooperation with fanside came out, that they will “sell their soul”…

  49. John
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Permalink
  50. Marty
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Abyss,

    Does anyone know what the web address is going to be? ex: winterisjustbreathingheavy.net

  51. After The Feast
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    staff fan,

    I agree, that news was the most vital.
    So long wic.net, it was fun while it lasted.

  52. Abyss
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Marty,

    Fabio, HMR, Oz and Fury probably know. I would guess they have brought a URL at this point. – If not, yours isn’t a bad idea. :D

  53. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Abyss,

    I’m guessing it will be similar to ‘winter is coming’. Something that is relevant to the series and is catchy. One thing is for sure, once their site is up and running, I won’t be visiting wic.net any more, unless it is to promote the new site in the comment section.

  54. Ser Sh*tmouth
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Fansided on ruining the best GoT site on the web. Once the original writers of WiC (who bring us all the scoops)have their own site up in a week you’ll never get a click from me again. Peace out .

  55. Alex
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    ChrisMcD,

    Amoon8019

  56. Colty
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Wow. Reallly sad to hear about the writers leaving. Will definitely be jumping ship to their new site ASAP. WiC has gotten terrible….

  57. ReekReek
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Obligatory complaint about an apparent lack of Greyjoys!

  58. Alex
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    Are they really cutting most all new characters from AFFC and ADWD? I was looking forward to the Griff/Young Griff storyline. I heard for the longest Arianne, the Greyjoys, and others may be cut. WTF is Tyrion gonna do? I will be pissed if they do. Why would they do that. They adopted Oberyn’s arc and he was new. Are they so desperate to separate themselves from the source material. Why didn’t they just create their own show? You use GRRM’s stuff to grab the audience and right when we get to the heart of it, they pull this stuff out of their ass. If these cuts come to fruition, the show will become something different all together. Call it A Song of D+D.

  59. Nile
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Azzy Mahmood,

    Yeah because the day she turns 18 there is a magical wand and all of a sudden POOF magically she is suddenly intelligent and drinking is ok… While the day before she might as well be a retard. Wonder if she was drooling out of her mouth? She is 17 after all? That stops the day you turn 18… (people in the US suffer from this affliction 3 years longer apparently)

    There is nothing which annoys me more than age discrimination. She is not a RETARD. Age is just a number. Discrimination should never be ok. If you change age for gender, race, religion or whatever there would be an onslaught. To say all 17 year olds are incapable of drinking alcohol is absolutely absurd. Furthermore it’s none of the governments business. People have the right to decide that for themselves. The government has to educate children (and with that i dont mean 17 year old) when they are in elementary school about potential dangers so that these things can happen in a natural and responsible manner…
    Rather than in an attic or a shack (after big brother supplied the booze) without any supervision you’d have in a club for example…
    Fact is most alcoholics are 40+ and they can go to the supermarket and get all the beer they want. Yuck!

    I hope Maisie boycots them. Once again alcohol is the only reason to disallow someone access to a certain location… :(


    Tower of Joy btw?! :)

  60. Abyss
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    Probably, that would make sense.
    The one thing want to see from Fansided before I leave WiC is a proper goodbye for Fabio, HMR, Oz and Fury. Regardless of what happened, Winter, Fury, Fabio, HMR and to a lesser extent Oz made this site what it is today. The community had a part in it as well of curse, but they held it all together. Fansided owes them so much when it comes to they place in the GoT fandom.
    Seriously, Fansided, say goodbye to Fury, Fabio, HMR and Oz and wish them luck, they deserve as much. If you do that, I will leave here with a wave and a smile.

  61. Patchy Face
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    fire and blood,

    Wait -Fury left the site? What did I miss? (Did Axey and Fury leave permanently?)

  62. Randi Shamsabadi Howard
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Abyss,

    I just hope it’s not a tumblr. I don’t have a tumblr account. Then again, we are talking about Oz so…I’d tumblr for ya.

    If it were just Fury leaving, I’d stick around. I’d miss her, especially when someone needed a feminist verbal beat down, but she stir a pot and come off as just as shitty. But ALL the originals? Well, except Phil…OMG DO YOU THINK THEY CAN RECRUIT PHIL?!

    And good luck scrambling to cover Comic Con this weekend. Way to shoot yourselves in the foot in the name of being petty. Hmmm, any suggestions where to get the good stuff on that coverage this weekend?

    Ugh. Taking me entirely too long to type out because mobile version of this site can’t handle corrective/predictive texting. Buuuuut it’ll probably get flagged for “length” anyway. Boo Fansided Bye.

  63. SandraS
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Azzy Mahmood,

    I agree with you. I thing she’s growing up quite nicely. She’s cute as the dickens. I can think of a lot if worse things she could have done, like if she grew up spoiled and rich.

  64. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Patchy Face,

    FaBio,Fury,HearMeRoar, and Oz informed Fansided that they intended to leave and gave their notice, offering to stay through Comic-Con, but were fired on the spot instead. They are starting a new site that is supposed to be like the old WIC.net, or at least that is the intent.

  65. Arkash
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    What about “Winter is Here” for the new site ? ^^

  66. staff fan
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    We have to make sure to post news of their departure and links to their announcement tumblr page, and eventually new links not just on this thread but ALL THREADS. and on their fb page or whatever else…

    again I urge Fan Sided/WiC to make an announcement post asap since they pulled the 4 main writers’ ‘powers’ over the site and they cannot announce it themselves here or probably anything WiC related.

    most of us have been coming here from the beginning of the site…daily..maybe multiple times a day for years now. the site we’ve come to love was in large part built by these writers. they can’t just push it under the rug and hope fans don’t notice.

  67. strokememarge
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Considering it’s summer in N. Ireland, if they are filming at Scrabo Tower in the next few weeks, it can logically be only one locale, the ToJ.
    Looking at the impressive pic below of the tower, with it located high atop that rocky prominence, it facilitates the cgi artisit in creating the mountainous backdrop necessary.
    I figure they will have to construct a weirwood nearby. after all Bran can only see events near one, perhaps they can cgi a weirwood growing around and within the tower, enabling Bran to see events within, which would be quite visually impressive.
    Quintin Castle is more than likely House Umber.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SO4ZGGLn4No/TmuQCRzN22I/AAAAAAAABXM/Prb3Bo8Za_w/s1600/Halloween%2BSnaps%2B05%2B-%2B02%2BDec%2B05%2B172.jpg

  68. Ser Arthur Dan
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    add one more to the list of people who will follow the writers to the new site.

    hopefully that is the TOJ and they bring back Sean Bean to film a flashback to the battle though Bran’s visions

  69. Joe Frost
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    strokememarge,

    The architecture and setting is all wrong for the Tower of Joy, It’s in Dorne as as they’re using Spain as a location for Dorne this isn’t going to fit.
    It should be somewhere in the North, Riverlands or Iron Islands. If I was a betting many I’d say either The Shadow Tower or perhaps be used in the scene where Balon meets his end (hopefully with some Euron presence!)

  70. Lex
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Just found out about the main staff leaving.

    I personally wasn’t too upset with the changes here so far, but this is too much. I’ve been here since 2008 or 2009, but I can’t imagine WiC without any of the original staff. I’ll definitely be joining their new site next week.

  71. fuelpagan
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Sure enjoy reading the comments at the start of the year when it was announced that Phil joined with fansided.

    Phil claims it would allow him more time to focus on content instead of the technical aspects and less than 2 months later…he’s gone.

    Pretty much everyone voiced concern knowing it was a doomed move and sure enough, it came crashing down like most predicted it would.

    I don’t care if it is 2 guys from Kansas that own the company, they still came in like a big business claiming to help and just ended up ruining what made this place special by trying to maximize profits from us fans.

    GeekFurious gave this move less than a year to kill the site and it turns out he was spot on.

    Well at least I won’t have to bother with fansided anymore to get my latest Thrones news.

  72. Patchy Face
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Zack Luye,

    Zack – sorry you got caught up in the middle of the BS. Will continue to listen to GOO but cannot support the site now with all gone. Will support you as much as possible…. Anyway, this is my goodbye to WIC (sad) but have a good time at SDCC and don’t think about it this week.

  73. strokememarge
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Joe Frost,

    Funny if you look at ASoIaF art for ToJ, it looks typical European medieval and not Moorish, so it’s all in the mind of the reader how they want to imagine it.
    Furthermore the ToJ is nearer the border with The Reach than near the heart of Dorne itself, thereby its architecture could be more Westerosi. Think Pyrenees mountains. Below is a few pics of castles in the Pyrenees, one on the French side the other the Spanish side.

    http://www.pyreneanway.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/chateau-foix.jpg

    http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/4332/loarre22gq.jpg

  74. Cumsprite
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    REMAIN CALM! ALL IS WELL!

    I’m going down with the ship you fucking cowards.

  75. Paula Myo
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Zack Luye,

    It was nice knowing you Zack.

  76. Abyss
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Cumsprite,

    Why? The captain and most of the officers have already left it. – Hey, and maybe there is even a small chance that the former captain will charter on the new ship.

  77. Ironborn
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Their new website will be called wedonotsow.com and they’ll never sell their souls again. What is dead may never die, but rises again harder and stronger.

  78. Cumsprite
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Abyss,
    Pretty sure only the brain-dead are staying behind: in the land of the blind and all that.

    I’ll be like Charlton Heston in Omega Man, only my car will be more bitchin’.

  79. Ashara D
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    I’m hoping for ToJ along with the rest of you. Squee!!

    As for WiC, I am beyond sad. I kept hoping that Fansided would get all the crap that they’ve tried over the past few months out of their system and return to what made this site great. It seems that they, like too much of corporate America (corporations of the world?), think they know the public better when really THEY KNOW NOTHING [Jun Snuh]!! I will follow Fury and the gang over at the new site while still checking this one for a bit. Its ur last chance, Fansided. Better make something of it or go down in flames.
    Looking forward to a continuing association with all of you loyal, tolerant, intelligent and hilarious folks that I have come to love here at WiC, on whichever site captures your hearts. Peace to all!

  80. Ashara D
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Cumsprite,

    Omega Man reference! <3

  81. Blabla
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    I’ll switch over to the new site too. This fansided stupidity has killed the site, first with the freaking frame which looks really crammed on my netbook, then with the articles that are simply irrelevant for long-term fans.

  82. Paula Myo
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Wonder who’ll sell-out the next site. My money’s on Fury.

  83. Joe Frost
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    strokememarge,

    From all the art I’ve seen it looks a lot different to Scrabo. For example;

    http://imgur.com/zl6RX

    Plus the landscape around it doesn’t make me think of that part of the world. They should make it noticeably different to define the area it took place in.

    Here’s some other locations I think would be much better ToJs

    Tower of Hercules – Spain

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcharlon/2287398506/

    Almnara Tower – Somalia

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_architecture#mediaviewer/File:Ancient-Almnara.jpg

    The Golden Tower – Spain

    http://www.desigbarcelona.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/torreoro.jpg

    Castille Towers – Spain

    http://images.wisegeek.com/castle-tower-on-hill.jpg

    Nice to see at least the two of us are trying to keep this thread on topic!

  84. Words of Winter
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Yeah. Fansided really did kill WIC. I have been going to WIC almost every day for each of the last 2 years, but it is now filled with so much worthless drivel. They went for quantity over quality. I wish you well, but instead of a site of fans for fans, it became artificial and mass produced gimmick articles. Take care WIC.

  85. strokememarge
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Joe Frost,

    I like the Golden Tower, but it appears from that pic that it is in an urban environment.
    The article mentioned Strabo interior closed due to damage, so exterior shots only. A lonely tower high on a rocky prominence could only be ToJ, I cannot think of any other structure from the books save for Stannis campaign in the North, but it is Winter by then, with snow, which precludes it.

  86. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Cumsprite,

    Any GoT news is good news, from my perspective. The internet is a fickle mistress anyway.

    Thanks for scraping up the news, Lightbringer. Your work is under-appreciated.

    Maybe WinterIsComing could combine with IsWinterComing and we could continue to experience schizophrenic dyslexia and ADD together as frenemies? Hope and cynicism warped into one big horrorshow.

  87. johnnytata
    Posted July 23, 2014 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    i don’t really care so much about the selling out to corporate america part that much, will never begrudge a person a chance to make themselves more money, and i personally don’t find it that hard to sift through the things that don’t interest me, having said that, i am glad they are going back to their roots and choosing to keep true to themselves (hopefully that’s the motivation) since that is closer to my own personal choices in life.

    anyway, i will go over to the new site as well when it is ready so i will see you all on the other side…

  88. Tywin Shat First
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    Paula Myo:
    Wonder who’ll sell-out the next site. My money’s on Fury.

    Really? You say this as the antihero of Hamilton’s Commonwealth Saga and the heroine of the Void series?

  89. sjwenings
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Always support the bottom.

    Looking forward to the new site.

  90. John M W
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    I think it’s hilarious that everybody’s b**ching at Fansided as if they were the ones who sold the website.

  91. Lady
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    Haters gonna hate…but it will be interesting to see what happens between the sites.

    Gives us some juicy gossip while the show is in the off-season.

  92. strokememarge
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    What I really am upset about on this site, is the fact that casting news will happen on Friday, yet WiC only has posted two casting game posts, Doran and Areo.
    No Sand Snakes, Arianne, Trystane, etc. We should have run the gauntlet already the last few weeks. I would like to hear a viable excuse from the editors why they haven’t proceeded with the fan popular casting posts.

  93. dizzy
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    Yeah sorry guys but if you’re driving those four out, then there goes the heart and soul of this page. Maybe it’s for the best.

  94. Lightbringer
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard,

    Thank you for the kind words :)

  95. Paula Myo
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    Tywin Shat First,

    Anti-hero? Paula is hero all the way.

  96. Arkash
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 4:24 am | Permalink

    Tbh, the only thing I may regret from WiC now is Lightbringer’s article whom I wish had gone with the Big Four.

  97. Ross
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    Nile:
    Azzy Mahmood,

    Yeah because the day she turns 18 there is a magical wand and all of a sudden POOF magically she is suddenly intelligent and drinking is ok… While the day before she might as well be a retard. Wonder if she was drooling out of her mouth? She is 17 after all? That stops the day you turn 18… (people in the US suffer from this affliction 3 years longer apparently)

    There is nothing which annoys me more than age discrimination. She is not a RETARD. Age is just a number. Discrimination should never be ok. If you change age for gender, race, religion or whatever there would be an onslaught. To say all 17 year olds are incapable of drinking alcohol is absolutely absurd. Furthermore it’s none of the governments business. People have the right to decide that for themselves. The government has to educate children (and with that i dont mean 17 year old) when they are in elementary school about potential dangers so that these things can happen in a natural and responsible manner…
    Rather than in an attic or a shack (after big brother supplied the booze) without any supervision you’d have in a club for example…
    Fact is most alcoholics are 40+ and they can go to the supermarket and get all the beer they want. Yuck!

    I hope Maisie boycots them. Once again alcohol is the only reason to disallow someone access to a certain location… :(

    Don’t be so ridiculous. It’s not discrimination, it’s the law! To lump this together with race or gender discrimination (or other types of genuine age discrimination which happen all the time) is really silly. 18 is the LEGAL age for drinking in the UK – of course it is completely arbitrary, but they have to choose an age, and the age when you officially (in the eyes of the law) become an adult seems sensible. What would you prefer? Each person is somehow means tested to see if they are ‘ready’ for alcohol?

    And anyway, whether you agree with the law or not, what choice does BA have in this situation? Again what do you expect them to do – wave through any 16 or 17 year olds they think (based on an instant judgement) will be fine with their booze?! Don’t be so naïve. BA is a massive corporation with huge responsibilities – OF COURSE they can’t be seen to condone illegal alcohol intake for under 18s. And as the bars in their lounges are self-service and unmanned (and absolutely amazing by the way), there’s no way of policing it. I’m sure Maisie will cope with waiting another few months. It’s luxury enough to be on business class travel at that age.

  98. Sheepstealer
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    strokememarge,

    There has been a post for Griff too if I remember correctly but I totally agree with you. Casting suggestions are one of about a hundred things which could definitely be improved, especially considering all this insignificant, GOT unrelated stuff which has been arround since fansided took over.

    I think that they made a big mistake by never even trying to listen to the people at WIC. I’m not saying that they should consider every isolated opinion but there were major concerns first when Winter told us the news and later in just about every “drinks of Westeros” section and on various other occasions. It could well be that they never even listened to their writers considering the change in climate Fury reported on.

    Trouble is if fansided is determined to continue like this they will not only lose the fantastic four loyalists but sooner or later they will scare away a good deal of new readers or those who decide to stay behind because of other writers like Zack and Lightbringer. I’ll be leaving this site too as soon as the new site is on but it might be I’ll check back now and then, just out of curiosity.

    I think it’s past time that fansided makes ammends for what they have done to this site. A post in which they clarify the current situation and at least say goodbye to Fury, FaB, Hear me Roar and OZ would be appropriate though I’m afraid that will never happen.

  99. Patchface
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    Pau Soriano: I’ll be there too

    I agree with that, will be there too…OursIsTheFury was the best! No nonsense approach…

  100. Joe Frost
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    strokememarge,

    They could edit/CGI out the landscape I guess. For me Scrabo just doesn’t look like the Tower of Joy. Doesn’t fit with Dorne’s charaacter. I have a new favourite for it now!

    Hickhams Moorish-style water tower in Hawaii

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/markpayton/7979053265/in/photostream/

    http://www.hookelenews.com/freedom-tower-serves-as-hickam-historic-landmark/

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/adamtheo/5468248680/

    Personally, I think it’s perfect!

  101. Hizdahr Zo Loraq for President
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    My first thought was that the tower would stand as the battlements in Winterfell that Reek and Fake Arya jump off of to escape.

    PS – I hope the new site doesn’t include Jessicas themed drinks.

    PPS – Maisie is a Goddess and can say and do whatever she wants. What in seven bloody hells gives anyone the right to ever even question her?

    PPPS – Fuck Fansided.

  102. BranSnow
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    While it is sad that most of the original writers are gone, I think the reason this site was so good was the sharing of thoughts, ideas, theories from the fans of GoT. The only thing that is annoying now is the ads, surveys, and waaaaayyyy too many articles, which I think most of them share no information about the show at all.

    Also, if Fury is running the new site, count me out. I respect that she was very opinionated, but she wasn’t open to the opinion’s of others. The moderating job was terrible, that one thread (that was eventually stopped) about a certain war in the Middle East, went on waaay too long (with terrible content), even though Fury continually stated that all personal attacks would be deleted (apparently only the ones with contrary views with her).

    Also again, if you are against the Fansided Empire, STOP COMING ON HERE AND GENERATING HITS FOR THEM. OZ is awesome btw.

  103. Bex
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Randi Shamsabadi Howard,

    It’s not a tumblr

  104. Once a Fan
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    staff fan,

    Thanks – done with this site too. It’s become really lame.

  105. John M W
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I must be the only one on here who uses Adblock, because I’ve never had any issues with ads.

  106. strokememarge
    Posted July 24, 2014 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Still waiting on a post by the new editors on why they wouldn’t create the fan favorite casting posts we have come to expect in June and July, excluding Doran and Areo (which did appear on WiC). We still had the rest of the Martell clan plus many other’s…well…I’m waiting.
    These are always a big draw, with hundreds of posts and replies.

  107. Chump Force 1
    Posted July 25, 2014 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to the new site. Don’t care for majority of articles om here. That said WIC/Phil sold to famsided with the promise that he could now focus on content. That never came to be and he left altogether shortly after. At the time many warned of the issues with famsided amd what the site would become with lots of ads etc and that’s just what it became. Nothing shocking that’s just their business model.

    Its unfortunate that WiC/Phil did not do his homework and know what fansided was or maybe he did and there was a larger plan. Not against anyome making a buck but a bit more honesty about the true nature of turning WiC over to fansided would have been appriciated.

  108. BlackTalon
    Posted July 25, 2014 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    That could very well be the Tower of Joy.

    Silly to say the landscape doesn’t fit, there is no reason at all it has to be in or even near Dorne. That didn’t even matter in the books and the show has changed far more important things.

  109. Ashara D
    Posted July 25, 2014 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Hizdahr Zo Loraq for President,

    Perhaps they will use it for both this and Balon’s death just by adjusting the shot angle and CGIing the crenellations. Would be thrifty. :)

  110. Sister Kisser
    Posted July 25, 2014 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Just tried to leave a reply… Is it stuck in Fansided filter land?

    Ashara D,

    Was just sayin that I’m still feelin like its TOJ location. Was just thinking of how high impact Stannis’s offer to Jon will be, if the viewers are in on, and we all have confirmation of Jon’s parentage via Branvision prior to said offer.

    Balons death, if we get it, will likely be CG around stormy Pyke, and Reek to the rescue can just be winterfell sets.

    Also, m’lady Dayne, fellow practitioner of positive thought. Have you heard this nonsense from Hrrm’s UK publisher denouncing 2015 release dates??

    I refuse this. MUST BE A RUSE DESIGNED TO BUILD HYPE! TWOW, on a shelf near you, holidays 2015!

  111. Chriss
    Posted July 26, 2014 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    Martin:
    Maisie showed her true colors by the British Airways tweets.
    She is extremely immature & rude. No wonder so many people have started to turn on her.

    I hope we have less of her in S5. The Bravos arc was abysmal anyway.

    More Crazy Cersei and Dany flies away please.

    What i hope for in S5 -Top 5 moments.
    1.Dany Flies
    2.Walk of Shame
    3.Stabs in the snow
    4.TWOW Material for Sansa & LF
    5.Battle of Ice

    As ugly as it is seeing a privileged rich person moaning about not being privileged enough, she is right. She paid for a business class ticket just like everyone in the business class lounge.

    Her miscalculation was in not realising this wasn’t a ‘teen problem’, but a ‘rich teen problem’, so not exactly something everybody was going to get behind.

  112. ash
    Posted July 26, 2014 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Mmmm, my post is gone. Just wanted to know how we are going to learn about the site. Do I continue to come here, or stay on the site where the announcement was made.

    This really is too bad; Ive been impressed with the site since it started. I knew about Fansided before, they messed up another site I was on. So I was sad to see it happen but hoped it would work. Well, I’ll follow the rest of you. See you on the flip side.

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