Filming Production

Brienne and Pod, and Knights of the Vale seen filming at Sallagh Braes

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As we know, filming of Game of Thrones Season 5 is well underway. We’ve already seen a few teases from the set at The Wall courtesy of Carice van Houten, and now, thanks to Fireandblood10 on Reddit, we have our first glimpses of the filming happening at Sallagh Braes.

Yesterday, the fan witnessed two scenes being filmed, one of which included Brienne and Pod, who seem to have recovered their horses, and were seen riding down a hill together.

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The second consisted of the Knights of the Vale, accompanying one woman, and two men who were dressed in normal clothing, without armour.

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It was noted that they didn’t see anything particularly special happening during the filming, but that they did arrive just as filming was wrapping up.

For the full set of images click here.

Start squinting and speculating!

65 Comments

  • Were is the snow? It’s suppose to be snowing in the Vale by now.

    JHC, they need to start filming these scenes in November, or October with fake snow on the ground. I hope D&D realize that WiC and the outdoor scenes are suppose to be in snow by this point in the story from the neck north.
    I really hope they stay true to the environment concerning you know what scenes, I know it’s more expensive to film in cold and snow but hey, it’s HBO and also viewers will be wondering where Winter is also.
    The snow will be arriving soon in KL around the end of the season, it needs to happen because cold and snow means Winter and the foreshadowing of doom.
    upon Westeros. Casual viewers have already been wondering what’s keeping Winter and the snow away. I don’t think ease of shooting scenes and budget will fly with viewers.

  • strokememarge,

    Didn’t you hear? Winter got cut, alone with Stone Heart, the grey joys and arienne. Something about them needing to finish the show in 7 seasons and timing and budget etc.

    Sorry about that, but hey at least Jamie goes to Dorne! Yaaaaay

  • Matt,

    title of season 7 will be a dream for winter,the finale will be a snow flake falling and hitting the ground. The final line will be winter has come…the end of game of thrones.

  • Nah, what will happen is next year when they start shooting season 6, they will announce Iceland as the only filming location, all the scenes will be filmed in the snow, all the buildings will be in CGI, the acting will be crap, and Emilia will win an Emmy because of this.

  • strokememarge:
    Were is the snow? It’s suppose to be snowing in the Vale by now.

    JHC, they need to start filming these scenes in November, or October with fake snow on the ground.

    Doubtful they could spread enough fake snow to cover the scenery they’re using here.

  • Oh my god, people are crying before the latest season is even properly under way. I’m very much thinking that Maisie Williams was right about snobby book fans! People will enjoy the series regardless of what ‘actually happens’ and frankly there’s nothing at all wrong with that!!

  • I wouldn’t be too worried about the lack of snow, they can certainly add it in after the fact if they need to. They added snow to the background of the Bolton’s last scene in Season 4 as they approached Winterfell. (You can see the before/after in Mackevision’s VFX Reel). I’m assuming it’s a lot easier to add it in afterwards, than to, like Sean C said, spread fake snow around, or wait for the snow fall to be just right.

  • TheMannis:
    Sheesh…all you people do is complain…why do you even bother coming to this site?

    *sighs* People love conflict. It is known.

  • Tatters,
    Filming in Greenland would be just as big a pain as filming in Iceland was. As for Canada, most of the country does not have snow until into December.

  • Of course, the show is the show and the books are the books. It’s best to remember that before someone kidnaps D&D Annie Wilkes-style and demands they write an Arianne scene.

    In the books it wasn’t snowing in Brienne’s storyline.

    In the Eyrie storyline it had only started snowing up the mountains (this is included in the show). It’s mentioned that it had just started snowing at the Stone Gate. It’s possible for it to snow on and around the mountains and not be snowing on the ground, though (the snow at the Stone Gate came from a brewing storm).

    Also, coming from a winter climate, sometimes it will snow on one day and then not snow for a week or two before it snows again. When it snows once, it doesn’t mean it will snow continuously from that point.

  • sloosh:
    Of course, the show is the show and the books are the books. It’s best to remember that before someone kidnaps D&D Annie Wilkes-style and demands they write an Arianne scene.

    In the books it wasn’t snowing in Brienne’s storyline.

    In the Eyrie storyline it had only started snowing up the mountains (this is included in the show). It’s mentioned that it had just started snowing at the Stone Gate. It’s possible for it to snow on and around the mountains and not be snowing on the ground, though (the snow at the Stone Gate came from a brewing storm).

    Also, coming from a winter climate, sometimes it will snow on one day and then not snow for a week or two before it snows again. When it snows once, it doesn’t mean it will snow continuously from that point.

    And in addition, if they show too much snow in places that are not the North, the Unsullied will be going at the end of season 5: “What, winter has only come now? Hasn’t it been winter for a while?”

  • I’ll take natural landscapes (with or without snow) over fake scenery on soundstages as in the Hobbit films. One great thing about GoT is the naturalism of its settings (with the only big miss, IMO, being the painted table room in Dragonstone).

  • Question – if anyone knows – have the revealed the entire new cast for the next season?

  • strokememarge:
    Were is the snow? It’s suppose to be snowing in the Vale by now.

    JHC, they need to start filming these scenes in November, or October with fake snow on the ground. I hope D&D realize that WiC and the outdoor scenes are suppose to be in snow by this point in the story from the neck north.
    I really hope they stay true to the environment concerning you know what scenes, I know it’s more expensive to film in cold and snow but hey, it’s HBO and also viewers will be wondering where Winter is also.
    The snow will be arriving soon in KL around the end of the season, it needs to happen because cold and snow means Winter and the foreshadowing of doom.
    upon Westeros. Casual viewers have already been wondering what’s keeping Winter and the snow away. I don’t think ease of shooting scenes and budget will fly with viewers.

    Yeah, sorry but if you whining book purists want winter you have the books. D&D have to cut the fluff, so winter had to go. Frankly I’m grateful D&D are getting rid of all of the unnecessary story. I mean sure, sometimes things don’t make sense anymore. Like Doran suddenly having only one son, when he earlier had at least two, and Tywin sending Myrcella to Dorne, when it was Tyrion. Or you know, that whole Dreadfort incident. Or the Craster’s Keep fan fiction. Or the army of reanimated skeletons.

    But hey. One of the Dornish storylines ended in a character death, so it was like filler. And me and the other show viewers don’t like filler. So we’re grateful the series has been so streamlined (for clarification, we show lovers have declared everything after book three is filler). Beside, now that winter’s cut, we can get rid of all that distracting stuff in the north with Stannis and Winterfell, etc, and get the story back on track, and back to what we all really love about the series (which George has totally forgotten), needless fight scenes and tits.

    Thank God for D&D.

  • VarysFTW:
    Question – if anyone knows – have the revealed the entire new cast for the next season?

    We assume not in the way we assumed Lady Stoneheart was going to be a super secret big reveal. Take from that what you will.

  • Chriss,

    Not a whining book purists, Winter and snow is an extremely important part of the story, Winter is Coming…hello! Even casual viewers are wondering when is Winter coming. They showed it snowing in the Vale late last season, but where is the snow cover…hello!
    The only main exclusion so far I dislike is Arianne not as a character but to me it was important to showcase the difference in the Dornish inheritance. Girls can be chosen before men. Apparently D&D are Monastics, and don’t like the thought of a females trumping males, otherwise why exclude Arianne and make Trystane the heir.
    I like the idea of Jaime going to Dorne, increased role of Sand Snakes, lessening the part of the Ironborn, except for Theon’s arc, so never fucking get me confused with a whining book purist.

  • strokememarge:
    Chriss,

    Not a whining book purists, Winter and snow is an extremely important part of the story, Winter is Coming…hello! Even casual viewers are wondering when is Winter coming. They showed it snowing in the Vale late last season, but where is the snow cover…hello!
    The only main exclusion so far I dislike is Arianne not as a character but to me it was important to showcase the difference in the Dornish inheritance. Girls can be chosen before men. Apparently D&D are Monastics, and don’t like the thought of a females trumping males, otherwise why exclude Arianne and make Trystane the heir.
    I like the idea of Jaime going to Dorne, increased role of Sand Snakes, lessening the part of the Ironborn, except for Theon’s arc, so never fucking get me confused with a whining book purist.

    No, it was… I was being… Ne… never mind.

  • Well, this comment thread deteriorated quickly, and didn’t get better. Who would think that, out of all the possible subjects for discussion and speculation this photo may have caused, 90% of the thread would be people whining about the lack of snow in the Vale.

  • Chriss,

    Lol, you’re pathetic, man. If you hate the show so much, don’t watch it, let alone post about it on online message boards. I hate the last two books, but I don’t waste my time complaining about them constantly.

  • Hmm.. Chriss isn’t pathetic.
    Couldn’t agree more with him.

    Stoememarge.. Chriss was sarcastically
    defending you against many peoples rude
    Reaction to your comments because god forbid
    Either of you have an opinion they don’t agree with
    Thus reducing you to reader or show viewer
    Grow up

  • wizardeyes:
    ArgonathofBraavos,

    I totally agree with you about the natural landscapes – The Hobbit films look so fake and horrible.

    However I think the dragonstone set is awesome!

    I always come back to how lucky the ASOIAF fandom is to have this level of quality applied to an adaptation. I’ve been a Tolkien fan for far longer, and the films (especially the Hobbit, but also large chunks of LOTR) were almost devastatingly disappointing to me.

    You’ve got it good with D&D, people. Just think of what Peter Jackson might have done to these stories!

  • Winter is coming. Don’t worry about it! It’ll be here soon. Seriously. It’s on its way. Should be here any time now. Anytime between 2015 and 2017. What? That’s the service window.

  • strokememarge:
    Chriss,

    Not a whining book purists, Winter and snow is an extremely important part of the story, Winter is Coming…hello! Even casual viewers are wondering when is Winter coming. They showed it snowing in the Vale late last season, but where is the snow cover…hello!
    The only main exclusion so far I dislike is Arianne not as a character but to me it was important to showcase the difference in the Dornish inheritance. Girls can be chosen before men. Apparently D&D are Monastics, and don’t like the thought of a females trumping males, otherwise why exclude Arianne and make Trystane the heir.
    I like the idea of Jaime going to Dorne, increased role of Sand Snakes, lessening the part of the Ironborn, except for Theon’s arc, so never fucking get me confused with a whining book purist.

    D&D don’t like female trumping males? In another thread i see more bitching on D&D fucking up because they made a “female” Brienne beat up the hound, or they focus too much on Daenerys or making Gilly looking tougher then Janos. There’s really no winning with the whiners assuming shit all the time

  • Remember that the shot with Roose and Ramsay in the North last season had all that snow added in postproduction.

  • Whining about whiners is whining too. It’s an even more annoying kind of whining, because it has no relevance at all to either the show or the book.

    …and it is NOT Sansa or LF in the pics, but someone totally new most likely. Is that one guy wearing blue jeans?

  • Joshua White:
    Chriss,

    Lol, you’re pathetic, man.If you hate the show so much, don’t watch it, let alone post about it on online message boards.I hate the last two books, but I don’t waste my time complaining about them constantly.

    Haha! I’m pathetic! Pathetic! Because I posted a gentle mockery of certain people’s unrelenting defense of a TV show.

    This is why people don’t like show apologists. They just simply refuse to accept any criticism of the TV show. I was a show watcher before I was a book reader. It makes no difference. The show has still fucked some stuff up. Doesn’t matter if you’ve never read the books, the TV show has started to fuck up within its own internal mythos. Why do I need to hate the TV show to point that out?

    Is it so strange, that having noted the TV show is at its worst when it wildly strays from the books, I’d rather it didn’t do that?

    PS- I don’t know why you even mention that you don’t constantly whine about books 4 & 5. Why would you need to? Within this fandom, it’s somehow become a universal truth that books 4 & 5 are bad. It doesn’t matter that they’re much, much better written; create a vast world that didn’t exist before, plant the seeds of about a thousand new storylines, have some of the most character heavy POV’s in the series, and are stylistically fluent on a level none of the first three books even comes close to, that doesn’t matter. ‘Cause, you know, ‘FILLER!!!!!!!!’

  • Saying “certain storylines in the North should have snow” isn’t even a complaint or an assumption, just an observation and a hope. We have no idea how it will be portrayed in the end, but I hope there will be snow.

    “Complaining about complainers” can easily become more irritating than the original “complaints” themselves.

  • A Man Grown: “Complaining about complainers” can easily become more irritating than the original “complaints” themselves.
      QUOTE  

    While I agree with that statement, now we have complaining about complainers complaining. whoa. Now thanks to me we have complaining about tertiary complaining about complaining about complainers. Whoa man… meta.

  • In Comic Con a fan tried at ask about Stoneheart and he was told they could not answer his question. If she’s definitely cut, why can’t they say she’s cut? Why would they perpetuate the doubt?

    I think they missed out on the right moment to reveal her, for sure, but the fact that they won’t answer questions like this makes me wonder. Fairley’s answer made it seem final, but then again, why not answer the damn question at Comic Con if the actress already made it sound final?

  • Whining, metawhining, snow-whining, book purists being dicks…

    I guess I’ll just add my voice to the metawhining, say I have seen the same photos create better discussion elsewhere, and go there.

  • Chriss,

    Lol, I share some of your show critiques, but I still find it entertaining. It’s no Breaking Bad but it’s probably my favorite current show. You seem upset that so many people enjoy the show. Fan sites are always going to have comic book guy types, and you aren’t going to change that. It would be like me going over to Westeros and pointing out all the book failings. I read them, enjoyed the first three, hated the last two, and moved on to reading better authors.

    PS- A thousand new storylines in the middle of an already 4,000 page volume originally intended to be a trilogy is not a plus for most people, so you shouldn’t be surprised that you’re apparently in the minority. Martin’s prose were never great, they are serviceable, often repetitive, and he’s stuck in the 90s as far as point of view immersion and still uses lots of dated narrator tells. But all of his flaws in the first three books were more than made up for by a tight narrative with interesting characters. Good world building is worked seamlessly into the narrative, like Abercrombie often achieves, not info dumping constantly like Martin, or having Brienne wander around for hundreds of pages not advancing the primary plots.

    I want to read about the game of thrones, and the struggle between the forces of ice and fire. I want to read about the Lannisters and the Starks and (Danny? Well…) and Stannis and the characters surrounding them. These are the elements that were lost in the last two bloated volumes.

    But books are subjective, and I’m always glad that people enjoy books, even books I dislike, because reading imo is always going to be the most enriching form of storytelling.

  • I hate the word “fuck-up”, just because something is cut, even if it may have added to the story does not mean that the story is automatically null and void. Show apologists may be awful (and often are), but brash and hurried criticism without consideration is appallingly stupid.

  • I never thought the whiners will counter themselves and call others whining because we call out their whinning. Now they whine about their own whinning.

    I’m a ASOIAF book reader and it does not take an ape to know the difference between a show and a book. It’s been said many times, the show is the show and the books is the books. Yet, the level of whining gets worse everytime by the book snobs that give us book readers a bad rep. Would I love Stoneheart on the show? Sure. Do I think it is better to reveal her on season 5 since there’s less “shocking” moments, absolutely. Would it bother me of she’s cut? No. The story goes on…. It is still a great show telling the story on what works for TV. I will still pick up my TWOW book, read it while I drink my cofee or take a shit. You whiners like the sound of your own voice too much.

  • King Stannis,

    The right to whine is yours by rights. All those who deny that are your foes. The whiners will bend the knee or you’ll destroy them. If only all the whiners in the Seven Kingdoms had but a single neck…

  • A Man Grown:
    King Stannis,

    The right to whine is yours by rights. All those who deny that are your foes. The whiners will bend the knee or you’ll destroy them. If only all the whiners in the Seven Kingdoms had but a single neck…

    The time has come to choose. Let no man claim ignorance as an excuse.

  • Alec:
    I hate the word “fuck-up”, just because something is cut, even if it may have added to the story does not mean that the story is automatically null and void. Show apologists may be awful (and often are), but brash and hurried criticism without consideration is appallingly stupid.

    One major obstacle to rational debate on this site are words like “show apologist” and “book whiners.” It leaves people who are neither of those things, but rather just observers of good story and character, either on the sidelines or grouped in with one of those camps. Humans are notoriously prone to accepting polarization, and false categorization, but can we try to transcend that here?

    I love the show. Not because I am a ” show apologist,” but because I think it’s great, for a number of reasons!

    Most of us, as Walt Whitman said “contain multitudes.” Can we please stop with this false, childish, black & white “show apologist vs. book whiners” war?

  • ArgonathofBraavos,

    Actually thought I was going for that position with what I said! Maybe it wasn’t clear enough but I do agree with you that there needs to be a middle ground compromise and not to view the show from one extreme or another. That said, I think it’s a testament to the series as a whole that people are so passionate!

    But yeah, I love the show and enjoy the story that the books tell.

  • Matt:
    strokememarge,

    Didn’t you hear? Winter got cut, along with Stone Heart

    I laughed more than I should have. I am super stoked to see where they take Brienne and Pod’s storyline. Hopefully Pod will survive but if he doesn’t that is sure to be a tear jerker. Oh and Dark Sansa ftw. That should be interesting as well! So excited!

  • Will there be any filming in Old Town / Samwell storyline? The Reach should be France (Next to Dorne/Spain, origin of chivalry, rich agriculture).

  • Silly question, maybe, but is this Cairncastle? The same place they filmed the scene in episode one where Ned beheads the deserter of the Night’s Watch? Looks kind of the same?

  • Chriss,

    I’m a viewer and love to listen readers theories. You know why? Because they seem way more clever than the majority of viewers who wrote here (sorry, that’s true)

    And to prove that, you keep forgetting that those readers are viewers too. Contrary doesn’t seem to happen, am I correct?

    Now, as most of the viewers here (except me) enjoy fighting and criticize readers opinions, are you good at mathematics? Or can you make your brain work a little…
    Since the first novel was out in 1996 (not sure of the year exactly as GRRM began in 1991), how many readers do that makes us? Plus, we don’t know how many readers shared their books to a friend right?! How many are they? Since how many years do you think these people are involved?

    Oooooh, I’m sure you don’t give a sh** about it but I do, simply because they love the story, it was their universe first before yours and let me remind you something simple : I believe that the success of this TV series is because of them!
    They talk about it, they’ve been there since the really beginning AND I can easily understand that they’re offended when those 2 “lack-of-balls” D&D in front of HBO said to GRRM “hey, don’t worry, you can trust us, we won’t messed up your universe…” sort of.

    So leave them alone!

    And to cut this final point, let me put an example on the table : The Walking Dead – TV Series : great first season, then completely fu**ed up.

    I, for sure, don’t want the same thing to happen to GOT just because HBO has a boner with their “Emmy’s 19 nominations” this year. If they have it, it’s because the story is good (hope they won’t forget it) and if to keep it good we need those “Cerberus Dogs” aka The Readers to keep this show fantastic, then “amen”, keep expressing yourself viewers, tell me more… I just love it!

    PS : I don’t agree with the Sand Snakes casting either, nor the Arianne missing thing. Politically, having a heiress was way much a better idea to confront KL and I would have just looooooved to imagine Cersei so jealous to see a woman could rule in an another land, but never she would (not born at the right place is still a modern thought) – what a bunch of idiots writers plot…