Game of Thrones Season 5 reported to film in Kaštel Gomilica near Split

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A new location for the filming of Game of Thrones Season 5 has been uncovered by Total Split. We learned earlier this year that Šibenik would be added to the list of locations in Croatia, and Kaštel Gomilica looks to be added as well.

Today, a local portal, grada Kaštela, informed the public that on August 14, there would be several hours of controlled burning of trash and other fine materials along the sealine in Kaštel Gomilica, opposite of a fortress known as Kaštilac. The announcement came with one other special note – it was to prepare for the filming of Game of Thrones.

Kaštilac is an ancient fortress within Kaštel Gomilica, a small settlement just miles from Split. Kaštilac lies on an island 40m from the shore, connected by a stone bridge, and is one of the original seven castles of Kaštela.

Game of Owns: Fight and Flight

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Episode 234 – Fight and Flight

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Arya Stark is back, and leaving Harrenhal in a hurry. Hot Pie and Gendry struggle to match the pace of this episode’s hero, but GOO is here to see it to the end.

The idea that landed Dave Hill a writing position on Game of Thrones Season 5

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Variety published a feature on showrunners today which included a new quote from our very own Game of Thrones showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

We learned earlier this year that a new writer was being welcomed into the mix for Season 5, former production assistant Dave Hill. Now we know the one great idea that caught the attention of Benioff and Weiss to help land Hill the dream job, as Variety reveals one of their favorite writers’ room moments:

“We had an assistant named Dave Hill,” say Benioff and Weiss. “One day last summer he walked into our office and said, ‘You know that kid whose family gets massacred by the wildlings? The one who runs to Castle Black to let them know the wildlings are nearby?’


‘Well,’ said Dave, ‘doesn’t it make sense that he’d stay at Castle Black and become a Night’s Watch recruit? Where else is he going to go?’

‘You’re right,’ we said. ‘That does make sense.’

‘And what if during the battle for Castle Black, he’s the one who ends up killing Ygritte?’

This year, Dave Hill is a writer on the show.”

George R.R. Martin speaks at Edinburgh International Book Festival

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George R.R. Martin appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this week to discuss his writing, and meet with his Scottish fans.

Martin took part in two hour long Q&A sessions. The first of which, titled Creating Brave New Worlds, focused largely on his writing, and his work on A Song of Ice and Fire. The event was live streamed on BBC and will be available on demand soon, but in the mean time, The Guardian has provided a number of great quotes from the session.

His writing has been inspired by Scottish history:

“Standing in Hadrian’s Wall on a cold day – not quite cold and grey as this day – I stared off into Scotland and tried to imagine what it was like to be a Roman legionary. It was a profound feeling.”

“Scottish history is very bloody, but so are the histories from most places. I guess what made it special is that it has been extensively chronicled, and that it has been done in English, so I’ve had more access to it.”

He often gets letters requesting male sex scenes in his books:

“I do get letters from fans that want me to present an explicit male sex scene. Most of these letters come from women. I don’t pretend to understand this, I merely read my emails. I’m not going to shy away from doing it if it has to happen, but I don’t think you can just insert things because everyone wants to see them.”

“In the books I have a very limited third-person viewpoint. It’s the way I prefer to write fiction, because it’s the way we all see and experience life. I put gay characters in the books but they’re not the viewpoint characters. A TV show doesn’t have that limitation.”

Actor JJ Murphy passes away shortly after filming scenes for Game of Thrones Season 5

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The Belfast Telegraph reports that veteran Northern Ireland actor JJ Murphy has passed away just four short days after filming his first scenes for Game of Thrones Season 5.

Eighty-six-year-old Murphy had been an unannounced new addition to the cast in the role of Ser Denys Mallister, one of the oldest members of the Night’s Watch, and commander of the Shadow Tower. He had shared his excitement to be working on the popular series with friends, and was due to shoot more scenes shortly. It is not known whether the role will be re-cast or if the scenes he was due to film will be re-written.

Murphy was best known as a man of the theatre, having trained alongside Liam Neeson and Ciaran Hinds. His film credits include Faraway, Mickybo and Me, Puckoon, and Angela’s Ashes. He will appear in Dracula Untold later this year.

Murphy’s agent Philip Young has received messages of sympathy from HBO executives, and of Murphy’s passing he said: “I have never encountered a man with more spirit, passion and love for his craft.”

Reddit Review: The Saddest Red Wedding Reaction, a new Batman and Robin, and more

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Welcome back Reddit and Non-Reddit lovers. This week we have an action packed post for you! Featuring a lot more fan art, montage videos, an extremely sad Red Wedding reaction video, and of course, cake.

Jump below the break for more!

King’s Landing constructed in Minecraft
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King's Landing

4 months, 220,000 man hours, and a couple hundred builders later, King’s Landing exists in Minecraft.

Game of Thrones Season 5 wraps filming at Portstewart Strand

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Filming of Game of Thrones Season 5 at Portstewart Strand has wrapped up, with locals and beach-goers returning to their regularly scheduled Instagram pictures of the sunset without a pesky film crew getting in the way.

It was a very busy week on social media, and an exciting look into the day to day filming of our favorite television show. Let’s take a quick look back at what we saw, and what spoilers were unveiled during Game of Thrones’ week at the beach.

Some of the newest pictures from the set come from herringpond on Flickr, who managed to get some very nice quality shots of the final few scenes filmed on Friday. The new pictures provide the best look at the Dornish guards yet, including the always amazing costume work on Thrones.

Game of Thrones filming heats up in Spain, an iconic scene is coming

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The Andalusian region of Spain has joined the ranks of Croatia, Iceland, and Northern Ireland to welcome the Game of Thrones cast and crew during this exciting time, as season 5 is being created. Images of the week’s activities at Portstewart Strand were unbelievably accessible, scattered across social media, but a very cool look into what’s to come nonetheless.

In an exciting bit of news, our friends at Los Siete Reinos (who sent a raven during the dark of last evening) have kept a firm eye on their homeland, and report that an iconic scene for the upcoming season has been tested in Osuna’s Plaza de Toros.

A local report from the set of Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland

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In a local report from Northern Ireland, BBC correspondent Maggie Taggart took to the beaches of Portstewart Strand for a closer look at the set of Game of Thrones season 5.

A selection of photos have surfaced over the past handful of days, but in this report, we have a rare chance to hear from locals and holiday-goers on the matter.

Limited edition vinyl Game of Thrones season 4 soundtrack available for pre-order

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For the audiophiles (and collectors) among us, New on Vinyl has sent word that they are now accepting pre-orders for the limited edition double LP press of the Game of Thrones season 4 original soundtrack, by composer Ramin Djawadi.
Place your order in time, and snag the special Iron Throne themed vinyl art version, very cool. Limited to two thousand copies, shipping will commence on the First of September.

For those of us without a tried-and-true musical device of old, the soundtrack is currently available on Amazon.


Game of Owns: Midsummer Dreams

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Episode 233 – Midsummer Dreams

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Back from the long road of listener meet-ups and conventioning, Game of Owns returns with another chapter from the pages Ice and Fire, including certain pieces from the recent live show in Orlando, Florida.

George R.R. Martin comments on diversity in Game of Thrones; will re-release children’s book The Ice Dragon

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The big Season 5 casting announcement that came out of San Diego Comic-Con was met with equal parts excitement and apprehension. Partly because of some missing characters that were integral to the story told in the last two installments of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, and partly because of the perceived lack of racial diversity in the Game of Thrones cast.

Martin recently took to his blog to address one of those concerns. A fan commented that the lack of diversity in Game of Thrones “really hurts,” and although she applauds the casting of DeObia Oparei she wonders “must all black people in the series be servants, guards, or charlatans?”

Martin offered the following response:

Westeros around 300 AC is nowhere near as diverse as 21st century America, of course… but with that being said, I do have some ‘characters of color’ who will have somewhat larger roles in WINDS OF WINTER. Admittedly, these are secondary and tertiary characters, though not without importance.

Of course, I am talking about the books here, and you are talking about the show, which is a thing apart. I do think HBO and David and Dan are doing what they can to promote diversity as well, as witness the casting of Areo Hotah, which you mention. Of course, Hotah IS a guard… but he is also a viewpoint character in the novels, a brave and loyal warrior.

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