As the Game of Thrones cast gathers in Belfast to table read for Season 6, elsewhere in Ireland, production is readying to return to old locations. The Derry Journal reported today that several locals have contacted them to say they’ve seen signs of the show prepping to once again start filming in Magilligan, Northern Ireland. Last year, the production filmed there in the fall, and as one can see from the pictures, this was the area that stood in for the lands around The Vale.Photo from the filming of Season 5 in Magilligan on Binevenagh mountain
We already have it semi-confirmed from the casting leaks this season that the show will most likely be focusing at least one plot line in the North. This could be one of those places that will be functioning as a stand in.
Signs for “GOT” and “UNIT” base have started popping up, and residents have supplied pictures. According to the Derry Journal, the crew is currently working around the historic ruin of St. Aidan’s Church and the Holy Well. Local gossip has it this is not the actual filming location, but merely a base station for the crew to work from. Actual filming (which is rumored to be taking place this Saturday) will occur on Binevenagh Mountain, the same area where the show filmed last season.
Locals are reportedly thrilled that Game of Thrones is returning to their area to film once more: “Game of Thrones was here last year filming, so it’s great to see what is a global sensation back here again. It’s no surprise, really, because of the wonderful scenery and the beautiful countryside. It is a beautiful setting. It’s perfect really. Once again it will put the area on the map global.”