It’s been a huge handful of days for news about Game of Thrones season 8. First, video of a major scene being filmed at Winterfell surfaced online. And then, just earlier today, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow) were spotted with members of the Game of Thrones crew in Iceland. Now, the news train continues. Keep reading for potential SPOILERS.
So Clarke and Harington were photographed in Iceland. Traditionally, Iceland has stood in for the lands beyond the Wall, on account of it having a lot of wintry landscapes. It was also used for scenes around Eastwatch in season 7. However, with the White Walkers now marching south and bringing winter with them, any part of Westeros could conceivably look like that, particularly the North. Keep that in mind as we move on.
Above, you can clearly see Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) and Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane). According to trufaxx’s contact on the ground, John Bradley (Sam Tarly), Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne) and Joe Dempsie (Gendry) were also there. Bradley may be the guy with his back to the camera in the above image, with Dempsie obscured behind him. And of course, Brienne doesn’t go anywhere without Podrick.
The big question is: where are they going? It’s possible they’re headed to or disembarking in Belfast, where much of the filming on the series is done, but assuming they’d be little reason for them to travel together — there are plenty of flights into Belfast. The more interesting idea is that they’re headed to Iceland to join Clarke and Harington for what is expected to be “a few days” of shooting. If Iceland is indeed standing in for the lands beyond the Wall, what would the likes of Jorah, Tormund, Gendry, Podrick, Brienne and Sam be doing there? Sam’s presence especially raises questions. And where are actors like Rory McCann (the Hound) and Richard Dormer (Beric Dondarrion), not to mention Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran) and Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm)?
Again, remember that Iceland may well now stand in for parts of the North, the White Walkers having spread the chill southward. What do you guys make of all this?
UPDATE: According to Icelandic outlet Vísir, the notion that this group was traveling to Iceland in the above picture was “not correct.” Still, we can keep hope alive.