We’d heard that filming on House of the Dragon, HBO’s follow-up to Game of Thrones, was due to start soon, and now we may be getting the first on-set pics.
It all started the other day, when Cornwall Live reported that Warner Bros. filming trucks had been unloading near Penhale Camp near the village of Holywell in Cornwall, a region in the southwest of England. (HBO is a part of WarnerMedia.) Obviously, none of the crew members would confirm what they were there to film, but the timing alone will raise the antennas of Game of Thrones fans.
But the real kicker was on a nearby island called St Michael’s Mount, where the crew was constructing a stone archway that looks very much like something from Game of Thrones…or a Game of Thrones prequel series:
Incidentally, St Michael’s Mount is also home to a very scenic medieval castle that also gives off major Game of Thrones vibes:
I’d say this location would make a great Dragonstone if Game of Thrones hadn’t already established what it looked like, but then again, there’s no guarantee the filmmakers will be using the same sets for House of the Dragon.
The final piece of evidence is a casting call from earlier this month. It called for “men with longer hair and beards and women with long natural hair” for “a medieval drama” filming in Cornwall. Put that all together and I think we’re looking at the set for House of the Dragon. Granted, there’s no firm confirmation, but you can look at the evidence and judge for yourself.
House of the Dragon is about a brutal Targaryen family civil war that tore Westeros apart over 100 years before the start of the original show. If all goes well, it’ll premiere in 2022.