Filming Begins in Sibenik

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Filming in the town of Sibenik started Thursday, the 18th.  Several large names from Game of Thrones have been spotted on set filming in Sibenik – specifics of who was spotted on set will be below the break, for spoiler reasons.  Filming in the town of Sibenik will be going through the 23rd, with scenes being filmed at the Fortress of St. John.

Below are some images of the filming on set, captured by slobodnadlmacija.com, and originally spotted by Watchers on the Wall.  Now the images below will only contain the extras on set, to see any of the notable characters go below the break.

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For those of you curious what location Sibenik will be used for in the show, the answer is Braavos.  And that is the main reason why I consider some of the photos below the break to be spoilerish.  So be warned if you go below the break you will be seeing characters in Braavos, who at the end of season 4 were nowhere near Braavos.

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George R.R. Martin Coming to New York

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We’re just about a month away from the release of The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of ThronesGeorge’s newest book to hold us over until The Winds of Winter.  This time around it won’t be a short 25 page story like The Rogue Prince was (even though I still really enjoyed The Rogue Prince still).  This book will give us a full explanation of the imense history we have only been teased about in the A Song of Ice and Series. The book was also co-written by Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson, from Westeros.org.

And to make sure George keeps up on his writing he’ll only being making one stop in the U.S. to promote the book.  That stop will be on October 26, at the Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York.  For those of you who are willing to pay a minimum of $170 to see George live, you will also get a free signed copy of the book 2 days before its official release.  So if you are interested in buying tickets to the event click this link and pick our your seats before it’s all sold out.  For those of you who don’t quite have the money to spend on this event, don’t worry, the event will have a livestream for all of us to watch from home.

So are you planning on going to this event?  Let me know in the comments!  I know I want to, but unfortunately I don’t think I’ll be able to make it out there.

House of Black and White Props

Thanks to Reddit user PunchPatrolwe have a new look at some of the props that will be appearing in season 5.  The props we have are of two statues, which will be making an appearance in the House of Black and White.  The statues are of The Weeping Woman, and the Lion of Night.  These two statues represent Gods, whom are worshiped by some of the free cities in Essos.  The Weeping Woman, a god from Lyse, is  commonly visited by older women – The bowl in the hand of the Weeping Woman is filled by tears falling from her eyes.  The Lion of Night is commonly visited by wealthy men men, and is a god in Yi Ti.

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I’m curious because now that we know the show is deciding to stay true to show, with these statues at least, just what other Gods we may be seeing in the  House of Black and White. I assume we will see a statue for the Stranger, but could we also possibly see statues for Bakkalon or maybe even the Merling King?

Let me know your thoughts on the statues pictured above.  And what other Gods do you think we will be seeing in season 5?

Construction at Diocletian’s Palace

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Filming continues to roll on in Split, and with that so does the construction.  Some new sets are under construction at Diocletian’s Palace – some old, and some new.  The old set that will be brought back for season 5 is that of the chamber where Daenerys locked her two dragons Viserion, and Rhaegal.  The inclusion of this set for season 5 makes me very happy – I can’t say specifics why, but if you’ve read the books, you know why.

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The second set of photos has the makings of a market place, or possibly a tavern.  What exactly this set will be used for is still unclear at the moment.  From what we can see in these images it could lean either way, so I think we have to consider what scenes this set could be user for.  And when we take into consideration that this set will most likely be used for a Meereen scene, I still can’t quite decide whether or not it will be a market place, or a tavern.

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You can check out the rest of the photo gallery at split.com.hr!

So are you excited to be heading back into the dragon chamber?  And what do you think the second set of photos looks like, a tavern or a market place? Let me know your thoughts below.

One small bit of light spoilery news below the break.

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Myranda Returning for Season 5

Well it looks like Ramsay’s favorite girl, Myranda, will be returning for season 5 of Game of Thrones.  Now Myranda didn’t play a very large role in season 4, mainly only helping Ramsay hunt down and kill another of Ramsay’s Myranda-S4companions.  But her role in the this coming season may be increased.

According to the actresses CV she will be appearing in episodes directed by Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa, and David Nutter.  Now with this information we know she will be potentially appearing in the following episodes: 503, 504, 505, 506, 509, and 510.  Clearly with the potential of appearing in so many episodes we can assume her role in the show will be increased.

But what exactly could she be doing?  Well there’s a few possibility, but those will be listed below the break for spoiler reasons.

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House of Black and White Pictures

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Ever since the first images of the pillars in Split have appeared many people have been speculating what location this set would be representing in the show. With these new images, showing the doors painted half white and half black, we know that this duilovoset1-776x1024location will be representing Braavos.  And more specifically The House of Black and White, for those of you who know what that is (if you don’t know, don’t Google it).

These pictures, initially found by Watchers on the Wall, showing the black and white doors are good enough as a confirmation that this structure is The House of Black and White.  I think it looks fantastic, the pillars look just as grandiose as I had always expected The House of Black and White would.  I can’t wait to see this after that green screen is put to use and the visual effects have been applied.

Minor spoilers about a certain actor/actress (trying to be as vague as possible) spotted on set!

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Game of Thrones nabs a spot in the Guinness World Records Book

world-recordGame of Thrones has achieved many milestones in the year 2014.  It crushed The Sopranos as HBO’s most popular show, setting the scale high at an average of 18.4 million viewers per episode.  However, what this number did not include was the number of people who illegally watched each episode.  Game of Thrones been at the top of the lists for the most pirated show for quite some time now, averaging 5.9 million downloads per episode.   And with this chart topping number Game of Thrones has snatched a place in the 2015 Guinness World Records Book, as the most pirated TV program.

This is the first time HBO’s Game of Thrones has nabbed a spot in the Guinness World Records.  However the audio book edition of Game of Thrones took the Guinness Record for most characters voiced in an audio book – achieved by Roy Dotrice, preforming 224 unique characters.

So what other Guinness World Record do you think Game of Thrones has a chance of winning?

Hodor?

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In season 4 we left off with Bran, Hodor, and Meera reaching their destination and meeting two new characters the Three-Eyed Crow and Leaf.  Now it looks like their adventure may come to a rest, in a recent interview between Kristian Nairn and Monique Schafter, Kristian said something that has shocked us all:

Monique Schafter: Fans around the world are hungry for the next series of Game of Thrones, but they’ll have to be patient.

Kristian Nairn: We’re not actually in Season Five, by the way. We have a season off. We have a year’s hiatus.

Monique Schafter: Really?

Kristian Nairn: Solely because, I imagine, our story line is up to the end of the books. … So I get a year off now to do Rave of Thrones and gallivant all over the world.

Now Krisitan was vague when he said “we’re not actually in season five,” is he talking about all of Hodor’s companions.  If so this would be quite a strange path to take in season 5.  But I’ll talk about more about this below the break in the spoiler section.

In recent interview with Isaac Hempstead-Wright, the actor who plays Bran, he has not directly stated that his story line would be left out. But rather almost dodges the question, in terms of directly answering in relation to Bran and company.  This is what Isaac said in his interview with Collider:

Question: Isaac, are you excited for what is coming up on Game of Thrones?

Isaac Hempstead-Wright:  Yeah.  There’s certainly some more action stuff, rather than sitting down in various forests, all over Westeros.

Question: When do you start shooting the new season?

Isaac Hempstead-Wright:  They’re actually filming, at the moment.

Now for the spoiler section.  If you haven’t read through A Dance with Dragons stop reading here.

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Casting in Osuna

Casting for Game of Thrones extras started yesterday in Osuna, and will continue throughout today. Game of Thrones is looking to narrow the casting  down to a short list of 2,500 people (1,250 men and 1,250 women), and from there narrow it down further to 500 people who will actually make it onto set.

These extras will be filming in both Seville and or Osuna between October 10 and 29.  We know that Spain will be used for scenes in Dorne and Meereen.

The casting call was looking for men and women between the ages of 18 and 60, of all races. “Men with good (not bodybuilders) physical conditions,” with short and medium length hair.  It was also mentioned that the men should be prepared to grow or cut their facial hair.  As for the women, they were looking for thin women with long, uniform, hair.  No applicants could have green, red, violet, blue, pink, or any colored hair – apparently they were only looking for applicants with brunette hari.  Also no applicants with large visible tattoos were allowed.