We’re still a year away from the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones premiering on TV but we’re seeing a somewhat steady stream of offseason news filtering out as the show continues filming. I wouldn’t really classify anything ahead as a ‘spoiler’ because we don’t know too many details aside from the parameters of filming the battle sequence, so if you’re worried about spoilers then you can rest easy.
In a now deleted social media post, assistant director Jonathan Quinlan posted a picture of his ‘thank you’ to the cast for filming what was the longest battle sequence in Game of Thrones series history. It took them nearly two months of filming in freezing temperatures according to the text, and I think we can all infer some details about where and what they might’ve been filming based on what he had to say:
via Watchers on the Wall:
The largest battle sequence ever in Game of Thrones has finally come to a close, after months of night shoots at the Moneyglass set in Toome and the Magheramorne green screen set. The multi-purpose Magheramorne set may yet be used for other scenes, but this latest battle of Winterfell is over—though we won’t get to see for another year.
The funny, heartfelt note cites “the cold, the snow, the rain, the mud, the sheep shit of Toome”, in reference to the Winterfell set in Moneyglass, Toome; as well as “the winds of Magheramorne.” In the caption below the photo, Quinlan helpfully added: “Says it all. 55 consecutive nights. 11 weeks. 3 locations. You’ll never again see anything like it.” (via)
I’m legitimately shocked that an assistant director would post something like this on his public social media (before deleting quickly) because of the show’s runners being so secretive about every tiny detail. But, it’s not like this is without precedent. There have been all sorts of leaked photographs and theories which have made their way off the set this offseason. Recently, an HBO exec dropped some bombs about which characters might be headed for the afterlife.
I don’t want to make too many assumptions about the image above but I think we know that it involves a cooler climate and a grueling battle, so I’ll let you make your inferences based on that.