‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2 Featurette: The Irish Countryside of Westeros

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Game of Thrones Season 2 Behind the scenes video Game of Thrones Season 2 Featurette: The Irish Countryside of Westeros





Today we have news on the second season of Game of Thrones, HBO’s Golden Globe-nominated television adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s popular fantasy series.

Season One of HBO’s break out hit was filled with intrigue, adventure, beautiful women, dashing men, and a turn by Golden Globe nominee Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent) as the irascible yet lovable imp, Tyrion Lannister. It also included controversial moments of incest, child murder, brother-sister love and the eventual shocking (and some would say infuriating) beheading of the show’s star, Sean Bean.

Unsurprisingly, expectations are incredibly high for season two. How will show-runner David Bennioff and his team top  the excitement and double-dealing of last season? Well, to tide us rabid viewers over, HBO has set up a production diary to keep fans informed.

The whole Game of Thrones production has moved to Northern Ireland in an effort to obtain the harsh wind-swept scale of the books’ locations. From the featurette seen below, we learn from Mr. Benioff that the vastness of the region suited the production perfectly, although reaching some of the ideal spots proved a bit tricky. Location Manager Robert Boake speaks glowingly of the fact that amazing locations were within a quick car drive of Belfast. Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) tells us of how “vast the locations are as well.

Jaime Lannister, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau agrees that the new locations “look amazing.”  And judging from the video, the setting couldn’t be any more beautiful or appropriate.  Check out the featurette and judge for yourself:

Northern Ireland looks like the perfect stage to bring the worlds of Westeros to life onscreen.

Games of Thrones returns to HBO in April 2012

Source: HBO



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  1. Is there any concern that as the series moves forward, the cost of producing it will exceed the value it has for HBO? I’m only on book 4 but as the characters spread further apart, and more characters are added, and more CGI is needed, it seems like it could be a problem.

    • I have to second that concern. Everybody gets scattered later on. I don’t know how they’re going to show Mereen and Bravos. The architecture alone has to be CGI not to mention the dragons.

    • I agree it could become too expensive but my bigger concern is that if they continue to make one book a year the actors that play the characters will get too old too fast and changing actors for characters would be a big mistake

      • I would have to agree with that. I’m on book 3 and the story just keeps getting more and more complex. I think they only way they could get around the aging issue is to film the seasons all at once, but then you are really talking a lot of money, which goes to the first commenter’s point – will this just be too expensive to keep making.

        • Is it book 3 they have talked about splitting into two seasons (but filmed back-to-back)?

        • The show varies from the book in reguards to the characters ages, almost all the chilren including the boy king joffrey have their ages changed in the tv show vs the books. the age of the characters will not be a prob IMO. maybe arya while she is pretending to be a boy but thats the only prob i see.

      • I wouldn’t worry about the actors aging too much as each book is 1-3 years of the character’s lives.

  2. In GRRM and D&D we trust.

  3. fair play to them coming to Ireland, Ireland has some amazing places and scenery, the west Of Ireland is mind blowing, down in Co Clair the cliffs of Moher,, Killarney the lakes, the mountains, everything is in ireland, the world has not seen it fully, Ireland is a gem of a place to film any of this genre of knights, kings and great big ancient battles of old times and of myth and legend. The many little towns in ireland where folk have great and awesome lively and down to earth manner and are friendly. Any film crew would be delighted and looked after by us irish. WE love our films, I hope to see more fantasy stuff made here,, or anything really as long as its good,

    the scenery of ireland is incredible I forgot to mention places like Cork, and the Rock of Cashel, are awesome to and with Cork you have the bay and the sea and its town and its great spirit, also Galway too a great place,, and there is so many places a film crew would love here, they’d have a field day with locations for scenes,, then as you go east wexford (where Saving Private Ryan was famously filmed), wexford is great the home of JFK,, and then up to Dublin , which has everything a scene needs if its K nights and soldiers, etc it has it all, and if a film crew want lovely mountains, lakes sacred places of beauty and deep splender then check wicklow and the ancient site of Glendalough where St Kevin found one of a monastic community and the scenery is all there old ancient ruins round tower and all ,, and the lakes are mind blowing,, also in Dublin there is great wit, and laughter and friendly good spirit with us DUbs we have one of the biggest parks in europe its massive, it could be ideal for location filming too ,, also kildare the site of important ancient ireland too,, I could Go on,, check it out on line,, I love me films and when i read about the game of thrones being filmed in ireland i was so delighted, all the best sorry if my post sounded like a tourist board ,, all the best dvy

  4. Loved the travel info — have always said that Ireland is God showing off. Back to Games I so hope they keep going. These are epic and expensive but it is thrilling TV.