On Monday, March 17 SpoilerTV posted a behind the scenes video from the upcoming fourth season of "Game of Thrones," which features footage of the crew preparing the sets for each new episode. The footage includes spoilers for the upcoming season as well as interviews with cast members and series producers.
The three minute video features footage of the series filming in Belfast and how the different locations are prepared before filming. Northern Ireland is the filming location for all the scenes at the Wall or involving the Crows or the Wildlings. Robert Boake, the location manager on the series, talks about the increased scope of the series from season to season and how sets have been built for long term filming instead of moving from place to place.
There are shots of Castle Black being constructed, workers painting and dressing sets for towns and buildings which will be reused for a variety of scenes. The series created the Red Keep Forge in a massive underground room for several scenes. The Castle Black set was part of an actual castle the production found and all the scenes north of the Wall needed heavy dressing to include snow and other weather related issues, so minimal computer generated imaging was needed.
Filming on location brings its own challenges, with high winds streaming across the valleys used for filming. The heavy rains cause puddles which makes filming difficult and causes lengthy delays. Owen Teale, who plays Alliser Thorne mentioned that the world of Westeros is "the northern edge of civilization" and "it's rough and it's grim" so the filming locations are fitting.
"Game of Thrones" will return with a ten episode fourth season on Sunday, April 6 at 9 p.m. on HBO. The events of the fourth season will cover the second half of "A Storm of Swords," the third book in the series by George R. R. Martin. The budget for each season increases and with it the scale of the sets also increases.
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