Gory Game of Thrones scene filmed at well-known beauty spot Ballintoy beach
Published 14/10/2013 | 01:30
Game of Thrones fans should avert their eyes now to avoid falling victim to any potential season four spoilers.
Our intrepid snappers managed to catch some of the cast and crew of the fantasy drama filming a scene in Ballintoy Harbour, Co Antrim, in the wee hours of Thursday morning last week.
The sinister images portray three people being burned on stakes while a crowd looks on, a taster of what is to come in the upcoming series which will premier next year.
Those who thought the last series which aired here in the spring was gory should prepare themselves for even more bloodshed, death and darkness, according to hardcore fans who have read the Song of Ice and Fire books the series is based on.
"The last series ended with The Red Wedding which saw most of the Stark family being massacred.
"There will surely be a backlash from that so I am expecting this next series to be very dark with a lot of the main characters dying.
"Also, I've heard that the author, RR Martin, has written the upcoming Purple Wedding episode which will will apparently be just as memorable as the Red Wedding.
"Having seen the photographs from the set, it is hard to say why people are being burned at the stake – it could be connected to a character called Melisandre going to the wall of ice that separates the north and south of Westeros," said avid Game of Thrones fan Bill Smyth.
It is not the first time the series has chosen the picturesque village as a film location.
In series two it was used for the town of Lordsport.
Northern Ireland has provided the backdrop to all the Game of Thrones' seasons since filming began in 2010.
HBO executive vice-president Jay Roewe hailed our local film sector and said Northern Ireland is now firmly on the radar of many major US production companies as a result of the hugely successful fantasy series.
Speaking at an investment conference in Belfast yesterday, Mr Roewe said: "I can tell you unequivocally right now people are already asking us about Northern Ireland.
"They have already made enquiries as to how it's going for us here and it's on the radar, so the word is already getting out.
"Among the things we are bringing to Northern Ireland by shooting Game Of Thrones here is an opportunity for people to work on a world-class production and we are used to working with the top film-makers in the world and we have brought those people here."
He added: "We hope to be here for a long period of time.
"We look forward to making more seasons of Game Of Thrones."
Some Northern Ireland locations that have provided the backdrop to Game of Thrones scenes include: Castle Ward, Inch Abbey and Tollymore Forest Park in County Down as well as Cairncastle, Shane's Castle and Cushendun caves in County Antrim. More County Antrim locations include the Dark Hedges, Carrick-a-Rede and Magheramorne Quarry. The Marble Arch caves in County Fermanagh were used as a filming location in season three. Filming for the hugely popular series also takes place at the Paint Hall studio in Belfast.