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Games of Thrones cast in near-miss after rockslide at Northern Ireland quarry

By Aoife Kelly

The Game of Thrones cast and crew are reported to have had a lucky escape recently during filming of the hit HBO show at Magheramorne Quarry.

A sudden rockslide caused by heavy rain led to disruption on the show's Castle Black set in Co Antrim.

The castle set is located at the bottom of the rockface, which is dressed with ice and extended with computer graphics to look like the wall from the books.

Entertainment Weekly reported that the rain disrupted the quarry's "seismic profile", causing the huge slide.

Producer Dan Weiss revealed: "Once people saw the small pebbles start to come down that turned into slightly larger pebbles, everybody made the group decision to immediately step away from the set."

Owen Teale, who plays Ser Alliser Thorne on the show, added: "A piece of rock the size of a London townhouse just fell."

Nobody was hurt in the incident, although it caused significant delays in filming on the show, which runs to an extremely tight filming schedule.

"Bernie (Caufield) and Chris (Newman, producers) already have the hardest scheduling job in the film and TV industry," said Weiss.

"And they had this thrown into the works too, which caused them to drastically reschedule the whole season on the fly. But they did it, and we got everything we needed in that quarry after it was seismically shored up and netted and proper protection measures were taken.

"It actually worked out for the best - some of the stuff we were shooting in that location benefited from the additional prep time the rockslide gave us."

Meanwhile, Emilia Clarke has insisted that Game of Thrones is not sexist.

The actress said it "ultimately shows women are not only equal, but have a lot of strength".

The fantasy series often receives criticism for its depiction of women.

But Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, said: "Yet that's what's beautiful about Game of Thrones - its depiction of women in so many different stages of development.

"It pains me to hear people taking Thrones out of context with anti-feminist spin.

"It shows the range that happens to women, and ultimately shows women are not only equal, but have a lot of strength."

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