Cameras roll again in Belfast for Game Of Thrones
HBO's multi-million pound medieval fantasy romp Game Of Thrones has returned to its original base at the Paint Hall in Belfast.
Filming on the second series of the Emmy-nominated drama began in Northern Ireland last month, with scenes shot on location at Saintfield in Co Down.
But cast and crew relocated to the huge Paint Hall in the Titanic Quarter, where production got under way yesterday.
The Paint Hall was the headquarters last year for series one of Game Of Thrones, based on the novels A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R R Martin.
The roads around the Paint Hall were sealed off yesterday as shooting began on the closed set. Filming is also due to take place at various other locations outside Belfast this month, including Ballintoy Harbour in Co Antrim.
However, Game Of Thrones producers David Benioff and DB Weiss have confirmed they will be taking a break from shooting to attend the Emmy Awards in the US in September after the series received 13 nominations, including ones for casting, costume, directing and outstanding supporting actor for Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister.
The pair were in Belfast when they were told of the nominations.
Benioff told Access Hollywood: “We’ve never, ever been, so we’ve gotta go.”
While several familiar faces from season one will not be returning this series, including Sean Bean's character Ned Stark who met a sticky end in series one, many new cast members have been announced, including Irish actors Liam Cunningham and Michael McElhatton.
Benioff and Weiss refused to divulge plot details, but confirmed there would be bloodshed.