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Game of Thrones Westeros Watch: Latest news, sightings and gossip as the cast films Season 6 in Northern Ireland

The stars of Games of Thrones have descended upon Northern Ireland once again to film Season 6, sending social media into a frenzy of gossip and speculation

By Claire Cromie

Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams have all been spotted in Belfast as they returned to the home of Game of Thrones production, while sightings of Kit Harington put Jon Snow theorists into overdrive.

With filming taking place at locations across the province (recent scenes have been shot in Moneyglass, Magilligan and on Binevenagh Mountain)we'll to keep you up-to-date with all the latest camera action...


Biggest Jon Snow spoiler yet?

Sep 26: Kit Harington has been spotted filming on a "remote Northern Ireland hilltop", according to these pictures on MailOnline - and he isn't wearing his Night's Watch armour.

Fans have suggested Snow is dressed in Stark armour, adding yet more fuel to the theories his character is still alive in the upcoming series.

House Tully castle

Sep 24: A castle appears to have been constructed on set in Corbet, near Banbridge. Instagram user Jamcall published photos showing a trout over the entrance to the castle- the sigil of House Tully of Riverrun.

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Reigning the Emmys

Sept 21: Game of Thrones has had a record-breaking haul at the 2015 Emmys, picking up 12 awards. Go Team GoT!

Actor Peter Dinklage, winner of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for 'Game of Thrones', poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


'Massive' battle scene

Sep 10: A "massive" battle scene is being filmed in Saintfield, just south of Belfast, according to Watchers on the Wall. It's reported to be part of episode nine, with "many northern armies" fighting a battle between the Boltons and the Wildlings. And guess who was spotted at this film location? Mr Harington.

Another Kit slip

Sep 8: Kit Harington, 28, has told Belgium magazine Humo he'll be in his thirties before Games of Thrones is finished with him. Two years, you say...

Is the Hound alive?

Aug 24: Sandor Clegane aka The Hound appeared to die on the side of a hill in season 4 following a duel with Brienne of Tarth.

But we never actually saw him pass away. According to watchers on the Wal,  actor Rory McCann was spotted at a hotel in Belfast often used by HBO and GOT cast during filming this week.

Meanwhile Osha (Natalia Tena) and Rickon (Art Parkinson) have also been spotted in Belfast.

Ayra Stark in Carnlough

Aug 17: Maisie Williams, who plays Ayra Stark on Game of Thrones, is filmed during a water scene for the new series on August 17, 2015 in Carnlough, Northern Ireland. View the photos here

'Smoke' seen billowing from 'The Wall'

Aug 12: New set photos courtesy of Watchers on the Wall of the show filming in Magheramore, which is the set of Castle Black. Smoke billowing from near the bottom of 'The Wall' are making people think it's Jon Snow's funeral

Traitor in town

Aug 10: Tweeter @Lilleyjnr has spotted Owen Teale, who plays the mutineer Alliser Thorne on Belfast's Botanic Avenue. T'was he who uttered the fatal words "for the Watch" after sticking the first knife into Jon Snow.

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Alliser Thorne

Ned returns... sort of

Aug 9: Producers have reportedly cast a young Ned Stark  - English actor Sebastian Croft (13). There was no question of Sean Bean's demise in Season 1 so flashbacks are the most likely scenes we can expect.

Snow chance, mate

Aug 8: Kit Harington remains in town - he was seen drinking in Belfast cocktail bar Sixty6 (man bun intact) but refused photo ops with fans. Is there anyone left in Northern Ireland who hasn't stumbled across Jon Snow?

Bran is back

Aug 5: Bran Stark was conspicuous by his absence throughout Season 5. But the actor Isaac Hempstead Wright is back filming in Belfast, and has hanging out with Hodor aka Kristian Nairn:



Aug 4: @IrishThrones says production will return to Ballintoy harbour on the north coast in the coming weeks. The picturesque spot is the setting for the Iron Islands, so perhaps we can expect more horrors to come from House Greyjoy.

Eight seasons

Jul 31: HBO says Game of Thrones will now run to at least eight seasons - fantastic news for both fans of the show and Northern Ireland's film industry.

The Wall to stay?

Jul 30: The colossal Game Of Thrones ice wall could become a permanent fixture in Northern Ireland. The wall is actually a disused cement works in Co Antrim and local councillors want HBO to leave the set behind once filming ends as a tourist attraction.

Jon Snow lives...

Jul 29: Kit Harington has been pictured in Belfast restaurant Home by a French tourist.

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Harington (he has long hair!) was hanging out with Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays Daenerys Targaryen’s right hand woman Missandei.

Does this mean Jon Snow is alive? More on that can of worms here.

Jul 28: He was also spotted by Jan Gilmore in Banbridge, where filming also takes place in the Linen Mill Studios.

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Magilligan set photos

Jul 27: The first set photos emerge from Season 6 filming in Magilligan, Co Londonderry, showing what appears to be a number of foot soldiers and someone on horseback.

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Many are speculating that the pictured scene features Aidan Gillen’s Petyr Baelish, as this location has previously been used in scenes set in the Vale. However the area was previously where Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Drogon ended up at in the finale to Season 5, shortly before they were found by a huge group of Dothraki.

They're back!

Jul 21: Mother of Dragons Emilia Clarke was the first cast member to tell us Season 6 was off to a start when she shared this selfie with Nathalie Emmanuel as they touched down at Belfast International Airport.

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After reading the Season 6 scripts, Clarke said the show will go from "shocking moment to shocking moment".

"It’s mental; it’s epic. And definitely Dany’s a part of it."

Until then, we'll keep reading into what exactly went down in that Season 5 finale...


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