It is the news fans have been waiting for since the finale of Game Of Thrones season 6. Filming for season 7 has officially kicked off in Belfast, Northern Ireland from Monday (29 August). Comic Book claims that apart from locations in the UK, the production crew is adding new locales including Spain and Iceland.
Production for the seventh season was delayed for a month as traditionally HBO begins GoT filming during July every year. The delay in production is largely credited to the theme of season 7 – A dark winter. Major cast sightings are expected in and around the location. So far Lena Heady (Cersei) and Hafþór Björnsson (The Mountain) have been spotted in the city.
While Heady was clicked by a fan, Björnsson shared a picture wearing scary eye makeup. "I've never been this hung over in my life. Just kidding. great work as always by the makeup crew behind the scenes," he captioned the image.
Lord Petyr Baelish aka Little Finger was also spotted in Belfast. A fan shared the image on his Instagram account. Maisie Williams has already hinted at her arrival in Boojum, Belfast. John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) was also pictured by a fan in the city. However, Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) are yet to be seen at the filming location.
Previously, Jason Momoa was spotted in the city along with the show's creators David Benioff and DB Weiss, sparking rumours that he might return to the HBO fantasy series to reprise his role of Khal Drogo.
The penultimate season will only have seven episodes but the drama quotient in Westeros is expected to go up as Cersei Lannister, Daenerys Stormborn and Jon Snow are ready to face their fate.
New characters are set to end the second last season of GoT. Jim Broadbent is rumoured to play a "significant role" in season 7. A leaked description of Broadbent's character claims he will play the role of a "venerable priest with moral authority and gravitas" who also has a "characterful face."
Game Of Thrones season 7 is expected to premiere in summer 2017.