Game of Thrones Season 7 Set Photos Tease an Epic Dragon Battle
Ever since early September, Game of Thrones Season 7 has been in production, but this epic shoot is about to come to a close. Production in Spain, Croatia and Iceland has wrapped, with filming expected to completely finish on this penultimate season in about a month. With the remainder of the shoot expected to be held within the confines of studios such as Belfast's Titanic Studios, there may not be many more photos from the set that will emerge, but today we have two more images that hint at an epic dragon battle at some point this season. There may be potential SPOILERS if you haven't caught up with Game of Thrones yet, so read on at your own risk.
Watchers on the Wall was sent two photos from outside of Titanic Studios in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the show's production hub, from a Belfast local named Kevin Patterson. The first shot was taken outside in the parking lot of Titanic Studios, where a massive green screen is seen along with "horses, smoke & dothraki weapons," although no actors were seen. The second photo is much more intriguing, taken outside of Titanic Studios, which features an "enormous green block with climbing holds," which Kevin Patterson speculates will be used as part of a dragon. It's possible that this green block will be used in shots where Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) will be riding atop one of her dragons, but that has yet to be confirmed.
The first photo also shows that the production has spread plenty of soil on the pavement, likely since pavement doesn't mesh with the medieval look of the series. As for the green screen dragon block, the site speculates that this may be used for a "VFX-focused follow-up" to the show's month-long shoot in Malpardita, Spain. This location was used for what is believed to be an intense battle scene between Daenerys Targaryen and Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Since Dany is believed to be riding a dragon throughout this whole battle, she wasn't seen much in the scenes that were shot on the ground. This shoot at Titanic Studios is likely where Emilia Clarke will shoot her dragon-riding scenes, along with "VFX-heavy stunts involving mounted Dothraki."
With the shoot wrapping up within a month, it's possible this could be one of this season's climactic and epic battles. We already know that Game of Thrones Season 7 will be much shorter, spanning seven episodes long. The show also had to push its production schedule by several months, since, after six seasons, winter has finally arrived in Westeros, and the show was in need of colder climates to film in. The later production start has pushed Game of Thrones Season 7 to a Summer 2017 premiere, although HBO has yet to release an official premiere date at this time. With filming coming to a close, that announcement may be coming sooner than later.
HBO hasn't revealed any story details thus far, and since the show has already surpassed the events portrayed in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels, fans have very little to go on. The end of Season 6 helped set up the final two seasons, with all of the main characters finally all heading back to Westeros, with Dany seen setting sail with her massive fleet and Dothraki army to stake her claim to the Iron Throne. The Stark siblings will most likely reunite as well, now that Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) have taken back Winterfell from the nefarious Bolton clan, with Jon being named King of the North. After spending the past two seasons across the Narrow Sea in Braavos, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) finally returned home to Westeros, popping up unexpectedly in the season finale, using her training from Jaquen H'gar (Tom Wlaschiha) to kill Walder Frey (David Bradley), the man responsible for setting up the Red Wedding. And finally, Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) was last seen on the other side of The Wall, after being guided there by the long-missing Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle). While we wait for the first trailer to arrive, take a look at the latest Game of Thrones set photos below.