Game of Thrones season 3 production news

News Louisa Mellor
27 Jun 2012 - 18:23

Game of Thrones’ third season starts filming in just a few weeks, and HBO has (sparingly) released some details about its plans…

It’s not much, admittedly, but those of us suffering from Game of Thrones withdrawal since the season 2 finale at least should welcome the news that season 3 is due to go into production in the next couple of weeks.

HBO has announced that the show’s cast and crew will be returning to their Belfast studio home in early July, after which they’ll be packing their bags for Iceland, which stood in for Mance Rayder territory North of the Wall, as well as Croatia, and - new for season 3 – Morocco (as Dorne perhaps?).

Show creators David Benioff and D.B Weiss will, naturally, be back as writers on the third season, joined by Bryan Cogman (Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things; What Is Dead May Never Die), Vanessa Taylor (Garden of Bones; The Old Gods and the New), and Westeros creator George R.R. Martin (The Pointy End; Blackwater) himself.

In terms of directors, regulars Dan Minahan, David Nutter and Alik Sakharov will all be back, but handing over to newcomer Alice Graves and Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead’s Michelle MacLaren for a couple of the series’ 10 episodes. Benioff and Weiss will also be making their directorial debuts in the third season. Whether Alan Taylor’s Thor 2 schedule will allow a return for season three is yet to be confirmed.

So that still leaves us without word of episode titles or more importantly, new casting, but with ten months until the new season comes to our screens, we imagine HBO will be eking out the big announcements for a good while yet…


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