Tuesday 16 January 2018

'A piece of rock the size of a London townhouse just fell' - dangerous rockslide delayed filming on Game of Thrones Northern Ireland set

The Castle Black set on Game of Thrones
The Castle Black set on Game of Thrones
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Game of Thrones cast and crew had a lucky escape recently during filming of the hit HBO show in Northern Ireland.

A sudden rockslide caused by heavy rain caused disruption on the show's Castle Black set in Magheramorne Quarry.

The castle set is located at the bottom of the rockface.  This rockface is dressed with ice and extended with CGI to look like the wall.

Entertainment Weekly reports that that the rain disrupted the quarry's "seismic profile", causing the huge rockslide.

Showrunner Dan Weiss revealed, "Once people saw the small pebbles start to come down that turned into slightly larger pebbles, everybody made the group decision to immediately step away from the set."

Owen Teale, who plays Ser Alliser Thorne on the show, added, "A piece of rock the size of a London townhouse just fell."

Nobody was hurt in the incident although it caused significant delays in filming on the show which runs to an extremely tight filming schedule.

"Bernie [Caufield] and Chris [Newman, producers] already have hardest scheduling job in the film and TV industry," said Weiss.

"And they had this thrown into the works too, which caused them to drastically reschedule the whole season on the fly."

"But they did it, and we got everything we needed in that quarry after it was seismically shored up and netted and proper protection measures were taken. It actually worked out for the best – some of the stuff we were shooting in that location benefited from the addition prep time the rockslide gave us."

Game of Thrones season six arrives to Sky Atlantic on April 24.

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