When you have a show that is as ambitious — and sprawls as many different locations — as “Game of Thrones,” there are really a number of different ways in which filming can be done. You can try to keep things on an episode-by-episode basis, and while this is great for allowing the story to build over time, it does also mean that you are doing a great deal of traveling. As for the other option, it means filming all storylines in blocks so that filming can be as efficient as humanly possible, and you are not keeping actors on call for as long of a stretch of time.
At the moment, it seems to be as though there is evidence of the latter happening when it comes to the show filming season 3. As sources tell show site Winter Is Coming, there are three filming units currently in Northern Ireland, with each presumably shooting different parts of the story. This is a difficult undertaking to pull off, but this makes a great deal of sense alongside a Twitter message from actor Phillip McGinley (who is playing Anguy) saying that he has already finished his work on the show. Some other evidence of this? We know that filming in other countries has really yet to happen, as Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie were spotted out recently on what appears to be a dinner date in London. (The two actors actually shoot most of their scenes in Iceland for the time being.) Meanwhile, there hasn’t been any talk about Emilia Clarke being in Morocco (where Dany’s scenes will be filmed for much of season 3).
As for how any of this impacts how you view the show, here’s to hoping that we won’t even notice a difference — in reality, it is something to be appreciated if the show is really filming this way since it is budget-conscious and will enable them to do more with the scenes and locations that they do have.
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