Across the (Narrow) Sea

By Cat Taylor

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For the ‘Game of Thrones’ crew, every year is a different type of adventure. This year, the Dragons took care of Iceland and the Wolves invaded Croatia for the better part of six weeks. Splitting filming time between Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian coastal town of Split, we caught up with Daenerys’ story in Slaver’s Bay after her spectacular victory at Yunkai, along with the new armies she commands. Then it was across the sea to the red-stone walls of King’s Landing and all the drama that continues to play out on the great stage that is Joffrey’s court.

While there are some specific locations we can’t confirm for security reasons, it was amazing to be able to see so many places in such a beautiful country in such a unique way. The back streets of Old Town and the coastal hotels redressed into fortresses were a sight to see… And it’s not every day you have to cut because someone is doing speedboat tricks in the background of your scene. (Seriously.)

While we did cut Morocco out of the schedule and reduce our country count to three, that hasn’t stopped us from establishing a new show record. Thanks to the splinter units, we actually managed to film four separate episodes simultaneously. That’s two directors, filming separate episodes in two different countries, all on the same day.

What’s it take to become such masters of efficiency? Caffeine, sugar … and every AD available in Northern Ireland.