More Observations From Set

Photo Credit: Helen Sloan

Photo Credit: Helen Sloan

Day 64: As the poet says, stone walls do not a prison make. Nowhere is this truer than television. We may write a scene with a character held in a tiny cell, but actual production has its own demands. Whenever you see a character onscreen, know that – just out of sight, behind the camera, off the edge of frame – lurk dozens of crew. And monitors. And cameras. And myriad other equipment without which there could be no show.

Thus, at one point today, we take two entire walls off our prison cell to better shoot our prisoner. As for the prisoner's identity – well, you'll just have wait...

Day 65: Even the shortest of takes can seem like forever, if you have to hold your breath and be completely still – like a corpse.


Costume Designer Michele Clapton Talks Hidden Messages in Metal and Outfitting an Army

Costume Designer Michele Clapton Talks Hidden Messages in Metal and Outfitting an Army

With Game of Thrones' Season 5 production well underway, costume designer Michele Clapton took a break from dressing Starks and Lannisters to participate in "Dressed to Kill: Arms and Armor From Medieval Knights to Game of Thrones," part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Spark Conversation Series.

Alongside artist Miya Ando and Pierre Terjanian, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Curator in Charge of the Department of Arms and Armor, Clapton discussed the unique and nuanced process of making armor for GoT. Below, you'll find Clapton's take on the many components she factors into her creative method.

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Dothraki 101: Learn and Pronounce Common Expressions

Dothraki 101: Learn and Pronounce Common Expressions

Looking for a conversation starter with your family this holiday season? Try speaking like a Dothraki horse lord. Linguist David J. Peterson recently released the conversational guide, Living Language Dothraki, designed to turn you fluent in fierce Dothraki warrior. Start practicing now with audio clips.

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Set Your Sights on Arya in Season 5

In the world of GoT, ravens carry messages … and prophecies. Now the Three-Eyed Raven brings you #TheSight, glimpses of the future of Game of Thrones. Get the power at ThreeEyedRaven.com and see the first vision below:


What do you hope for Arya next season? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments. Please avoid spoilers from the books. 

Safety First on Set

Photo Credit: Helen Sloan

Photo Credit: Helen Sloan

Day 61: Today we are shooting at our faithful brothel. Set discussions involve how many "naughties" should be arrayed across a couch versus how many on the floor. And whether we shouldn't see some period-appropriate prophylactics on hand (in a manner of speaking). Namely, sheep bladders or sheepskin sheaths. Sadly, our props department doesn't keep any of those in stock. Seriously… we asked.

The Dragon Has Four Heads

James Tea from the Greens Dept. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan

James Tea from the Greens Dept. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan

Day 47: Dragons are ornery creatures. Some days, no matter how hard you coax them, they just continue to not exist. On those days, our props department calls down fire and blood with a four-headed blowtorch. Like today. Did our Brian McGraw – a stand-by chargehand prop in the Dragon Unit – ever look down at the bones and earth he was scorching and silently roar, imagining his protective suit as scales and the fuel rig on his back as wings?

Probably not. He was busy enough trying not to cook his legs. Or anything else down there.