The hit HBO series Game of Thrones suffered an on-set drama while filming at Magheramorne Quarry, Northern Ireland, when heavy rain caused a sudden rockslide.
The show’s Castle Black set, which is filmed in Co Antrim, was majorly disrupted following the rockslide and startled the cast and crew.
The show has always faced challenges during filming given it’s numerous international locations, extensive cast and crew, and huge-budget action scenes. Weathering Northern Ireland’s rainy conditions is another obstacle when it comes to capturing the intense dynamics of the series .
Entertainment Weekly said the rain disrupted the quarry’s “seismic profile”, causing the massive slide.
“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.” Game of Throne’s Producer Dan Weiss revealed to Entertainment Weekly.
Owen Teale, who plays Ser Alliser Thorne on the show, said: “A piece of rock the size of a London townhouse just fell.”
Thankfully, no one was hurt but the incident initially threw a spanner in the works when it came to filming. Scenes have to be carefully planed far in advance and the disruption caused significant delays.
“Bernie Caufield and Chris Newman (producers) already have the hardest scheduling job in the film and TV industry and they had this thrown into the works too, which caused them to drastically reschedule the whole season on the fly.” Weiss added. “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 additional prep time the rockslide gave us.”
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