‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4: Go Behind the Scenes of the “Purple Wedding”
HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones‘ hit a high note in season 3’s Red Wedding episode “The Rains of Castamere,” but will season 4 fare any better when it hosts yet another set of nuptials? King Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell are next in line to walk down the aisle in ‘Game of Thrones,’ and we’ve got an inside look at the “Purple Wedding” to come in 2014!
Though we wouldn’t dream of giving away any spoilers from the event itself (you can find them online, or in the books available for 13 years now) an HBO production blog gave a detailed insight into preparation for the scene, as well as hints of what’s to come when the “Purple Wedding” episode airs in 2014:
While the ceremony itself was filmed in one of our semi-permanent sets in Belfast, the Sept of Baelor, the reception was filmed in a beautiful outdoor set located in Parc Gradac in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The park was transformed by our new Production Designer, Deb Riley, and her team into everything you might desire from a Royal Wedding carnival, with elaborate decorations, an epic feast and the most creative and unexpected forms of entertainment for the guests.
Filmed over a five day stretch, we waited with bated breath each day for the clouds to roll in and dampen our fun. Weather reports suggested imminent downpours at the end of the week, and only a few days before, water funnels had formed off the coast in the height of a rain storm. Aside from one short and dramatic burst where Costume scrambled to get all the extras under cover and everyone rushed to protect props, we were spared the worst of the predictions.
In terms of principal cast members in attendance, the Royal Wedding was one of the largest scenes we’ve filmed since the premiere season, with 23 named parts appearing on any given day. In addition, we were delighted to welcome 218 extras as guests to the event, some of them travelling from the other side of Europe and the United States to be a part of the experience. Lookout for some familiar faces in the crowds – Pixie Le Knot is back this year, and one of our crew makes an appearance with the entertainers.
While we wait for ‘Game of Thrones’ season 4, HBO has cast in known roles Joel Fry as Hizdahr zo Loraq, Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Mace Tyrell, Pedro Pascal as Prince Oberyn Martell, Indira Varma as Oberyn’s lover Ellaria Sand, Yuri Kolokolnikov as Styr, Magnar of Thenn, and ‘Sherlock’ star Mark Gatiss as Tycho Nestoris. ‘Treme”s Michiel Huisman will replace Ed Skrein as Daario Naharis, and Hafthor Julius Bjornsson will take over the role of Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane from Ian Whyte, among other recastings.
Well, what say you? Which of ‘Game of Thrones’ season 4’s book events are most looking forward to see? Will Joffrey’s wedding turn out every bit as bloody as Edmure Tully’s? Give us your predictions in the comments!