While we eagerly await the return of Game of Thrones to our TV screens, writer Cat Taylor teases us with behind-the-scenes news on another pivotal event--another Royal Wedding, no less--that’ll take place in the upcoming season four.
We may have to wait a bit longer until we get our very first official peek at the fourth season of the hit HBO fantasy series, but at least our appetites are getting whetted with a few tantalizing details from the upcoming Royal Wedding—that of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and the Lady Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer).
Fans of A Song of Ice and Fire also know that scene by the name of the Purple Wedding … Here’s what Taylor had to say:
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.
Now, that should be quite a lavish spectacle to see! Are you looking forward to the Royal Wedding?