A sudden rockslide left Game of Thrones cast and crew feeling lucky after a narrow escape during filming of the hit HBO show at Magheramorne Quarry.
The rockslide caused by heavy rain led to disruption on the show’s Castle Black set in Co Antrim – which stars some of Game of Throne’s most famous characters.
The castle set is located at the bottom of the rockface, which is dressed with ice and extended with computer graphics to look like the wall from the books.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the rain disrupted the quarry’s “seismic profile”, causing the huge slide.
Game of Throne’s Producer Dan Weiss revealed: “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.”
Owen Teale, who plays Ser Alliser Thorne on the show, added: “A piece of rock the size of a London townhouse just fell.”
Nobody was hurt in the incident, although it caused significant delays in filming on the show, which runs to an extremely tight filming schedule.
“Bernie Caufield and Chris Newman, (producers) already have the hardest scheduling job in the film and TV industry,” said Weiss.
“And they had this thrown into the works too, which caused them to drastically reschedule the whole season on the fly. 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.”