Winter is coming…as millions of Game Of Thrones fans know.

And the cast of the HBO fantasy series are gathering at Titanic Studios in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the hit show’s production hub, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Filming for the penultimate seventh season of the smash hit began on Monday.

Game of Thrones is back filming in Belfast

All the characters that survived the bloody war at the end of season six are set to return, including raised-from-the-dead Jon Snow, played by Kit Harrington.

Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister who now sits on the coveted Iron Throne and Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen, Mother Of Dragons, will also be back.

They will be joined by Oscar winner Jim Broadbent in a ‘significant’ role, although the producers have yet to reveal what it is.

Titanic Studios, Belfast

And fans are having trouble predicting who he will play as the HBO blockbuster has moved beyond author R.R. Martin’s A Song Of Ace And Fire series of novels that the drama is based on.

Aside from Northern Ireland, other locations set for the season include Spain and Iceland.

GOT is only shooting seven episodes for its seventh season, a cut from the show’s usual 10 hours, while the eighth will be made up of just six.

Directors on board include returning filmmakers Alan Taylor and Jeremy Podeswa.

Dark Hedges

Fans will have to wait until next summer to catch up with the happenings in the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos rather than its usual springtime bow.
Meanwhile, GOT is up for an amazing 23 primetime Emmys next month.

It has already won 26 primetime Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series in 2015, when it set a record for most wins for a series in a single year with 12 honours.

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