Filming for Game of Thrones season 2 is in full swing. This week marked the filming of a scene set early on in the season, featuring Melisandre (Carice van Houten), Stannis (Stephen Dillane), and Davos (Liam Cunningham). Unfortunately, no photos of those three in costume have been released yet. We do, however, have some pretty cool photos for the centerpiece of that scene.
The Seven are the predominant Gods of Westeros. Not to get too deep into the theology of it all, but their followers believe that they are various aspects of the same god. There's the Father, the Mother, the Warrior, the Maiden, the Smith, the Crone, and the Stranger (who represents Death). Melisandre, a proponent of a different faith altogether (she worships R'hllor, the god of light), convinces Stannis to burn the statues of the Seven from his home, Dragonstone. What she pulls from the flames will indeed be an interesting sight (we'll leave that unspoiled).
The statues of the Seven have been spotted on a beach in Castlerock, Northern Ireland, all rigged up with pyrotechnics. "They have put up spaced out posts (with gas lines running to each post) into what will be the sea as I know it will be an ebb tide when they are filming," wrote onlooker Amanda Killen on her Flickr page. Killen took the photo on the above right. "I also know the backs come off the statues and they have all kinds of electrical stuff in them."
Actress Carice van Houten has since confirmed that the filming has taken place, and that these statues have been burned. More filming for the scene is reported to be taking place over the next several days.
Jackie O. Gillespie, another Flickr user, has posted some more photos of the seven being brought in and positioned on the beach. We've picked out our favorites and posted them below; you can find the rest on Gillespie's Flickr page.