Game of Thrones Season 5 Filming Finished, Actors Give Hints, and HBO‘s Streaming Service. The filming for HBO‘s Game of Thrones: Season 5 officially ended on December 12, 2014 in Belfast, Ireland. Sophie Turner recently spoke on video about a “traumatic” scene for Sansa Stark in Season 5. Maisie Williams gave clues in a recent interview about Ayra Stark’s dark storyline as well. Finally, HBO’s streaming service (think Netflix) will debut with the release of Game of Thrones: Season 5.
Tweets from production members of the Wolf and Dragon, Belfast-based units of the show heralded the end of filming:
Wolf wrap. ?
— katy. (@KatyTaylor89) December 12, 2014
— katy. (@KatyTaylor89) December 12, 2014
Sophie Turner on her character and Arya Stark in Game of Thrones: Season 5:
Maisie Williams on Arya Stark in Game of Thrones: Season 5:
As for the future of Arya Stark on Game of Thrones, Maisie reports, “There’s a big ending for Arya,” in season 5. “They’re basically breaking her down, and you get to see behind the cracks.”
She confirms in the interview that they are coming to the end of Arya’s book material, as she understands it. (The actress doesn’t read the books for now, to avoid getting confused about storylines.) “We’re coming to the end now, so I don’t know what they’re going to do next year,” Williams says. “It’s the end of Arya, as far as anyone knows.”
On HBO’s streaming service:
Forbes is reporting that an internal memo reveals that the as-of-now unnamed service will act independently from the cable-based streaming service, HBO Go. It will also be developed outside of HBO by MLB Advanced, a company best known for providing “white-label streaming technology for clients like WWE Network.”
A separate streaming software, known internally as Maui, which was being developed in-house has been sidelined; though it may eventually be rolled into HBO Go to help combat some of the issues that service has experienced in the past during high volume times. The memo, sent by Mark Thomas, SVP of Technology Program Management, and Drew Angeloff, SVP, Digital Products, explains the decision as one to ensure the quality of the product:
Maui was a way to get us into market faster with a less than perfect solution – the external partner will take that burden allowing us to focus on the forward looking technologies we are creating for HBO GO.
HBO’s streaming service is slated to make it’s debut in April 2015, seemingly to capitalize on the viewership boost that will come with the start of the new season of Game of Thrones.
We previously published these Game of Thrones: Season 5 articles:
Game of Thrones: Season 4’s cast included:
Cast regulars for the fourth season of GAME OF THRONES include: Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Charles Dance, Aidan Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Kit Harington, Diana Rigg, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Alfie Allen, Jerome Flynn, Conleth Hill, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Stephen Dillane, Natalie Dormer, Iain Glen, Kristofer Hivju, Sibel Kekilli, Rose Leslie, Rory McCann, Michael McElhatton, Iwan Rheon, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Carice van Houten.
Game of Thrones: Season 4’s additional cast members included: Yuri Kolokolnikov, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Lu Corfield, Paola Dionisotti, Hoji Fortuna, Mark Gatiss, Joseph Gatt, Rupert Vansittart, Dean-Charles Chapman, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Indira Varma, Pedro Pascal, Owen Teale, Andy Beckwith, Kate Dickie, Dominic Carter, Daniel Portman, Michiel Huisman, Ed Skrein, Joel Fry, Alisdair Simpson, Daniel Rabin, Jane McGrath, Deirdre Monaghan, Saffie Jacobs, and Sarine Sofair.
Game of Thrones: Season 5’s new cast members include: Alexander Siddig, Toby Sebastian, Nell Tiger Free, DeObia Oparei, Enzo Cilenti, Jessica Henwick, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Keisha Castle-Hughes, and Jonathan Pryce.
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