In the last season of ‘Game of Thrones’, fans of HBO’s hit fantasy drama based on George R.R. Martin’s popular book series were invited to a wedding unlike any other on television. Referred to as the “Red Wedding”, this event absolutely ravaged the emotions of the show’s viewers. But in the upcoming fourth season, there seems to be yet another wedding on the horizon that the fandom should probably brace themselves for.
Earlier this year, Martin discussed the “Purple Wedding’, which involves the joining in matrimony of Margaery Tyrell and King Joffery Baratheon. He briefly talked of the festivities and shared some pretty vague details in the interview so as to not give anything away. Now, in a new interview with writer Cat Taylor, we get some behind the scenes news about the pivotal event featuring Natalie Dormer and Jack Gleeson’s characters, including some facts and figures about who will be involved in the scene:
“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 rainstorm. 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 traveling 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.”
Despite not getting any new information about what’s being teased as the social event of the season (at least in Westeros), Taylor did share some interesting tidbits. For example, I’m quite curious about which named characters are on the guest list for the ceremony. Fans who already went ahead and read the books could probably shed some light on this situation, but let’s not go spoiling anything, shall we?
So, for those of you who haven’t read the books yet, what are you expecting out of the Purple Wedding? Do you sense more death and suffering in store for the newlyweds and/or their guests like with the Red Wedding? And based on these new descriptions of the preparations, how lavish and extravagant do you picture this event being? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.
‘Game of Thrones’ returns to HBO in spring of 2014.