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Bear Time

Game of Thrones Just Got More A Lot More Bearable


When I say “Game of Thrones has cast a bear,” I don’t mean one of the Mormont ladies from Bear Island, which is where my brain went when I read the headline “‘Game of Thrones’ add 5th country, casts bear” on EW.com. Hey, I’m looking forward to the Bear Island women. They’re awesome.

But no. When I say “Game of Thrones has cast a bear,” I mean Game of Thrones has cast an actual bear. Plus they’re filming part of season three in Los Angeles, just in case any West Coast GoT fans want to stop by and try to meet the show’s newest cast member. Or, y’know, any of the human people, too. (Pah! Humans.)

The bear in question is named Bart the Bear II, named for the original Bart the Bear, Hollywood’s bear actor of choice until he passed away in 2000. If you’ve read the book you should remember where and how Bart Jr. is going to rear his head. (If you need a reminder, four words: Brienne. Jaime. Bear pit.)

That scene will be shot in Los Angeles, which now joins Morocco, Iceland, Croatia, and Northern Island on the list of Game of Thrones’ shooting locations. Said showrunner David Benioff, “For the first time, we’re flying actors to L.A. So it ends up being five countries and three units this year. It’s just exploded.”

Yeah, like Stannis’ fleet during the Battle of Blackwater. HEY-O!

(via: EW.com)

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  • http://wrongsirwrong.blogspot.com/ Magic Xylophone

    That scene’s gonna be amazing.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    You thlew my bear!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sophie-Ag/100000041488122 Sophie Ag

    Should I read the books before

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sophie-Ag/100000041488122 Sophie Ag

    Should I read the books before I watch the series? I’ve read one book but gave up on the second. Is it worth another go?

  • http://www.facebook.com/derek.j.goodman Derek J. Goodman

    That’s disappointing. Here I was hoping they were going to film actual scenes from “The Bear and the Maiden Fair.”

  • Emma Baker

    Yes. Do it. Read it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anatasia.beaverhousen.7 Anatasia Beaverhousen

    I really want to snuggle the bear in the picture, without it eating my face that is.

  • MT

    A bear, A bear, A bear and the maiden fair!

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • Elisa Redmond

    um, I think you mean Northern IRELAND… ;)

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Not necessary. The show is more explicit about what the book implies, but the book covers a lot of back story the show doesn’t have room for.

    And they are different enough that I don’t feel spoiled about the story at all. I watched the first two seasons, then read the first four books. I know what’s coming next season, but I am still excited as hell for it.

    I’d say watch the first two seasons, if that doesn’t make you want to pick up the second book, it’s probably not for you. Just don’t try and pick up with the third book after only watching the show, you will be confused.