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Caves of Storm's End

TV show Game of Thrones (2011)
Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) wants more than anything to take the Iron Throne. However, many suitors stand in her way, including her own brother Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony). Then Melisandre (Carice van Houten), a witch from Asshai, gives birth to a shadow creature in the caves of Storm's End to help her eliminate the competition.
Cushendun Caves
Cushendun caves by Gilles Rolland.

“The night is dark and full of terrors…but the fire burns them all away.”

Melisandre (Carice van Houten)

Like many natural sites used in the Game of Thrones series, the Cushendun Caves have been “dressed up” to perfectly fit the specifications of the series. This is how Davos Mervault (Liam Cunningham) and Melisandre (Carice van Houten) reach the caves by boat. In fact, the site is quite accessible on foot. Nevertheless, with the exception of the scary creature to which Melisandre gives birth, the caves did not require the addition of digital effects to shine on the screen.

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The filming of this decisive scene, during which Melisandre reveals part of her powerful powers to a stunned Davos Mervault, saw the team set up deep in the Cushendun cave, near the village of the same name. Filmed at night, the sequence then encouraged the Northern Ireland government to place a sign at the entrance of the site to inform tourists, as is the case at all filming locations of the series in the country.

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In the series, Melisandre gives birth to a single child of the shadow, in the cave of Storm’s End. In the books, however, the red woman gives birth twice.

Cushendun Caves

Located in County Antrim in Northern Ireland, these caves gained worldwide notoriety thanks to the Game of Thrones series.

Very accessible, near the village of Cushendun, these caves border the beach and do not require any authorization to visit. Consisting of several cavities, one of which is very large, the site is nevertheless subject to the vagaries of the climate. The water entering the caves at the sandstone of the tides. They were formed by erosion. Their walls with irregular contours are inhabited by small molluscs. These cavities reveal almost all their mysteries on a clear day, when the light penetrates to the bottom and chases away the most disturbing shadows.

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By Gilles Rolland

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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