House Of The Dragon FIRST LOOK: Aerial shots of Leavesden Studios reveal the iconic Winterfell Castle and Weirwood Tree will feature in the hotly-anticipated Game Of Thrones prequel  

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  • Aerial shots taken over Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire show a spectacular construction of Winterfell Castle, which played a key role in the fantasy mega-hit.
  • Also visible on set was the unmistakable Weirwood Tree, a marker for the status of House Stark’s ancestral home in the play’s opening credits.
  • White tents and trailers populated the deserted area, while piles of logs were fenced off with neon orange fencing, as well as a collection of boulders and a large black ship.

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Preparations for the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon are believed to be well underway on Friday.

Aerial shots taken over Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire show a spectacular construction of Winterfell Castle, which played a key role in the fantasy mega-hit.

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Also visible on the set was the unmistakable Weirwood Tree, which House in the play’s opening credits had been a marker for the status of the Stark’s ancestral home.

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Fantastic: House of the Dragon First Look: Aerial Shots from Leavesden Studios Reveal Iconic Winterfell Castle and the Weirwood Tree Will Appear in the Game of Thrones Prequel Story

Under Ramsay Bolton it was damaged due to its decay and engulfed in smoke. But with the Starks back in their hometowns for the final season, and Bran stronger than ever, Weirwood is in full bloom in the CGI opening.

The Westerwood trees have played an important role in the history of Westeros, as it was one of them that the Children of the Forest created the first White Walkers to help defeat the First Men.

Castle Ward in Northern Ireland was only Winterfell for the first series of Game of Thrones, with production running on a huge custom-built set in the County Antrim countryside.

Wow!  Preparations for the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel are believed to be well underway on Friday

Wow! Preparations for the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel are believed to be well underway on Friday

Impressive: All eight Harry Potter films as well as other films including the James Bond, Fast & Furious and Mission Impossible franchises have been filmed in the studio (pictured in 2017)

Impressive: All eight Harry Potter films as well as other films including the James Bond, Fast & Furious and Mission Impossible franchises have been filmed in the studio (pictured in 2017)

Thriller: Aerial shots taken over the Hertfordshire set show a spectacular construction of Winterfell Castle, which played a key role in the fantasy mega-hit.

Thriller: Aerial shots taken over the Hertfordshire set show a spectacular construction of Winterfell Castle, which played a key role in the fantasy mega-hit.

Incredible: The set certainly looked like it had great potential

Incredible: The set certainly looked like it had great potential

Amazing: Also visible on set was the unmistakable Weirwood Tree, a marker for the status of House Stark's ancestral home in the play's opening credits.

Amazing: Also visible on set was the unmistakable Weirwood Tree, a marker for the status of House Stark’s ancestral home in the play’s opening credits.

History: The site - which covers approximately 200 acres - was formerly an aircraft factory called Leavesden Aerodrome which was central to production during World War II.

History: The site – which covers approximately 200 acres – was formerly an aircraft factory called Leavesden Aerodrome which was central to production during World War II.

White tents and trailers populated the deserted area, while piles of logs were fenced off with neon orange fencing as well as a collection of boulders and a large black ship.

All eight Harry Potter films as well as other films including the James Bond, Fast and Furious and Mission Impossible franchises have been filmed in the studio.

The site – which covers approximately 200 acres – was formerly an aircraft factory called Leavesden Aerodrome which was central to production during World War II.

Under the Covers: White tents and trailers populate the deserted area

Under the covers: white tents and trailers populate the deserted area

Interesting: a pile of logs was surrounded by neon orange fencing

Interesting: a pile of logs was surrounded by neon orange fencing

Engaged: The set appears to be full of set-ups and clues

Engaged: The set appears to be full of set-ups and clues

Wow!  A big black ship points to the story of the future

Wow! A big black ship points to the story of the future

Like Life: The Castle Sure Did Look Like The Real Deal

Like Life: The Castle Sure Did Look Like The Real Deal

It was converted for film use in 1994 for Pierce Brosnan’s first Bond film, GoldenEye, and has been a popular site for producers ever since.

Other films shot at the studio include Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Inception, Paddington, The Dark Knight, and Bohemian Rhapsody.

The site is also near a Warner Bros. Studio Tour attraction that takes guests behind the scenes of the making of the Harry Potter series.

Work in progress: Scaffolding was installed on the side of the palace

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