Game of Thrones’ House of the Dragon prequel pauses filming after positive Covid case

Production is expected to resume shortly (Image: TWITTER)

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Filming for the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon has been paused after a positive Covid case on set.

The individual who tested positive is now in isolation, as per industry guidelines, although they have not been named.

And those that have been in close contact will also have to quarantine, potentially causing a delay to filming schedules, although production is believed to be resuming from Wednesday, July 21.

A spokesperson for the production told The Hollywood Reporter: "As part of the rigorous testing implemented for all production employees, a Zone A production member on House Of The Dragon tested positive for COVID-19."

A promotional still from House of the Dragon
(Image: @HouseofDragon/Twitter)

The prequel is set some 300 years prior to Game of Thrones and focuses on the story of the House Targaryen, an exiled Great House of Westeros.

The plot is based on George R R Martin's Fire & Blood novel, published in 2018.

There's a particularly all-star cast, with Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Rhys Ifans and Eve Best all taking roles.

Filming has been underway for a number of months, and in April large crews were spotted on a couple of Cornish beaches, including Holywell Bay beach and St Michael's Mount.

House of the Dragon is expected to be released next year
(Image: @HouseofDragon/Twitter)

The second series of Bridgerton was also recently shut down due to a Covid scare.

Productions are having to act under firm industry guidance to halt the spread and shut down as soon as an outbreak is detected, and depending on the individual who gets infected, pausing filming can cause major delays costing thousands.

Tom Cruise has been viewed as a pioneer of Covid filming, having been a producer on one of the first productions to get back rolling again last September with Mission Imposible 7.

Last year the actor was secretly recorded shouting at a load of staff on set for not complying with Covid regulation.

Tom Cruise is being seen as a key figurehead behind studios returning to filming
(Image: Getty Images)

In the footage, obtained by the Sun, Tom can be heard shouting: "They're back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us. We are creating thousands of jobs.

"That's it. No apologies. You can tell it to the people that are losing their… homes because our industry is shut down.

"We are not shutting this… movie down. Is it understood? If I see it again, you're… gone."

The Game of Thrones prequel is currently slated for release in spring 2022.

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