Game of Thrones season 6: Kit Harington and co filming something 'bigger than anything the show has ever done'

Smoke, horses and heavy security spotted on set in Saintfield, Northern Ireland

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Game of Thrones fans are set to enjoy the most epic season yet if reports from those near the Northern Ireland set are anything to go by.

The hit HBO drama is busy shooting its sixth series in the village of Saintfield, where a “massive” amount of activity is underway.

Predictably sky-high levels of security, including a “resident police car” mean few quality photos have leaked, but YouTube channel Irish Thrones has been tweeting everything it spots.

Viewers can expect a “huge amount of smoke”, lots of horses and possibly some dry ice style fog, with the scale apparently “bigger than anything the show has ever done”. Yes, more awesome than the Battle of Hardhome, even.

Over on the other Thrones set in Peniscola, Spain, snoopers are also being shut out. Twitter user Dragons and Direwolves is convinced the production team has bought all the hotel rooms overlooking filming to make sure no spoilers emerge. 

Last week, the ever-vigilant Watchers on the Wall began excitedly discussing an upcoming cinematic battle for control of Winterfell that might be featuring in episode nine.

Nobody actually knows what is going to happen in season six, with showrunners finally overtaking George RR Martin’s books, but sources claim the battle will be for both the once Stark stronghold and the entire North. 

Kit Harington has been spotted wearing Stark armour as the presumably resurrected Jon Snow and director Jeremy Podeswa has promised fans that the season “starts off with a bang".

Sadly there’s still a wait for Winter to arrive, with Thrones expected to return in April 2016.