Corbet - a river runs through it . . . so, among established Game of Thrones locations it’s a suitable spot then for ‘Riverrun’, ancestral home of author George R R Martin’s House Tully.
At least, so it would seem, set-builders having recently rustled up, at the old Ballievey linen mill, an imposing fortress frontage bearing what appears to be the Tullys’ leaping trout sigil above the gate.
Fans - (Not a GoT fan? Oh well, there’s always football) - will know the Tullys for allies of House Stark, whose Lord Eddard Stark long since lost his head after first losing his heart to Lord Hoster Tully’s daughter Catelyn, latterly the formidable Lady Stark - wife to a murdered husband, mother to a murdered son . . .(Oops! Hints of ‘Gladiator’ creeping in).
Not content to wait out filming of Series Six (Season Six to our cousins across The Pond) in contemplative silence, Thrones devotees the world over typically seize upon every hint, every careless remark, every leaked whisper, every castle sprouting out of the Banbridge countryside, with which to fan the flames of speculation .
The fate of Stark family secret and Nightwatch Lord Commander Jon Snow, last seen at the sharp end of a pointed argument with his own sworn brothers, has been to the fore, but with the HBO show now running ahead of creator Martin’s books, it opens up Lysa (Tully])Arryn’s infamous Moon Door on a Westerosi world of possibilities.
Corbet’s castle, for instance, comes complete with a scattering of campaign tents reminiscent of Tywin Lannister’s encampment during the War of the Five Kings, not least because they come in bold Lannister red. Is Riverrun now home to a Lannister army, or besieged by one?
Catelyn’s uncle Brynden ‘Blackfish’ Tully has been missing in action since ‘The Red Wedding’, where a peevish Walder Frey and a treacherous Roose Bolton slaughtered Cat, her son Robb - the so-called King in the North - and the better part of his, until then triumphant, army.
Has Brynden surfaced to secure his late brother Hoster’s holdfast from which to plot revenge?
From linen mill to rumour mill, the Corbet set holds no real answers, and so much the better.
All (which is to say enough to whet the appetite while guaranteeing the show’s own run) will no doubt be revealed next year when Game of Thrones returns to Sky Atlantic.
In the meantime we can but hope we haven’t read too much into what might just be cast and crew’s quirky way of letting snoopers know they’ve ‘Gone Fishin’!