Cercei never did get those elephants on Game of Thrones, but that doesn't mean Westeros will be completely deprived of pachyderms. HBO's Game of Thrones spinoff is a prequel of sorts, set thousands of years before the events of the main series. Among the many creatures and characters fans might expect to see, it seems mammoths might be one of them.
A photo taken from behind the scenes of the prequel series -- currently filming in Northern Ireland under the rumored working title Bloodmoon -- curiously bears the image of an angry woolly mammoth. The image was found on a sign, presumably directing cast and crew to the set location at Marble Arch Caves in County Fermanagh. Unfortunately, due to the design of the set pieces, no further details could be provided by passers-by or enthusiastic fans.
Where might we be today? There's a hint in the brown sign in the background :)— Bloodmoon_locations_IRL (@BloodmoonIrl) June 20, 2019
Mammoths did appear in Game of Thrones, though less than a handful of times and only briefly in "Watchers on the Wall" during the siege of Castle Black. They required four crew members and extensive visual effects work to create, according to VFX producer Steve Kullback and supervisor Joe Bauer. As the appearance of mammoths have only been hinted at for the prequel series via the street sign, it's unknown if the same methods will be used to create them.
Within the lore of the shows as well as in George R.R. Martin's novel series, these elephantine creatures hail from the icy north of Westeros, Beyond the Wall, where they are used as beasts of burden by the wildlings and giants. Prior to this, in the ancient period during which the prequel series will take place, creatures such as dire wolves and mammoths were far more abundant. If the prequel series depicts them as such, it'll likely raise the budget of the show substantially. They may not cost as much as highly detailed dragons, but mammoths aren't cheap.
via Winter is Coming