shooting in the Seville region of Spain, and sets are taking shape nicely.
Officials confirmed this week that Italica, a major new filming location for season 7, will be closed between October 17th and November 12th. In addition to Italica,
will be filming in other Andalusian locations including the Royal Shipyards of Seville (Las Atarazanas) and the Castillo de Almodóvar del Río, located in the province of Córdoba.
Thanks to an extras casting call, we know the extras are needed in Seville and Almodóvar del Río between November 1st and 12th. This gives us a time frame for the actual shooting period, with the weeks before November 1st probably consisting of prep work.
Last week, we showed the beginnings of GoT’s work in Italica, and today we have an update, giving us a better idea of what the site will look like for filming.
Photos and a news report from Spain show that the production staff have made progress at Italica, and are currently working to cover the wide central opening in the amphitheater. The narrow channels that lead to the central area remain open, and staircases (which we spotted in our initial photos last week) have been put in place leading from the channels to the central area.
These will give you a good view of the changing set:
Itálica, escenario de la serie “Juegos de Tronos” https://t.co/Jm2lGu5rFi pic.twitter.com/qYdA4H0mGW
#Itálica preparándose para #JuegodeTronos @Explora_Sevilla #Sevillahoy pic.twitter.com/TPdK38dBSY
Our previous spoiler reports have given us a good idea of what role Italica is playing. Revisit them if you want to be spoiled! The new images haven’t changed my mind. It’s a beautiful location and I can’t wait to see how it turns out when finished.
Thanks to WotW reader Luka Nieto for the help with this post!
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It´s going to look amazing. I guess the actors will be standing in that platform. 🙂
Maybe the Atarazanas will be like the underground part of the pit.
Luka you are da man!!! These pics and video are great! Please keep the pics coming if you can! Your time and effort are very much appreciated!!😀
this article seem to confirm Dany’s arrival will be filmed in that beach in Zumaia. They also mentioned they’ll need rowers for the scene as well.
Wow- the set is really coming along, and they have indeed used those metal beams to support the pit floor as I thought. I presume they’ll cover this over with sand closer to shooting. We only have a few more days before the close the site – I hope we get some more shots before that 😊
I agree that the Reales Astrazanas may be used as part of the Dragonpit set, as they look quite like the side corridors and antechambers at Italica.
Everyone’s so informative on here. Reading your comments is so much better than watching a “thelastharpy” youtube video on why Varys is a mermaid or Jaime being a Targaryen. Keep up the good work guys and wotw!
Hmm, I wonder if this is going to be the setting of a high profile execution or a trial by combat… against a dragon… or something like that.
Because I just can’t fathom why they would show us the dragonpit and feature characters from other storylines unless they are scenes of some significance.
If I remember correctly, a previous report suggested that there would be a large technical crew presence and they’ve obviously gone to great effort to choose and prepare this location. I find it hard to believe that they’d do that just for a few conversations between characters.
Although, if the Red Keep is destroyed, I wonder if this is where Daenerys will hold court and demand the lords of Westeros come to pledge oaths of fealty in front of her and her dragons, before Davos and Brienne turn up and deliver the King in the North’s request for assistance.
My French is a bit rusty, but the article shown in Kargaryen’s Zumaia spoiler link also mentions
a scene to be filmed in a grotto/underground cave at the base of the cliffs accessible only at low tide.
Added thanks to Luka Nieto. Still hoping he’ll be cast as an extra.
I wonder if that’s where the dragonglass is. Provided the location is Dragonstone. Thank you for the translation.
i hate those off the wall theories that seem to be made just because there’s too much time between now and Season 7, like Jon marrying Lyanna Mormont. In the novels sure but on live tv seeing a grown man marry a 10yo isn’t happening in 2016. Imagine the pervs watching they ep.
keltia, It could be where the sewers empty into the sea at Casterly Rock, accessible only at low tide, with Greyworm and Tyrion there to get into CR.
Have you received a reply yet as to whether you have been chosen as an extra when GoT films in Zumaia?
No, I haven’t, and I have seen no news of anyone else receiving a call. That said, I’m not so hopeful I’ll be chosen. There were plenty of men who were taller and more muscular than I am. Apparently they were at least partly looking for big bearded men… and anyone who has seen me knows my face is as soft as a baby’s. Unless they’re looking for a pretty face, I’m not very hopeful 😛
Still, don’t despair. If they don’t call me, I’ll go there myself and try to get some footage, which I couldn’t possibly do as an extra.
400 crew are expected, and they booked EVERY room in town, hotel or B&B…
I hope that HBO learned their lessons from the Malta shooting in Season one, because a Zumaia official states that they promised to leave Zumaia’s protected geologic park absolutely pristine, identical to before they come in…
Shooting the Dany & Drogo wedding had been a small ecological catastrophe and the controversy had shut down the possibility of returning to Malta for other seasons!
with that in mind, if Zumaia isn’t used entirely as Dragonstone, at least that part you mentioned probably will probably be.
According to the french article, Daenerys will land there. Dinklage is also expected to be part of it.
Assuming this set won’t be used until a late season episode, perhaps a coronation is possible as well… Aegon II held his coronation in the Dragonpit, but it wasn’t a rune at that time of course. Still, the Sept of Baelor is gone and if the Red Keep is damaged they may need to find a location. Daenerys may think doing her coronation in the presence of her dragons is a good idea.
Heavy cgi could make this a pretty impressive location even if it is a wreck. I still think it’s a bit small in relation to the book description and for the purpose it was built, but they have to make due with what they have to use.
Still have my fingers crossed for you, Luka! And so jealous either way that you are THERE! Thanks for including us nerds and making us feel like we’re there too. 🙂
My impressions too. IMO Cersei will take a lot of captives during the battle against Dany (Missandey may definitely be among them), and it’s easy to imagine them walking into the arena from the dungeons by the stairs they built.
As for the grotto, IMO it’s where Viserion and Rhaegal will find shelter after losing their mom. We saw Drogon flying in Valyria in S5 after leaving Dany, so where would the two dragon siblings go, if they get lost in a storm or battle after seeing Drogon being taken out and their mom falling into the water? Dragonstone looks like the most appropriate location, as dragons seem to be attracted to their traditional habitats. And wouldn’t it be wonderful, if Jon found them there while searching for dragon glass or simply sense them due to his Targarian blood? And then Dany comes.
Dragons: We want papa and a normal family, not just a single mom!
As far as I understand now the Dragonpit is a mass graveyard of the plague casualties – cremated but nonetheless I can’t imagine a more inappropriate place for coronation or any other celebration or joyful ceremony. The mass execution by the dragon (Drogon reanimated by Qyburn) looks like a far better guess.
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