Spain to serve as Dorne in Game of Thrones Season 5

By Cian Gaffney on Jul 1, 2014 to Game of Thrones

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The U.S. ambassador to Spain and former Vice President of HBO, James Costos, has confirmed that scenes for Game of Thrones Season 5 will be shot in Spain. This comes fast on the heels of confirmed rumors about scouting in the area.

To be exact, The Alcázar of Seville (pictured above) could serve as the Water Gardens of Dorne, where the late Prince Oberyn Martell’s older brother, Prince Doran, spends his time. It is also likely that the country will host the filming of scenes in Sunspear, the seat of House Martell.

The Alcázar is a Moorish-built castle whose construction dates back to the 1300s, so it would seem to be a perfect fit for a Dornish landmark.

Here’s the official word from HBO:

HBO is pleased to confirm that a portion of season five of GAME OF THRONES will be shot on several natural locations in the Province of Sevilla.  Specifics on the locations will be announced closer to the time of production.

UPDATE: Here’s a video of Mr. Costos explaining how he encouraged filming to take place in Spain (Spanish dub):

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnKaKhZ4caM

Game of Thrones Season 5 premieres in Spring 2015. We’ll provide the exact air date as soon as we have it.

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Raiwons
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The production of Game of Thrones would have to consider bowling in Malaga (El Chorro) a place called the Camino del Rey, as anedota here too was shot one movie Frank Sinatra in “Von Ryan’s Express”. Here’s the link.
https://youtu.be/JY5alvXix0I

Robertjm
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OK, I’d buy that!

pewpew!
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It says The Alcázar in Sevilla (picture above) but the alcázar is a tower in a cathedral and the picture is the Alhambra in Granada lol

dani
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You are totally wrong. The tower is named La Giralda. I’m from Seville. And the photo is actually from Alcázar.

nima- iranian
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This series is so beautiful and really one of the best dramas on could be. But pity the season series between each other very much. Do not be the fifth season of the series in 2014 to build and play?? The story reaches a climax of excitement and it is now people let’s hangover. Thank you.

Ana
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There are many places in Spain they could consider as well, like Loarre castle in Huesca or the Pyrenees.

clara
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I’ve been there and at first I imagined this castle as Winterfell

Ari
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Perfect! My only concern is Sunspear, and I feel Morocco would probably better capture the essence of Dorne. Either way they’re showcasing Moorish architecture, I only hope they showcase more North African, Arab and Islamic influence too! Especially with the casting.

WoepWoep
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You do know that south of Spain has a great Islamic history? There are a lot of influences of North African, Arab and Islamic cultures in south of Spain. You can definitely expect that for Sunspear :)

trolilol
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like Alhambra, to that day the most amazing palace I saw (before Ankhor or Taj, Forbidden city etc…) by far !!

Alba
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I do like “Plaza de España” in Sevilla for Sunspear. It was already used in a Star Wars movie to represent Naboo. Check it, you might like it ;)

Alba
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Sevilla is my hometown! When do they start shooting? I’ll be here all summer and I would like to become an extra :D

Cian Gaffney
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Details about becoming an extra for the Spanish shooting can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/Frescofilm/posts/10152121565131786

Zygel Doll
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Lady Catelyn will not be seen as a corpse to be found somewhere because she’s not dead yet, you’d know if you’re reading the book! She’s alive although she can no longer speak due to the deep cut on her throat. She’ll return on the next season.

PING POING
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game of thrones is for IDOITS!!!!!!!!!

Robertjm
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And so are dictionaries. Bummer you didn’t find one before posting, eh?

Azous D'pilid
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That’s an interesting observation you’re making there, but I think most Game of Thrones watchers are able to spell, so they can’t be really big ‘idoits’. Idiot.

Q
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Yet you were somehow lead here, how?

heyo
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I’m still angry Catlin starks reanimated corpse will be left out of the show…it really wanted to see the starks get revenge

Esme Buffay
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I hope that the fans can bully them enough and make them understand that we want her, maybe they’ll throw us a bone and shoot a couple scenes, it’s not much, they should have shot it when they were shooting season three, they would have had all the actors together.

Lord Pao Targaryen
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I can see your point but if you can spell Catelyn too that would be good.

Jake Da snake
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Pao, you’re a douche. There I used it correctly. Stop being a spelling Nazi.

Lord Pao Targaryen
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Sorry can’t help it bro LOL.

Jay
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it’s spelled “Laugh Out Loud”

paulina
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I WAS THERE. There is nothing more beautiful than south spain Moorish castles.

Yehia Abd Elrahman
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a muslim castle in game of thrones :D sweeeet :D

Yehia Abd Elrahman
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a muslim castle in game of thrones :D sweeeet :D

Flangdoogler
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Myrcella poisons Prince Doran on her mother’s wishes in the last half of the 4th book

Ivan Haralampiev
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I demand more episodes per season!

peter
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I demand macaroni pictures

peter
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I demand macaroni pictures

Taboo
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true

Taboo
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true

Nigoruelo Martinez Aguilar
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Nigoruelo Martinez Aguilar

Granada is coming!!!

prisoner233
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They’re going to catch up to the end of the series before the next book is released.. wonder if hbo has considered paying grrm to hurry the hell up and get to typing..

Flo
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They already know the story from the missing books.

Robertjm
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Partially true. They know the ending of the story. But, as to how they get to that ending is another thing. It’s still up in the air.

liam
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They know the basics of what happens but if he could tell them everything that is going to happen then he would have written the books. If they make the show based on what GRRM has told them then it will deviate in the vast, vast majority of what happens and that won’t do.

Declan Fraser
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I’m not gonna argue that last point, because who honestly knows (although I feel the need to point out that deviations will HAVE to do)? But GRRM definitely knows every major event that’s going to happen, and even if he knew every minor event as well, it wouldn’t result in a faster completion of the books… I don’t know if you’ve ever written, but it’s not as easy as spewing the plot onto the page.

Declan Fraser
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I’m not gonna argue that last point, because who honestly knows (although I feel the need to point out that deviations will HAVE to do)? But GRRM definitely knows every major event that’s going to happen, and even if he knew every minor event as well, it wouldn’t result in a faster completion of the books… I don’t know if you’ve ever written, but it’s not as easy as spewing the plot onto the page.

bulaswesome
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You may be surprised how easy it can be for a writer to change his mind if he feels the story could use a bit of changing. I do producing with a guy who writes his own show and quite literally things can get changed pretty significantly

Trolilol
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and how funny is that concept… after movie from book, game from movie, movie from game… the snake biting his tail, the book inspired by the soap inspired by the book :)

LBL
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Really? Alcázar of Sevilla? This photos is from La Alhambra, in Granada.

clara
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There is a very similar place in the Alhambra, but its not quite the same. I really love the Alambra and when reading the books I imagined Dorne as this great fortress. However, the Alcázar in Sevilla is just as beautifull and the series will come out incredible, as always.

manuj_hidalgo
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Yes, I am from Seville and I must say that it is Alcázar of Sevilla

Chari #Esoll ☮ ‏
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You are wrong, is El Alcázar. It is some much like La Alambra, but it is not.

Chari #Esoll ☮ ‏
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You are wrong, is El Alcázar. It is some much like La Alambra, but it is not.

Me
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Sorry. This photo is from El Alcázar, Seville. Both (Alcázar and Alhambra) have very similar places inside them

cassandrareid
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I hope Oberyn’s family utterly destroys the Lannisters.

NegativeFeedback
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Um, why would they? They aren’t at war… In fact, the Martells are pretty much on the Lannisters’ side.

NoHeal4u
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You know nothing Snuuu..

A. Clancularius
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If you had read the books then you would know that they are pretending to be with Lanisters. SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are waiting for Danaeyrus or supposed Aegon to ally with them with them before they make the move against mostly the Lanister to help the Targs back on the throne. However, Lanisters are already destroying themselves and being destroyed.
NegativeFeedback
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What’s the point of adding “spoiler” at the end fo a spoiler?

Jay
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The Lannisters are already destroyed… any chance for real greatness and power for the Lannisters ended when Tyrion took his fathers life. Tyrion himself is hardly a lannister now, and his sister is just trying to be an evil bitch and protect her son. And Jaime is now Goldenhand.

ZPT205
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It’s a longshot, but Tommen looks like he could grow up and be a decent leader. The question is, will there be anything left for him to lead by the time he comes of age?

ZPT205
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It’s a longshot, but Tommen looks like he could grow up and be a decent leader. The question is, will there be anything left for him to lead by the time he comes of age?

Lorena Gonzalez McCall
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Lorena Gonzalez McCall

OMG, my country, how cool is this?

Iker San Vicente
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sevilla is not cool at all,is one of the most hot places in Europe xD

Iker San Vicente
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sevilla is not cool at all,is one of the most hot places in Europe xD

manuj_hidalgo
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Jeje, two months a year

polioilop
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and Dorne is one of the hottest places in Westeros! It’s a match!

polioilop
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and Dorne is one of the hottest places in Westeros! It’s a match!

Nacho
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ahahahah not cool at all!! Stop the envy mate!!!!

Sevilla is with Granada the most beautiful city you can see in Spain, with Greek, Roman, Muslim legace, etc. Something that you only can see here.

Iker San Vicente
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jajjajaj, era un mal chiste. “Cool” literalmente significa “fresco” , tranquilo hombre

Stephen
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So you say b*tch. I much prefer northern Spain.

Lord Pao Targaryen
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I think he meant “not cool” literally as in hot.

Nacho
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ahahahah not cool at all!! Stop the envy mate!!!!

Sevilla is with Granada the most beautiful city you can see in Spain, with Greek, Roman, Muslim legace, etc. Something that you only can see here.

Gregory L Rankin
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Books 4and 5 occur simultaneously. That’s why I think the timeline in the show is a little different.

Gregory L Rankin
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Books 4and 5 occur simultaneously. That’s why I think the timeline in the show is a little different.

annyms
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I also noticed. I just wonder how far they will be revealing for of parts the two books.

FortheHorde
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I totally agree. Azeroth is a very exotic location.

Gregory L Rankin
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WoW

Gregory L Rankin
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WoW

ReadTheBooks
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“the late Prince Oberyn Martell’s older brother, PRICE Doran”

Really HBOwatch?

dragonfly
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Please, WHOSE, not who’s

Sixpackbinky
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Can’t wait!

Pablo Mena
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LETS GO TO SEVILLA YEAH!!!!

James Galloway
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I can’t get enough of The Alcázar. It’s so Moorish.

Concerned Mom
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Sunspear will have to be a part of the sunny Mediterranean coast of Spain, with vineyards in the background- Dornish wine!

Concerned Mom
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Sunspear will have to be a part of the sunny Mediterranean coast of Spain, with vineyards in the background- Dornish wine!

Lupe
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Fun bit is, the Spanish region that made the country’s wine fso famous and probably inspired Martin’s Dornish Red, resembles more Highgarden than Sunspear. Sunspear itself doesn’t look like any town in mediterranean Spain, but southern Morocco does have its Marraketch.

Dorne had an European-Spanish component to it (Mediterranean and Pyrenaic, as in the Dornish Marches) , yet inspiration from North Africa and the Middle East (Specially Palestine) have also been credited by Gurrm himself

Lupe
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Fun bit is, the Spanish region that made the country’s wine fso famous and probably inspired Martin’s Dornish Red, resembles more Highgarden than Sunspear. Sunspear itself doesn’t look like any town in mediterranean Spain, but southern Morocco does have its Marraketch.

Dorne had an European-Spanish component to it (Mediterranean and Pyrenaic, as in the Dornish Marches) , yet inspiration from North Africa and the Middle East (Specially Palestine) have also been credited by Gurrm himself

damon
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I thought it was the Alhambra as well. Beautiful place.

manuj_hidalgo
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No, this is Seville

Diletta
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Someone knows when they’ll start shooting?

Diletta
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Someone knows when they’ll start shooting?

jack
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Mid july

jack
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Mid july

"growl"
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Did you get you plane ticket yet?? “Jill” is flying with “j”

jill
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Um “jack” you know they said for us to not give any leaks or hints to anything. Per your contract. But good thing it’s anonymous. Let’s say this expect a shocker when you see us I mean episode 2 season 5. Ha ha

ThickDickMcGurk
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You’re not an actor you dildo. Stop pretending to be famous. Youre an idiot.

ThickDickMcGurk
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You’re not an actor you dildo. Stop pretending to be famous. Youre an idiot.

jack
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Wow Lil dick are you proud. Your the idiot.

Upthehill
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you’re*………if you are gonna insult someone, learn to talk :)

"jill"
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Do Wish We Could SAY More. But feeble minded Lil dicks like yourself is what will destroy humanity.

Patrick Grafton
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Yip its in pre production now Spain in October

Patrick Grafton
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Yip its in pre production now Spain in October

"jill"
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So not accurate. Done by November 20th

pepito de los palotes
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pepito de los palotes

I think the image of the photograph is not the Alcazar of Seville, but the Alhambra in Granada

pepito de los palotes
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pepito de los palotes

I think the image of the photograph is not the Alcazar of Seville, but the Alhambra in Granada

Gugu Gaga
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pepito de los palotes, in the future don’t be stupid by writing what you think before checking the facts. Just google ‘alcazar seville’ and click to the wikipedia page and you’ll find there the exact same photo used in this article. Sorry for being rude, but that’s how you learn.

Faust
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It is the Alcázar, not Alhambra. They are both moorish constructions so they look similar.

Manu
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Sorry but IT IS the Alcazar of Seville. I live in this city, so believe me.

Manu
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Sorry but IT IS the Alcazar of Seville. I live in this city, so believe me.

Alison Swain
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It looks very similar to the Alhambra, but I do not believe it is.

liuia_drusilla
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That’s the courtyard of the maidens at the Alcázar of Seville, not the Alhambra, sorry.

liuia_drusilla
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That’s the courtyard of the maidens at the Alcázar of Seville, not the Alhambra, sorry.

shelley
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This is exactly true. My husband and I were in Sevilla last week (October 14) and many places in the Alcazar were closed because of the filming. We also saw the photo equipment, etc. set up for the filming. This is the Courtyard of the Maidens and the funniest thing is that there was a young lady who was actually putting fake oranges in the trees there for the filming!! This was confirmed by our guide who asked one of the security guards there! (We thought she was picking oranges at first, not putting fakes ones back!)
Michael Jackson
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Which city will serve as exteriors for Braavos? Venice, Italy?

Michael Jackson
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Which city will serve as exteriors for Braavos? Venice, Italy?

charles arthur
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good idea!

Erdem Zenginli
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Alhambra would be better, I guess. Still Andalucia for Dorne is the right choice.

Erdem Zenginli
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Alhambra would be better, I guess. Still Andalucia for Dorne is the right choice.

Faust
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To shoot in the Alhambra is very very difficult, it has A LOT of security and restrictions to preserve the monument. They know everytime how many people there are inside and where they are (It is HUGE and WORLD HERITAL site). I think a big shooting like this can not be done in a so restrictive environment.

Anyway, and in all honesty, for the shooting is the same. The magnificence of The Alhambra is it as a whole, something that can not be catched my a scene.

Lime
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What you say is true. Moreover, the Alhambra probably would not close at visit hours for shooting, as it has happened before. They would only be able to film before and after opening hours, or risk to be seen by visitors (and surely HBO doesn’t want that to happen).

Aitor Menta
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The Alhambra of Granada would be a better option for sure. The Alhambra is gorgeus and the most representative Moorish-built castle in Spain.

Aitor Menta
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The Alhambra of Granada would be a better option for sure. The Alhambra is gorgeus and the most representative Moorish-built castle in Spain.

Timothy Buen
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I just hope they extend the episodes to 16 or more per season

Timothy Buen
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I just hope they extend the episodes to 16 or more per season

Cian Gaffney
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This would be great, although it won’t happen. The production team is already stretched to their limit trying to get 10 out every year.

Cian Gaffney
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This would be great, although it won’t happen. The production team is already stretched to their limit trying to get 10 out every year.

JPaulBeaubier
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I’d love that but, on the other hand, there’s no enough material to do that and to keep a good flow. Trust me: books 4 and 5 are excellent reading but they’ll be hard to translate into the screen due a lot of.. wondering parts.

A. Clancularius
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I loved the books too but they weren’t like the previous books so definately will difficult because the the last books were much more character based than action and thrills.

JPaulBeaubier
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I’d love that but, on the other hand, there’s no enough material to do that and to keep a good flow. Trust me: books 4 and 5 are excellent reading but they’ll be hard to translate into the screen due a lot of.. wondering parts.

Robertjm
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While I can see the Alcazar being a good stand-in for the Water Gardens, not so sure about Sunspear. I envision hot hot weather and lots of sand. Perhaps something over in Morocco or Algeria might be more apropos for that.

Robertjm
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While I can see the Alcazar being a good stand-in for the Water Gardens, not so sure about Sunspear. I envision hot hot weather and lots of sand. Perhaps something over in Morocco or Algeria might be more apropos for that.

Lime
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This is Tabernas Desert, about four hours from Seville. It has already been used for shooting many films, mainly westerns, including the Dollars Trilogy with Clint Eastwood.

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lillixdoll
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Corralejo in Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) for Sunspear, I hope
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Carmenska
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Hi I live in Spain. someone knows when are the castings? or if they need extras? I would love to apply. Thanks!!!

Patrick Grafton
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Its to be shot in October im sure they do need extras look up NI extras on the web and email Maria

Patrick Grafton
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Its to be shot in October im sure they do need extras look up NI extras on the web and email Maria

taguini
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NI Extras only allow people who live in Ireland. Do you know if it will be the same agency in Spain? Thanks

Carmenska
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Hi I live in Spain. someone knows when are the castings? or if they need extras? I would love to apply. Thanks!!!

Sick of Degenerates
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Such a long wait for only 11 shows :-(

Sick of Degenerates
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Such a long wait for only 11 shows :-(

Tiffany Fox
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I know what you mean.. but it takes a lot to film all tbe greatness. Lol

Tiffany Fox
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I know what you mean.. but it takes a lot to film all tbe greatness. Lol

michael
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yes but the guy only has one book left –

michael
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yes but the guy only has one book left –

Patrick Grafton
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Not true there were 7 books and he is busy writing one at the moment. Shooting on book 5 this year so 5 6 and 7 still to go

Patrick Grafton
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Not true there were 7 books and he is busy writing one at the moment. Shooting on book 5 this year so 5 6 and 7 still to go

Jasper
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Actually last two seasons were entirely book 3!! Dorne is first introduced in book 4: A feast for crows. The tv-series isn’t converted 1:1 with the books. So next season will be all about book nr. 4. You’re correct about the number of books though.

JPaulBeaubier
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Jasper, to be more accurate, next season (5) will have elements from book four AND five, as the fourth season already had: Sansa’s lie to cover Littlefinger and Dany chaining her dragons are from the fifth book. Brienne in the road with Pod is from the fourth book. Also, they are probably reaching GRRM to see what’s possible to include to match the story of the yet unreleased book 6.

CrazyRedhead2
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Actually, they just finished 3 with a few moments from 4 or 5 thrown in. Most of both 4 and 5 are still out there. Granted they are pretty talky and thinky, but they’re available.

CrazyRedhead2
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Actually, they just finished 3 with a few moments from 4 or 5 thrown in. Most of both 4 and 5 are still out there. Granted they are pretty talky and thinky, but they’re available.

Prateek
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Two books actually.
The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.

Prateek
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Two books actually.
The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.

Robertjm
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And now he’s toying with the idea of extending that. Perhaps “A Promise of Summer?”

michael
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Sure but he takes 5 years to write one so there isnt much rush. Ive read them all and the TV series mixes the books slightly

Robertjm
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Eleven?? You know something the rest of us don’t? Last time I looked it’s only ever been 10.

Tywin Lannister
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Hopefully I’ll be back.

Firannion
Guest

It’s a phone-in sort of role for you in Season 5. You just have to lie still in the Great Sept of Baelor for a few days and stink so badly that even your daughter can’t stand to hang out near the bier. Serves you right for being smug enough to let the Red Viper pour your wine at those Small Council meetings!

Ginafred
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I’ve enjoyed your role immensely.

Sick of Degenerates
Guest

With Montezuma’s revenge since you died on the crapper….LOL!

Tiffany Fox
Guest

Have you read the books? He isnt coming back. Id be pissed if they bring him back but didnt bring back lady catelyn stark, as they did in the books (she was brought back and lived on as lady stoneheart getting revenge)… just saying!

Tiffany Fox
Guest

Have you read the books? He isnt coming back. Id be pissed if they bring him back but didnt bring back lady catelyn stark, as they did in the books (she was brought back and lived on as lady stoneheart getting revenge)… just saying!

Sick of Degenerates
Guest

With Montezuma’s revenge since you died on the crapper….LOL!

Tywin Lannister
Guest

Hopefully I’ll be back.

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