>>>Game of Thrones reconquers Spain
A team of 400 people went to Gipuzkoa to film the scenes in the ‘flysch’ (striated layers of rock) on Itzurun beach.

Game of Thrones reconquers Spain

The HBO series returns to Spain to film its seventh season. It will be the second-to-last and, as always, it’s sure to be thrilling.

alar Morghulis’ or, in other words, ‘all men must die’. And that includes all the good series (however painful this may be). HBO has announced that the eighth will be the last season of the story that has managed to make us believe in dragons again. Meanwhile, the actors are still filming the penultimate chapter of the series. Seven chapters that will be shown in the summer of 2017.

This time they have had to delay the production because, like they’ve been saying since the first season, ‘winter is coming’. The filming of the exterior shots that used to take place during the summer, began in October. The battle for the Iron Throne will continue in locations in Spain, Iceland and Northern Ireland.

The filming of the series has been delayed due to reasons related to the script: shooting had to take place in autumn and winter.
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Sevilla F.C. fans

During the filming, the cast was invited to watch the Seville-Barça football match in the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. Tyrion, Daenerys, Jaime and Theon and others could be seen with the red and white scarf of Sevilla F.C. The best way to bury the hatchet.

The chosen cities do not include Dubrovnik, Malta or Girona, so it would appear that the location of the King’s Arrival has changed again. Cáceres has been named as a substitute. The city in Extremadura converted its historic quarter into a television studio to accommodate the giant film crew. Its Mediaeval and Renaissance streets and buildings comprise one of the best preserved urban ensembles in Europe and it has been a World Heritage Site since 1986. James Faulkner, cast as Randyll Tarly in the story, could be seen walking through the old town during the Mediaeval Market of Three Cultures, a highly appropriate setting in which Sam’s father felt quite at home. He even had a photo taken while he was sitting on a unicorn to show his Twitter followers.

Less than 30km away is the natural monument of Los Barruecos. Situated in Malpartida de Cáceres, this is another place you’ll see in the series inspired on the books by George R. R. Martin. Its hills and plains, granite formations and ponds will be the setting of a great battle. The clue was given by the casting, which called for muscular men, ideally with some military training. The local councils of Cáceres and Malpartida joined up with Trujillo to create a sightseeing route based on the successful series. The castle in Trujillo was used as a setting for shooting scenes with Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).

At the end of the sixth season, Khaleesi sets out on a long journey. Rumours say that one of the stops will be Santiponce (Seville), converted into Dragon Pit.
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The people of Andalusian are already veterans of this because they were welcoming the crew for the third year running. The Alcázar of Seville will once again appear on television like it did in the fifth season, transformed into the Water Gardens of Dorne. Likewise, the Reales Atarazanas, a 13th-century building that in its day was in charge of building galleys for fighting against the North African Muslims, will return to the small screen.

The legends about San Juan de Gaztelugatxe include witches and pirates, but not dragons. In 1596 it was attacked by Sir Francis Drake and his corsairs.
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Another new feature will be Santiponce, close to Seville. It is home to the ruins of a Roman town founded in 206B.C., called Italica. According to rumours, this archaeological ensemble will be used as the Dragon Pit, a location that had not appeared in the series until now and which could be Khaleesi’s final destination.

The Basque Country has also been included in the list of destinations touched by the Game of Thrones’ magic wand. The beach in Muriola, known as La Cantera and the dramatic rocks of Itzurun Beach, in Zumaia have seduced the creators. Its precipitous coast, surrounded by green meadows, resembles the landscape of the Iron Islands. The misfortunes of House Greyjoy could also have taken place on the islet of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, on the Coast of Biscay. Standing on the island is the tiny hermitage of San Juan which is reached by climbing 241 steps. When you get to the top, tradition says you must ring the bell three times and make a wish. And ours? May ‘Game of Thrones’ never come to an end.

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