Tomorrow will be the last day of House of the Dragon season two filming in Spain, but do not fret: there are still news coming from Cáceres! Spoilery details have surfaced from the funeral procession scene, and several new cast members have been sighted in the city, including one we know from Game of Thrones!
After curious Cáceres locals provided us with two straight days of spoiler-filled leaks, yesterday’s production became an impenetrable bunker. Thankfully, today’s shoot has resulted in a few new photos at the Grand Sept filming location, as well as the arrival of Emma D’Arcy (Rhaenyra Targaryen) and showrunner Ryan Condal.
With filming for House of the Dragon season two over in Trujillo, production moved to Cáceres today for the first day of six, starting with the tragic scene we reported on a few days ago, involving Olivia Cooke and Phia Saban as Queen Mother Alicent Hightower and her daughter, Queen Helaena Targaryen. Spoilers below!
As production for House of the Dragon season two gets underway in Spain, cast members have started to arrive: Fabien Frankel (Ser Criston Cole) and newcomer Freddie Fox (Ser Gwayne Hightower) have been seen repeatedly in Cáceres. According to Spanish fansite Los Siete Reinos, Phia Saban (Queen Helaena Targaryen) was seen as well, although there’s no photographic evidence yet, just as there isn’t for Olivia Cooke (Queen Mother Alicent Hightower) or Emma D’Arcy (Queen Rhaenyra Targaryen). They were the first actors rumored to be involved in the Spanish shoot, and there have been some dubious faraway photos that could be them, but there’s been nothing conclusive yet. That’s not the real news today, however. That comes from yesterday’s filming in Trujillo, which confirmed our SPOILERIFIC suspicions about what they were exactly planning to film on the streets of this town and in Cáceres. Read below at your own risk!
House of the Dragon returns to Spain with a bang. First we’ll share some of the spoiler-free set preparations and filming schedule, and we’ll finish with the big news for those who have read Fire and Blood or don’t care about spoilers, as the HBO production is preparing to film what appear to be the fallout to two of the most shocking events we’re probably going to see in season two.
By Red Aly
Every mystery embedded in A Song of Ice and Fire offers rich ground for theories to germinate as we wait for the conclusion of the series. The best theories are community-building pursuits as they inspire animated discussion among fans and maintain interest between books and between seasons. There is only one rule here: Keep it fun! Be warned: This series may contain major book spoilers and is intended for people who have read all of the A Song of Ice and Fire books released so far, as well as Fire and Blood. Based on F&B, this article contains probable spoilers for future episodes/seasons of House of the Dragon.
In A Song of Ice and Fire, the fabled Valyrian steel swords are impossible to overlook. George R.R. Martin devotes pages to building up their backstory and all the key characters’ arcs are influenced in some way by them to the extent that they could be considered characters themselves. Yet they are mysterious. Their value is inseparable from the fact that no one knows how to make them anymore and so new ones cannot be made. They are priceless family heirlooms, their stories embedded in the stories of the preeminent families of Westeros. Furthermore, it seems that not only is Valyrian steel very rare and valuable, but it is necessary in the coming fight against the threat from the North; while ordinary steel shatters when it is used against White Walkers, Valyrian steel does not. This is therefore a crucial tension in the series.
Count Dorne among the regions of Westeros that will be represented at this year’s Con of Thrones, because Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand) has been announced as part of the guest lineup!
We hope you’ve got your tickets ordered because the con is coming- and so is the king! For the very first time, Game of Thrones star Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark) will appear at Con of Thrones, the premier unofficial convention for the Game of Thrones/Ice & Fire universe. Hempstead Wright will appear on panels and programming at Con of Thrones on Friday, August 25th, and Saturday, August 26th. He’ll also participate in autograph and photograph experiences with fans at the convention.
Major casting news! Four amazing actors have been announced for House of the Dragon‘s second season. We finally have our Alys Rivers (among others)!
It’s a busy week in the GTU (Game of Thrones Universe). Those Aegon the Conqueror rumors keep swirling. House of the Dragon finally began filming for season 2 (about time, right?) And today, during HBO Max’s wild news conference of ups and downs and name drops (more on that below), we got the craziest news of all. Dunk & Egg are officially making the jump from page to screen in the next iteration of the live-action GOT incarnations. How do you feel about all this info?!