Director Sighting Sheds Light on Wolf Hill; Malpartida Wraps Up and Cáceres is Ready

Photo: Afroditi Lyrigkou / afrolyr on Instagram

Photo: Afroditi Lyrigkou / afrolyr on Instagram

Game of Thrones wrapped up a three weeks-long shoot at Los Barruecos with an equally enormous party and now moves on to the city of Cáceres, which is ready for filming. Meanwhile, one of season seven’s directors was spotted in Belfast with certain cast members, not only situating him at the —coincidentally also three weeks-long— Wolf Hill Quarry shoot but also placing the related action sequence within the season.

Beware: There are references to season seven’s story below the cut. Spoilers ahead!

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Game of Thrones: The Best of 2016

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It’s that time of winter again, when television critics start charging toward the end of the year with their “Best of 2016” lists in hand. And as usual, Game of Thrones has made the cut on quite a few. So let’s have a look, shall we?

Leading the celebratory love for Game of Thrones this year is the American Film Institute, naming the show to AFI’s prestigious list of TV Programs of the Year for 2016. The AFI’s other choices include The Americans, Atlanta, Better Call Saul, The Crown, The Night Of, The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Stranger Things, This Is Us, and Veep.

Game of Thrones is sitting pretty at number one on TVLine‘s list of 10 Best Dramas of 2016. Of season 6, TVLine says, “Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss continue to shift the key players of Westeros around like chess pieces, but it’s the women who made the boldest moves this year.”

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Updated! Emilia Clarke arrives in Cáceres; Game of Thrones House Flags in Old Town; Disparate Characters Team Up in Belfast

Game of Thrones VFX "Aerial" (Dragon) Unit at Los Barruecos

Game of Thrones VFX “Aerial” (Dragon) Unit at Los Barruecos

The show’s invasion of Cáceres started to take shape yesterday, as the production turned their chosen locations in the provincial capital’s Old Town into Game of Thrones sets. Today, prop flags of a certain House confirm what these streets will be used for. Concurrently, the Mother of Dragons herself is spotted in the city, just as the VFX team prepares for some dragon action in the last days of filming at Los Barruecos.

Meanwhile, in Belfast, a rather curious mix of cast members was sighted last night. Their characters have never crossed paths before —In fact, in six seasons they have never even been in the same location or storyline—, so some may consider the sighting to be too revealing. And the text that contextualizes the gathering certainly contains spoilers!

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New Game of Thrones Season 7 Sets Rise In Las Veletas

Las Veletas in Cáceres. Photo: javiborrega/Twitter

Las Veletas in Cáceres. Photo: javiborrega/Twitter

Cáceres is the major center of filming activity in Spain this year for Game of Thrones, and it’s about to get very exciting in the city, with shooting beginning next Wednesday. Filming will take place over the 14th and 15th, but GoT‘s crews are already busy in the Monumental City of Cáceres, preparing a plaza with sets and props.

There was some confusion this week, with Still Star-Crossed shooting in town, in at least one plaza that GoT will reportedly be using as well, but filming on ABC’s new show wrapped on Tuesday, according to El Periodico Extremadura. Now it’s Game of Thrones’ turn to roll cameras in Cáceres’ historic district.

Lucky for us, Twitter user @javiborrega was in the area, and has snapped a multitude of new photos, including one with solid proof that this is for GoT, and not last-minute, overrun Star-Crossed work.

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Finn Jones Talks Loras and How He Thinks Game of Thrones Should End

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One of last season’s most dearly departed, Finn Jones who played Loras Tyrell since season 1 of Game of Thrones, has a great new interview with Vulture this week. The actor talks about his new gig, filming Iron Fist, but still has time for a few questions about his work on GoT. As always, Jones is delightfully forthcoming and creative in his responses.

The actor discusses his final season on the show, and Loras’ trial, revealing that when Loras’ forehead is being carved with the seven-pointed star, episode director Miguel Sapochnik‘s wife and 2-year-old daughter were on the set watching!

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New Details About Conor McGregor’s Role on Game of Thrones!

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Earlier this week, casting news of the strangest kind broke. Reports claim that well-known mixed martial artist Conor McGregor will be joining the cast of Game of Thrones for season 7.  It seemed a little dubious but Belfast Live was confident of their source, saying that “one of the GoT directors is a huge UFC fan” and thus had offered McGregor a part on the show.

Today, we unexpectedly received more news of the casting: one from our sources, and the other from McGregor’s boss. Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White appeared on Fox Sports Live, and TMZ picked up on a remark of White’s concerning McGregor and GoT.

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Fresh Game of Thrones Spoiler Photos from Los Barruecos!

Photo: ChedesSantos/Twitter

Los Barruecos. Photo: ChedesSantos/Twitter

Another day, another batch of new shooting photos from the set of Game of Thrones! But Game of Thrones filming in Spain has an extra twist this year- the series is in town at the same time as another show and there’s been some confusion, as we thought might happen.

The ABC/ShondaLand production Still Star-Crossed, a Romeo and Juliet sequel set in 16th century Verona, has been shooting in Caceres over the past few months, and is still going strong. The show’s filming around Plaza de San Jorge has caused some false reports, so be aware, there’s another series filming in the city.  (Frankly, this is dredging up Grumpy Old Woman memories of the fall when Dracula Untold filmed in Northern Ireland around the same time as GoT!)  Game of Thrones will be shooting in the streets of Caceres on December 14th and 15th, in the Monumental City.

That said, we do have new images from season 7 today! Courtesy of our friends at Los Siete Reinos, showing some of the carnage at Malpartida: (Spoilers!)

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Game of Thrones Picks Up Two ASC Award Nominations for Cinematography

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When it rains, it pours! Only a day after Game of Thrones snared two Writers Guild Award nominations, the show has been recognized by the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) for its work on season six.  The television nominations for the 31st annual Outstanding Achievement Awards, handed out every year by the ASC, were announced yesterday in Hollywood. Game of Thrones appears twice on the ballot, both nods in the category of “Regular Series for Non-Commercial Television.”

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