Almería extras casting announced, Game of Thrones Spain filming schedule set

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Though reports initially stated it would begin a day later, it has been confirmed that Game of Thrones will be casting extras for season 6 in Almería July 8th and 9th.

ModExpor International, who handles the show’s extras throughout Spain, posted an announcement today with the casting dates, GoT’s shooting dates this fall, and the very specific requirements for the people hoping to appear on Game of Thrones.

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Casting will take place on both days, starting at 8:00AM, at the Pabellon Moises Ruiz in Almería. However, due to the large amount of people clamoring to be extras, the message states they can “select only 1200 men and 1200 women.” The announcement further says that, “the selection will be made exclusively on the morning of July 8.”

Given that the casting is running on both the 8th and 9th, it sounds like 2400 is only the initial screening number. This makes sense, since ModExpor can’t see the several thousand that may show up. The final chosen number of extras may be a lot smaller.

What is Game of Thrones looking for in Almería?

They’re searching for men and women ages 18-65 who are dark Mediterraneans or black. There’s a general height requirement, with ModExpor prefering men at least 175 cm (5’9″) and women at least 170 cm (5’7″).

The notice above also mentions they prefer candidates who are:

Thin
Men in good physical condition (no bodybuilders) 180 cm (5’11”)
Men with short/medium/long hair, women with long hair
People without modern hairstyles
Almería locals preferred
Natural & uniform hair colors required and no blonde, pink, purple, red, green or blue hair- only dark and brown colors.
Men should be prepared to grow out or cut their facial hair.
No tattoos permitted- staff will be checking arms and legs.

Extras will have to be available from October 10th through the 23th. While some of that time might be rehearsal, it’s safe to assume most of that will be shooting (and of course the usual prep time including hair & makeup).

With this new info, the fall location schedule is coming together. Game of Thrones is in:

Girona: September 3rd- 18th

Navarre: September 20th-25th

Peñíscola: October 1st – 9th

Almería: October 10th- 23rd

It is still unknown what storyline exactly Game of Thrones is filming in Almería, though rumors have been flying for a while now. The extras casting may throw a kink in some of those theories, as these requirements are so strict. Dothraki, Dorne, Essos at large and of course scenes that don’t require extras are still on the table. What do you think, readers?

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    1. I don’t think this is necessarily Dothraki. The last few extra callouts definitely seemed like it, but here they’re looking specifically for black or dark-Mediteranian skinned men and women. From what we saw of the Dothraki in season 1, this doesn’t exactly fit. Unless they’re trying to add more race variety into the background. I hope it’s Dorne and that we’ll see a bit more of it in season 6 than just the Water Gardens and some grasslands.

      What about Seville? Hear anything about that, Sue?

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    2. The requirement for very dark Mediterranean or black skin color is very intriguing. Of the ones we have seen already, what location will require a lot of black characters and no white or fairer-skinned types at all? Could be a coastal Dorne region (but why the need for so many people?) or somewhere in Essos, more likely. But not Dothraki, since they are not black.

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    3. Assuming Girona is Oldtown and/ or new KL exteriors (will we see Casterly Rock?) it makes sense they would film for two full weeks. Hearing that they will film for 2 weeks in Almería as well makes me think it will be a location of some importance in Season 6.

      Navarre’s red desert sands feel like Tower of Joy Dorne to me, but Almería could be a nice fit as well! Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park could be a nice coastal landing spot and the Tabernas Desert could be nice location for the Boneway or Prince’s Pass if Dany progresses that far…

      I don’t get a strong feeling one way or another for Alcazaba de Almería, but Faro de Mesa Roldán feels more like Hightower to me than Dorne….

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    4. Kay:
      The requirement for very dark Mediterranean or black skin color is very intriguing. Of the ones we have seen already, what location will require a lot of black characters and no white or fairer-skinned types at all? Could be a coastal Dorne region (but why the need for so many people?) or somewhere in Essos, more likely. But not Dothraki, since they are not black.

      The translation is not correct at all, the casting said they are looking for regular mediterraneans, dark skinned people and black people. I think is a city of Essos and/or something with the dothrakis.

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    5. Why so tall and thin?
      (Tall for women, just above average for men) seems strange.
      Maybe it’s connected with costumes so they don’t have to make a large variety of sizes. Not many fatties in Spain anyway (apart from normal weight gain due to age etc).

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    6. Dorne was terrible last season…seemed like they were just going through the motions. Be it the editing, acting, or pointless scenes….I doubt they’ll repeat the same mistakes in season 6.

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    7. we certanly see more Dorne no doubt about that, this is not the riverlands wich has a satisfactory mid point end so you can skip 1 season, this ended on a cliff-hanger

      and on a side point i don’t belive Dorne was a disaster. it was in my opinion not worst than Qarth, wich ironicly i enjoyed VERY much before i read the books, so i strongly suspect that there are many people who tought Dorne was enjoyable, but the execution was a bit wrong.

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    8. I wonder if some of the extras will be slaves manning the Volantene ships- I’ve thought for a long time that Dany would be involved In a major sea battle on her way to Westeros. Hopefully the Greyjoys will also be a part of it – Yara possibly taking Victarion’s part while Euron attacks Oldtown.

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    9. greywind’s ghost,

      honestly that’s what i think will happen, Yara will take victarions place, more so if Yara’s story to bring Theon back to the Iron Islands results in nothing in the books.

      just imagine Yara bringing that women red priest to Mareen, should be nice scenes if it will happen that way.

      EDIT: and i can see Yara worknig with Euron in the fashion victarion did, follow him because he won the throne but dont truly like him because he took your throne/slept with your wife. the only change the would have to do is make Euron work with her insted of trying to get rid of her, wich i honesty could see him doing

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    10. Mihnea:
      greywind’s ghost,

      honestly that’s what i think will happen, Yara will take victarions place, more so if Yara’s story to bring Theon back to the Iron Islands results in nothing in the books.

      just imagine Yara bringing that women red priest to Mareen, should be nice scenes if it will happen that way.

      EDIT: and i can see Yara worknig with Euron in the fashion victarion did, follow him because he won the throne but dont truly like him because he took your throne/slept with your wife. the only change the would have to do is make Euron work with her insted of trying to get rid of her, wich i honesty could see him doing

      Yeah the only alternative I can see to Yara taking Vic’s place is Euron killing her which I don’t think will happen. If she does go to Dany, it will be interesting if she makes it all the way to Meereen or if the Iron Fleet shows up during the heat of the battle, I guess that would depend on whether they want to make 7, 7.5 or (hopefully!) 8 seasons. I think the red priestess may find her own way to Meereen though.

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    11. I think there would be too but that leaked scene seems to be one that happens early in the season- I dont think there’d be enough time for them to meet at sea then have that scene in Meereen.

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    12. Mihnea:
      we certanly see more Dorne no doubt about that, this is not the riverlands wich has a satisfactory mid point end so you can skip 1 season, this ended on a cliff-hanger

      and on a side point i don’t belive Dorne was a disaster. it was in my opinion not worst than Qarth, wich ironicly i enjoyed VERY much before i read the books, so i strongly suspect that there are many people who tought Dorne was enjoyable, but the execution was a bit wrong.

      I liked Qarth myself. Please don’t kill me lol.
      Dorne on the other hand…. Just no

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    13. In other news, Hannibal was canceled by NBC, freeing up Mads Mikkelsen to star as Euron. Seriously doubt that would happen, but one can hope.

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    14. Josla,

      as i said opinions differ, i agree tough that Dorne was under used, we needed more scenes to get to now the new characters batter….etc.

      what i wanted to show is that Dorne baing the worst thing the show made is not ”fact”

      is it the weakest storyline this season? yes
      could it have been batter? most certanly
      was it as bad as some people make it? i would say no

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    15. OT: did anyone see Carice’s tweet last week!

      Carice van Houten ‏@caricevhouten · Jun 28
      All I want to say is, nobody’s received ANY scripts yet. We’re still in the dark. Just like anyone else. #gotseason6

      https://twitter.com/caricevhouten

      She also said that same day that what she said in the interview about some spectacular was referring to season 5 episode 9!

      https://twitter.com/caricevhouten/status/615278808879513600

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    16. One of the spots for Almería filming was confirmed by the mayor of the town: Mesa Roldán, in Cabreras. In that spot, near the sea, there is a small lighthouse, a tower and some cliffs near the sea http://www.lavozdealmeria.es/Noticias/86155/5/El-Ayuntamiento-de-Carboneras-confirma-que

      In our article you can see a gallery of photos of other announced (but not confirmed yet) possible spots: la Alcazaba (a castle in Almería city), El Chorrillo de Sierra Alhamilla, (desert location just like the Red Waste/dried Dothraki sea in Pechina), and the beaches of Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar, really very beautiful beaches

      http://lossietereinos.com/confirmado-la-sexta-temporada-de-juego-de-tronos-tambien-se-rodara-en-almeria/

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    17. Javi,

      I’m still not sure we will get a flashback to the Tower of Joy, but every time I look at El Torreón de Mesa Roldan (the watch tower ) and Batería de Mesa Roldán (the battery) I cannot help but think of it!

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    18. Darquemode,

      I maintain a ToJ flashback would serve not significant purpose. We only need Ned and Lyanna’s conversation. The rest is irrelevant to the show. Rather them not do it all than have the likes of Dayne as cameos who’s deaths mean nothing to viewers when in the grand scheme of things they were a big deal.

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