Behind the scenes of Game of Thrones season 6 filming in Spain

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We have yet another season 6 treat this afternoon: a special featurette was released today, going behind the scenes of this season’s filming of Game of Thrones in Spain. The 3 and a half minute video was created for Spanish networks as a teaser for a longer behind the scenes feature that will air closer to the season 6 premiere, later this month.

The video takes us into the filming in areas such as Girona, Navarre, Peñíscola, Almería and more, and shares new cast interviews with stars such as Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Tom Wlaschiha, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Iain Glen, and Michiel Huisman. One hiccup: they’ve been dubbed over with Spanish, as you might expect. We’ll try to get a translation. For now, enjoy the sights and connecting the dots between locations, sets and locations of Westeros and Essos.

Update: A translation of the video is now available and posted below the cut!

Update #2: The captions have been added to a copy of the video and embedded below.

Update #3-  4/13: HBO has uploaded the video in English. We’ve embedded it below!

Be warned there is the potential for spoilers- we can see a few short scenes happening that do confirm some earlier set reports we received.

Update:

SerPodrick has provided a translation of the dubbed voiceover/interviews in the video, and given us permission to repost them here!

Translation:

One of the best achievements of our show is the combination between what’s real and what’s not. That’s what distinguishes our show from a lot of things, because we try not to separate from reality.

Peter Dinklage: If everything was special effects, we would be on a set right now, instead of the meditarrean coast of Spain. We need this on our skin, the sun, the old castles built by the Moors. I have Spanish dust between my fingers right now. You can’t get that on a set.

Bernadette Caufield: Spain is so massive. Its locations, its views. We could do a kind of itinerant show this year. We had so many new worlds to visit, we went from the north side of Spain to the south.

Chris Newman: We had five different locations in five different cities. In the north, a little more green. In the south, a little more desert. The Dothraki we had in Spain were great.

Peter Welter: We started the trip in Girona. We were there for two weeks, in the city centre. Because Girona is a nice city, a really beautiful city.

No One: Yeah, we went to Girona. It’s a beautiful medieval city. A perfect setting for Game of Thrones.

Welter: From Girona we traveled west many kilometers to Bardenas Reales, a desert and mountainous landscape.

Emilia Clarke: In the show we see beautiful deserts. It was very funny, incredible. The last scene was a blast. Beautiful.

Welter: From there we went to Castillo de Zafra, in the middle of nowhere, in a place called the Spanish Siberia, because it’s one of the coldest places on Spain.

Isaac Hempstead-Wright: The location was absolutely unreal. It looked like a set. From that place you could see these huge plains, like the ones in Africa. It was the most incredible place that I could imagine working.

Welter: From there we went to Peñíscola. It’s an old coastal town. A rocky town located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. After Peñíscola, we moved here, the last place of the five in which we will work. But it’s not the last location, because we’re going to film in Almería, where we are right now. We have another five different locations.

Michael Huisman: I lost track of so many different locations. But each sequence of GOT has a couple of very stunning moments. And being here, on the outskirts of Almería has been for me one of these shocking moments.

Iain Glen: It’s been good coming back here. I never lose that thrill as an actor. I had it in a lot of movies. But in this show the level is exceptional. What the people built. The passion with which they work. And we have very committed extras.

Emilia: Last year, the level of extras we had here in Spain was amazing. This year happened again. I never met more hard-working people, happy about being there. They infect everyone on set. It’s a display of happiness, trust and security. It was a joy.

Welter: The show being back to Spain is very important for this country. Given the dimensions of GOT, everyone loves it, the people worked very excited. Wherever you go, that’s the way it is. And it’s a pleasure, a joy being part of it.

Update #2:

SerDuncanTheTall has added these captions to the video itself now for easier viewing:

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    1. That dany dress emilia is wearing so looks like that blue dress from season 3. I’m not complaining though, I’m excited about the dothraki storyline and thats the dress from that leaked pic we had in september or october I guess, and the color/material is totally dothraki. Though for S7 I hope she wears her house colors when she arrives in Westeros.

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    2. Kargaryen: I hope she wears her house colors when she arrives in Westeros.

      Yes. I can’t wait to see Emilia in Black & Red. Maybe it’ll bring out the violet in her eyes…

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    3. ToJ looks soooo badass in that video…not what I’d imagined…maybe better. It feels like Christmas.

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    4. umuckurlife,

      Don’t think they will bring out, the purple eyes. Unusual or bright eye color doesnt work well in media it lacks expresivity. But id totally see her wearing red and black.

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    5. There is a dragon head in that scene with Tyrion, Missandei and Greyworm filmed at Mesa Roldan.

      I totally could picture it as the last shot of the season. All the Meereen company looking at the horizon, a fleet by the sea, ready to sail to Westeros.

      Anyway I hope it’s the last season in Meereen, Dany has to realise all this stuff at Slaver Bay is a dead end.

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    6. nicnavfer,

      I know…still, a guy can dream. They should have originally made her eye color more like a pool of deep dark blue where only in certain light did it truly appear purple, like Egg’s. Though, that probably wouldn’t have worked either.

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    7. I guess it’s confirmed that the ToJ vision will be Bran’s since Isaac Hemstead-Wright filmed at Castille de Zafra.

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    8. nicnavfer: I totally could picture it as the last shot of the season. All the Meereen company looking at the horizon, a fleet by the sea, ready to sail to Westeros.

      Hmm….. now that would be a great season ender. Everyone by the sea, ready to set sail (i.e. those not going by air……. 😉 ) But why would Missandei still be wearing that same dress?

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    9. I’m sorry, but the Dothraki are possibly the most boring people on GoT. Dany’s first three, or six, episodes are going to be boring as hell.

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    10. nicnavfer:
      There is a dragon head in that scene with Tyrion, Missandei and Greyworm filmed at Mesa Roldan.

      I totally could picture it as the last shot of the season. All the Meereen company looking at the horizon, a fleet by the sea, ready to sail to Westeros.

      Anyway I hope it’s the last season in Meereen, Dany has to realise all this stuff at Slaver Bay is a dead end.

      I don’t see any way they can end this season with Dany and crew still in Mereen. No chance. I’m pegging the finale’s final scene as Dany sailing for Westeros.

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    11. I don’t think they already shooting the scene where they are heading to Westeros no. When they were filming at Mesa Roldan (that place Tyrion and Missandei are in the video) there were reported news from spanish sites saying

      some master from yunkai were there as well, and there was a conflict between them. Emilia was reported as being there too though not sure it’s confirmed because the picture was blurred. But If we assume she was there and take the scenes from the trailer/teaser it looks like that dothraki horde is approaching Meereen so I’d guess Dany and her dothraki horde arrive to save the city by episode 09 and leave by episode 10

      .

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    12. At 0:32 there is a dragon head at the bottom right corner of the screen … GET HYPE AHHHHHHHHHHH

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    13. Girona is a beautiful city, and older than Medieval. The Jewish baths, for one example, built during the time of ancient Roman Empire, are amazing. And don’t get me started on the long steps leading to the church. And the iron bridge designed by Eiffel…

      But enough torturing myself — gotta get back there soon, it’s been too long.

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    14. Kargaryen,

      IIRC, there was a podcast by L7R for the first trailer and apparently they say that

      the dothraki charge that we see in the trailer is from Ep 10. It looks like the Meereen issue will not be solved till the finale. My guess, Dany heading out of Meereen to go to Wetseros could be the season ending scene.

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    15. SerDuncanTheTall,

      Its a pity the English sound track on the video wasn’t fully muted and then overdubbed with just the Spanish translation?

      I can understand Spanish. I live in Spain (the Canary Islands) and speak it 24/7 with my family, but its really off-putting when you can hear the original sound track only slightly decreased in volume below the overdubbing.

      BTW, You have made a good job with the English subtitling. Pretty much word for word… Un buen trabajo y bien hecho mi amigo 🙂

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    16. Becca:
      Bran’s actually gonna be *in* the tower of joy vision/flashback, huh.

      He’s probably going to be in all the visions, which makes sense as that’s the best way to get him to show a reaction and convey his thoughts via talking to Bloodraven about it. The books may handle that differently, but it’s easily the best way for the show. It’s also going to make for a nice surprise when

      the NK suddenly grabs his arm

      as the audience will think no one can interact with him (which will still be true for everyone else).

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    17. Didn’t we see a blonde woman (probably a Dany body double) at the spot where Tyrion, Missandei and Grey Worm are in this preview in set photos last fall? Seems to me Dany will show up there.

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    18. Emilia: *talking about beautiful deserts*
      Emilia: “The last scene was a blast. Beautiful.”

      I’m probably looking way too much into this, but if that last scene she describes actually is her last scene of the season, could she be arriving in a blasting, beautiful desert? Asshai? PLEASE D&D!!!

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    19. @Dragonmcmx
      I’m pretty sure what she is talking about is the huge night fire scene in Vaes Dothraki, from which we say photos and where according to set reports Dany will once more walk out of a fire unscathed, and presumable win the Dothraki to her cause in that scene.

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    20. Tobin,

      I very much doubt that. The rumor that Dany is immune to fire really shouldn’t be around anymore, for the simple reason that it’s not true. GRRM has confirmed this.

      Besides, that would be a tad too predictable for my taste. I’ve had enough of Dany winning people over with her plot armor liberation powers. I want her story to go elsewhere for a change.

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    21. Plus, didnt she got burned a second time by Drogon in the Books?
      I remember her Hair catched Fire again when he burned her and that everybody thought she was burned to death.
      They could just switched this to the Dothraki in the Show, while nobody in Meereen thinks shes dead…Dunno if I remember that correctly…

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    22. Furiosa:
      Plus, didnt she got burned a second time by Drogon in the Books?
      I remember her Hair catched Fire again when he burned her and that everybody thought she was burned to death.

      No, she didn’t “got burned” by Drogon. This is what happens between Daenerys and Drogon:

      Drogon roared. The sound filled the pit. A furnace wind engulfed her … If I run from him, he will burn me and devour me … Drogon roared full in her face, his breath hot enough to blister skin …

      In the smoldering red pits of Drogon’s eyes, Dany saw her own reflection. How small she looked, how weak and frail and scared. I cannot let him see my fear. She scrabbled in the sand, pushing against the pitmaster’s corpse, and her fingers brushed against the handle of his whip. Touching it made her feel braver. The leather was warm, alive. Drogon roared again, the sound so loud that she almost dropped the whip. His teeth snapped at her.

      Dany hit him. “No,” she screamed, swinging the lash with all the strength that she had in her. The dragon jerked his head back. “No,” she screamed again. “NO!” The barbs raked along his snout. Drogon rose, his wings covering her in shadow. Dany swung the lash at his scaled belly, back and forth until her arm began to ache. His long serpentine neck bent like an archer’s bow. With a hisssssss, he spat black fire down at her. Dany darted underneath the flames, swinging the whip and shouting, “No, no, no. Get DOWN!”

      Daenerys is roared at with very hot breath, and Drogon shoots fire at her, but she avoids the latter. She doesn’t escape uninjured though:

      Her skin was pink and tender, and a pale milky fluid was leaking from her cracked palms, but her burns were healing.

      Her hair also largely burned away, though it’s unclear when that happened in the chaotic sequence of events in the pit. Trying to keep GRRM consistent, I would say the breath was hot, very hot, but not burning like fire, and Daenerys’ naturally heightened resistance to heat protected her against Drogon’s breath. Her injured hands almost certainly come from ripping out the red-hot spear from Drogon’s back – proof enough Daenerys is not completely immune to the dangers of extreme heat.

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    23. I wont watch this video just yet

      But your comments make me excited!

      Edit: Like I wasn’t excited before… hahaha. I meant: EVEN MORRRRRRRREEEEEEEE EXCITED

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    24. Whoa! The Producers on this show are aging like a President. I think I saw Peter Welter in the Day in the life segment in the DVD extra last year & he looked much younger there. & Chris Newman is going full Dumbledore here. I guess their brilliance is taking a toll on them. But the locations they scout out on the show are simply breathtaking.

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    25. Tobin,

      To be fair, GRRM never confirmed that Dany wasn’t immune
      He confirmed that Targaryens weren’t immune

      But iirc, he might’ve said something along the lines of Dany’s birth of the dragons was an altogether magical event, which means it doesn’t prove shes totally immune, but only was immune at that moment in time because of the magic.

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    26. Mihnea:
      If she does turn out to be immune to fire, the meltdown will be great LOL.

      I think the current spoilers that we have for the season indicate that the show will once and for all answer the question “Is Show Danny immune to fire, or not.” Book Danny may be a different question.

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    27. ?????:
      I’m sorry, but the Dothraki are possibly the most boring people on GoT. Dany’s first three, or six, episodes are going to be boring as hell.

      Shoo…before someone drops a house on you too…..

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    28. Kay:
      Sansa’s Knight,

      Yep. LukaNieto and I talked about it in the other thread a bit. It could be Drogon, or it could be one of the other two (R or V), if he/she likes to hang around with Tyrion!

      Off-topic, totally: for anyone who is a fan of the new Star Wars films, the first trailer for the coming “Rogue One” film came out this morning. Looks very promising.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wji-BZ0oCwg

      1. Look at Tyrion’s Dragon! I’m getting all Verklempt!!

      2. Felicity Jones looks like she’s going to kill it in that role. “I thought this was a rebellion?….I rebel.” LOL

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    29. Nobody is going to mention that Jaqen H’Ghar went to Girona and thought it was a beautiful town? #FacelessMenFieldtrip. The Devil went down to Georgia, and the Faceless Men went to Girona.. xD

      Seriously, it’s the first time I’m looking at actor interviews when they’re in their costumes, but obviously not in-character and I believed he was still the character. Just imagine what a Faceless Men fieldtrip to Girona would be like.. xD The coke I was drinking literally fizzled out of my nose.. xD Congrats Tom Wlaschiha.. You made my day.

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    30. Mihnea:
      If she does turn out to be immune to fire, the meltdown will be great LOL.

      Yes. 😀 One of many regular meltdowns I am expecting this season, starting from Episode 1. As well as the “show butchering GRRM’s vision” type rants.

      George: 2. Felicity Jones looks like she’s going to kill it in that role. “I thought this was a rebellion?….I rebel.” LOL

      Truth! She seemed to fit in nicely into the role judging from the trailer. I am developing girl crushes on the new SW female main characters, Rey, Jin.

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    31. Wish dany would just get her ass across the narrow sea. Not much fire and blood been happening just marriage and political rubbish.. burn them all like ageon did. And stop messing about .”with fire and blood I will take it” well that hasn’t happened since her getting the unsullied. BORING

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    32. Jacob Green,

      She will arrive when she and her dragons are ready. What’s the point in arriving in Westeros with vulnerable teenage dragons? They’ll be killed. Like Benioff said, Drogon was hurt in the pit because he didn’t have his impenetrable adult scales yet. Something tells me he will have those by the time Dany arrives.

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    33. Alexandre Laframboise:
      Isaac pretty much confirms what was needed to know.
      Anticipating Visions!~

      The trailer does too! You can see 3-Eyed Crow standing in the same place where the Tower of Joy is! You can see the dead bodies behind him at 1:23

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    34. Mihnea,

      I don’t see why people have an issue with this. The show can make her immune or not make her immune. Why do people get so upset? It’s either magic (or some recessive gene that not all Targaryens have) that she is immune or magic that she was immune that one time … either way it is magic … There are for the most part now two different stories with some of the same major events … people should enjoy … if TWOW is published in the next year or two … it will be a slightly (or more than slightly) different story so you can enjoy the differences between the two and you won’t be reading a long the exact same story that was visualized in Season 6 (and 7 depending on when TWOW is published).

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    35. Darkrobin,

      Some may not like that they made her to ”special” this complains I can understand, I don’t share the but I do understand.

      But the bulk of anger and yelling will come from the same group it always comes from.
      And their reason, as always:”It’s different in the books”, to these people I have no sympathy and actaully I’m glad they change it sometimes, just to see these people rage.

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    36. Maybe, if Sansa goes to castle black (which it really doesn’t look like she will do but we are only seeing what they want us to) Tormund will follow her as an ode to Jon and the benefit it will have of getting his people further south. Or something.

      We know that Davos goes from castle black to Bear island and then Winterfell, and we know the wildlings end up there with him as well. Since we saw Sansa at house Mormont probably in the same shot as him we can conclude that Davos, Sansa and the wildlings might have started out together, no?

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    37. Ygritte:
      Maybe, if Sansa goes to castle black (which it really doesn’t look like she will do but we are only seeing what they want us to) Tormund will follow her as an ode to Jon and the benefit it will have of getting his people further south. Or something.

      I agree that the Wildlings will go to Winterfell, possibly with Davos and/or Sansa, but they’ll go there with the one they started to call “King Crow” last season, the one that saved them in Hardhome. Why would the Wildlings involve themselves in a war against the Boltons, much less fight side by side with Northern Houses?

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