Game of Thrones filming began yesterday at the gorgeous Muriola Beach, in Basque Country’s Barrika with major cast members on the scene and season 7 spoilers surfacing already. Season 7 filming continues today with the show’s stars, with new details coming to us courtesy of Los Siete Reinos. We also have a fantastic new batch of photos of the set over in Zumaia on Itzurun Beach, thanks to WotW’s Luka Nieto.
As you can see, the Game of Thrones crew is working on a wooden wall that may be covered with the flysch props pictured below.
A sort of metal beacon has been added to the set now as well:
The flysch-like prop pieces: Flych is the unique rock formation that Itzurun Beach is renowned for, that you see in so many of the photos of the beach.
The walls and floors have been painted and dirtied up substantially, making them look aged, grayer and considerably more Westerosi compared to their earlier versions. In their current state, I can easily see this site as Dragonstone.
Thanks to Luka for his traveling and reporting from the location!
Now that the sets are taking shape and almost ready for filming, we just need more actors. Luckily, they’re turning up too. Kit Harington has finally arrived in Bilbao, after days of rumors that he was due/had already arrived. It’s not the best photo of him we’ve ever seen, but that’s definitely Bilbao, and his locks are unmistakable, so we’re comfortable confirming: Jon Snow has landed.
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Nathalie Emmanuel has also apparently been spotted:
@yeahclarke we have seen missandei ??
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Conleth Hill and Jacob Anderson have also been seen, so the gang’s all here!
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Another photo posted yesterday offers more of a puzzle. A local photographer shared a picture of someone spotted on set who looks to be an actor, but so far, no one has identified the individual. Any thoughts?
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As for the current filming, this information coming up next contains spoilers, so Unsullied beware! The post beyond this point contains spoilers:
Los Siete Reinos has a report on the filming that took place yesterday on Muriola Beach in Barrika. As they explain, the morning scene consisted of Davos, Gendry and Tyrion landing on shore, but later on they shot a completely separate scene that actually takes place possibly in a different location altogether.
The later scene involved gold cloaks approaching Davos and interrogating him. Tyrion is also present. What follows is a short struggle with the gold cloaks, during which Davos is taken into custody. However, a character dressed in red enters the scene and frees Davos- this turns out to be Gendry! After that moment, the three of them flee from the gold cloaks in a boat.
Given that the gold cloaks are involved, at this point, it’s virtually a given that Muriola Beach is not only Dragonstone- it’s also playing the role of another of Westeros’ shores, likely a beach along the Blackwater.
Update: raw footage of filming of the scene has turned up, taken by an onlooker. Thanks to Gravemaster for linking us to it! With the video, we can now understand the scene. It appears that Davos and Gendry are together preparing the boat to leave when two gold cloaks approach. Davos demonstrates that the boat is innocently empty by pulling back the tarp. He appears to then bribe the gold cloaks, who turn to leave, but just then Tyrion appears. The gold cloaks see Tyrion and come back- perhaps they recognize him or suspect he’s Tyrion Lannister, the most famous dwarf in the world? Davos tries to talk to them again but but the guards are grabbing at their swords. That’s when Gendry intervenes, picks up his warhammer (!) from the boat and striking them down from behind. Then Davos, Tyrion, and Gendry push the boat offshore and get the hell out of dodge.
Gendry. Warhammer, the instrument of his father. I’m having a lot of feelings. Just watch the video!
More than likely, one or both of the gold cloaks were the “City Guard” mentioned in this casting call.
L7R also says that filming in Zumaia will actually begin next Monday, ahead of schedule, and that in addition to the Itzurun Beach scenes previously mentioned, they also plan to shoot a nighttime scene involving an arrival onto the beach.
Back in Northern Ireland, well-protected filming continues in Moneyglass. The location is primarily the home of the Winterfell set, so it’s intriguing to see this particular actress on site. New photos taken outside the set yesterday show Ellie Kendrick, in her Meera Reed costume, being escorted into a vehicle. A small detail- Ellie was spotted with snow on her boots before being taken to the set in a 4×4.
Unless Game of Thrones has pulled a fast one and started using the same site for other scenes, after using it for only Winterfell for quite a while, this indicates Meera is arriving at Winterfell. And where Meera goes, usually Bran goes too. If we’re correct in making that connection, that means Bran is going home.
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