Extras casting under way with Navarre confirmed for Game of Thrones season 6

Bardenas Park

With scouting moving to Almería in Spain, we had counted out Bardenas Reales Natural Park in Navarre as a possible location for season 6 Game of Thrones filming. The semi-desert was reported as being considered a month ago for this season’s shooting. As it turns out, we were wrong about it being too similar to Almería for both sites to be used!

Just yesterday, Modexpor International, who handles the GoT extras casting in Spain, posted an announcement on their Facebook, confirming that casting is now underway for extras in Tudela, Navarre.

Navarre Call

The announcement says that extras casting for Navarre will be held tomorrow, July 4th, in the city of Tudela at the Jesuit College, starting at 8:00 AM. (Located less than an hour from the Bardenas, Tudela is the second largest city in Navarre and makes sense as a base for production in the area.)

According to the announcement, Modexpor International is searching for 800 men and 400 women, aged 18-65, with very dark or Mediterranean coloring. They’re looking for people without modern hairstyles, and the men must be in good physical condition, though it does say “NO bodybuilders.” Men must be at least 175 cm (about 5’7″) and women at least 170 cm (about 5’5″). Men may need to let their facial hair grow out, and no tattoos are permitted on anyone. They’re asking for locals, people who live in the area of Tudela, to attend this casting.

Extras will be working from September 20th through the 25th.

Given the specificity of the casting call and the terrain, it looks like the people of Navarre will be standing in for the Dothraki Daenerys encountered in the Game of Thrones season finale. Almería is reportedly still in the mix and many are hoping its southern semi-desert will be the site of the Tower of Joy scene, if it happens.

Any other theories about the Navarre casting?

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    1. aurane waters,

      Doubt it. They’re filming in a sort-of-desert, probably for the Dothraki, considering the requirements of the casting. Dubrovnik will still be King’s Landing, for example. Still, they’re certainly diversifying things: they’re filming in four Spanish locations (Girona, Pensicola, Almería, Navarra), two in Macedonia (Prilep and Ohrid), as well as the usual four in Croatia (Dubrovnik, Split, Klis, Sibernik.)

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    2. Very intriguing. This certainly sounds like the Dothraki, and it follows that the Dothraki will be quite important in at least some scenes/episodes next season. Otherwise they wouldn’t go to so much trouble. I’ve read quite a lot of internet speculations that the show would skip Daenerys’ Dothraki interlude altogether to hurry her on to Westeros. It seems to be just the opposite. At this late stage in the show, it must mean that somehow the Dothraki will play a part in the end-game, especially perhaps in Essos, and that Essos is equally important in the end game as Westerosi feudal power struggles. The Dothraki were big in Season 1, so it would also be a nice symmetry to bring them back as the show nears the end.

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    3. Daughter of Winter,

      Apparently Watchers on the Wall confirmed it as a fake. Sorry about that. It was on the GoT wiki and I assumed it was right. The source, however, was a British tabloid… not exactly the most reliable of sources.

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    4. Yeah, the Macedonia report was bull.

      A few sources have told me that the Croatian filming is dialed back a lot this year, I mentioned it in a previous post. It’s not unreasonable to speculate some of it may shift to Spain. Or they’re just not doing a lot of King’s Landing exteriors.

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    5. Thoughts on Nell Tiger Free returning to Belfast?

      I’d assume they need her for post-boat-death shenanigans, and not because she’s not actually dead.

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    6. I see in the Twitter sidebar that Nell Tiger Free says “Belfasting” with a plane emoji. Have we already speculated about this? Is there another job that’s feasible or is she… I guess she could be playing a corpse.

      Edit: Oops I see in the previous thread.

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    7. Kay:
      Very intriguing. This certainly sounds like the Dothraki, and it follows that the Dothraki will be quite important in at least some scenes/episodes next season. Otherwise they wouldn’t go to so much trouble. I’ve read quite a lot of internet speculations that the show would skip Daenerys’ Dothraki interlude altogether to hurry her on to Westeros. It seems to be just the opposite. At this late stage in the show, it must mean that somehow the Dothraki will play a part in the end-game, especially perhaps in Essos, and that Essos is equally important in the end game as Westerosi feudal power struggles. The Dothraki were big in Season 1, so it would also be a nice symmetry to bring them back as the show nears the end.

      Both the books and the show make such a big deal about the Dothraki refusing to cross the sea, that I always figured that meant one day they would.

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    8. Not sure what part the Dotgraki have to play but it really brings Danaeryss story full circle and there’s something nice about that.

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    9. The sheer scope of this production is amazing. It never fails to floor me how they manage to coordinate so many people in so many places. Wow.

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    10. goodkinghenry:
      Not sure what part the Dotgraki have to play but it really brings Danaeryss story full circle and there’s something nice about that.

      They have thousands of warriors so I always thought they would help in the fight against the ww

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    11. WeirwoodTreeHugger: Both the books and the show make such a big deal about the Dothraki refusing to cross the sea, that I always figured that meant one day they would.

      Perhaps if Drogon and sibs are flying overhead, the Dothraki will overcome their fear of the water and sail across the narrow sea and fight the WWs. But I do believe they will return to Essos in the end. Perhaps establish a city near Vaes Dothrak where they will settle down?
      EDIT: Also, it would be immensely ironic if after “guarding” the Wall for thousands of years by people of the North, it was the Dothraki who had to go and fight the WWs to save Westeros.

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    12. Josla,

      Dothraki in harsh winter conditions in Long Night? Good luck with that, because their horses would die pretty quickly. Eliminating their biggest advantage. Heck even widlings would have a big problem survive that.

      They’re important for Dany. Just like widlings for Jon.

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    13. H.Stark,

      Some of those walls would be a great place to film certain parts of Sunspear; that is, if the Dornish capital is in any way relevant in Season 6 / TWOW.

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    14. Reported set locations have looked pretty interesting visually so far. And I am a bit surprised how much looks potentially Dothraki related. Of course Dany is not going to leave immediately and Season 6 Dothraki and its locations are probably going to look much better than in Season 1 but I guess I did not consider that previously. Or maybe some sets are for Dorne but I do not know who we would be following there. I think we see Dorne again is Season 7 if we do.

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    15. Chinoiserie,

      It’ll be fun to compare Vaes Dothrak from Season 1 to Vaes Dothrak from Season 6. In season one we got a very far away and uncentered establishing shot, and then very unconvincing “streets”. I imagine season six will offer more impressive sights.

      There’s already a big difference only with the Khalasars. Compare the shitty lines of horse-mounted Dothraki stretching into… not really the distance, in Season 1; there never were more than a couple hundred, at most. At the end of Season 5 we got to see a true Khalasar and it was awesome.

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    16. We seem to be headed for a widening out rather than full steam ahead dynamic with season 6. The northerners, iron born, Oldtown, Mereen politics, Dothraki.

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    17. Geralt of Rivia:
      Josla,
      Dothraki are important for Dany. Just like widlings for Jon.

      And as whores are for Tyrion.

      I’ve thinking about it, but with more and more reports for other locations coming in, I’m really beginning to feel as if D&D/Hbo are done with Croatia’s pious attitude. They knew what kind of show this was from the onset, and start to complain now.. The production will just look elsewhere.. Aside from losing established basis of operation, I may just make general operating and production a lot simpler.

      As for this series being more focused on the Dothraki/Essos/Dorne side, it’s just those place we need new locations for. Literally every notable other region can realistically be filmed in Northern Ireland (or lol, Iceland – it seems so long ago). Oldtown perhaps bein the only exception from the three mentioned above.

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    18. Hi,

      do you know if they are doing international casting sometimes or it’s only local?
      I live in Canada and me and my brother would like to be in GoT, but it’s impossible for us to travel just like that if the casting is in 2 days…

      Do you have some tips?

      thank you

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    19. Geralt of Rivia,

      Of course, I agree with you regarding the horses, but considering the fact that there are thousands of wights to fight I don’t see it too farfetched to think that those couple of thousands dothrakies are going to come pretty handy.

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    20. Your math is off on the height restrictions:

      Men: 175 cm is about 5′ 9″
      Women: 170 cm is about 5′ 7″

      So basically, only the taller half of the population. I wonder why?

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    21. Josla,

      Yeah, dothrakies would be pretty handy against walkers, because they have numbers… but without their biggest advantage(horses), it would be tough. Dany would have a great numbers, when they come, but she and her crew knows very little of white walkers, winter and how tu survive that. That’s where Jon(I hope) and his crew comes in. I expect hm to unite widlings and North people.

      Ser Oromis Locke: And as whores are for Tyrion.

      True that.

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    22. They’re looking for several sites in Almería apparently. The Alcazaba, the Mesa Roldán lighthouse, desertic sites in Tabernas and El Chorrillo de Sierra Alhamilla, and the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park as well.

      They also mention that some of the scenes will require the presence of a large number of horses, so it’s definitely Dany and the Dothraki.

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    23. This makes sense. The Dothraki will be yet another group who will fall down and worship Dany, and most likely cross with her to Westeros, so they’re important. The Unsullied bit of her army doesn’t seem to know what winter is, but the Dothraki would, as they would have a real winter in the Essosi plain, I think.

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    24. Can anybody maybe list the filming locations and what parts/locations they are filming or in some cases, could be filming? I’ve read so many rumors and stuff it’s almost hard to keep up with. Thanks.

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    25. Nicolas,

      LOL dude, this was like a post last week where a U.S. fan was complaint about the shooting locations. U.S./ Canada have no buildings or locations with the required, architecture, history or relevance. Why on earth would/should GOT be shot there?

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