Game of Thrones returns to Croatia one final time for Season 8 filming!

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Before Game of Thrones comes to an end in 2019, there is still about half a year of filming to be done for its final season, even though production started back in October of 2017. Indeed, the last season may just be composed of six episodes, and yet, whether it’s measured in their scale or their runtime or a little bit of both, they promise to be big.

How big? So big that King’s Landing has never been depicted by so many locations at once: they’re not only likely returning to Spain to recreate the dragonpit and building a big chunk of the capital from scratch on a Belfast parking lot, but also going back to the city which gave King’s Landing its signature look: Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The Dubrovnik Times reports that the HBO series will shoot part of its final season in their city. Filming may take place on February, which roughly coincides with the few days scheduled for Iceland. We don’t know how much time was allocated for Croatia.

Reportedly, the showrunners were spotted with their scouting crew in Dubrovnik back in November, looking for new locations. This last time in Croatia will see the involvement of much of the main cast — Kit Harington is rumored to be among them, which would place Jon Snow back in the capital at some point in the eighth season.

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These are exciting news, and a last hurrah in Dubrovnik seems entirely appropriate. Though Malta came first, Dubrovnik depicted King’s Landing from season two onward. Other cities have helped to give life to the capital, but Dubrovnik and King’s Landing have become so intertwined that the production always returns there, even if it’s only for a few shots of its more recognizable locations, such as the city walls. However, considering many cast members are expected to take part this time, I’d say it’s fair to assume Dubrovnik will be involved in more than “a few shots” for the final season!

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    1. Is Lena Headey part of the main cast that’s rumored to film there?

      Could you tell what other cast members are rumored to film there yet?

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    2. Gigi,

      The Dubrovnik Times only mentions “Jon Snow.” But don’t worry, I’m sure we’ll know who films there soon enough, when… well, when they film there 😉

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    3. Luka Nieto,

      Oh ok. Thank You! this is interesting news though. Makes me think all the final stuff will happen in KL especially with the news that KL will be burned by dragonfire

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    4. Gigi:
      I just read the Dubrovnik times article and it says they’re most likely to start filming there in February. You should probably include that in the post

      You should probably read the post more carefully then.

      I clearly said they may film in February:

      The Dubrovnik Times reports that the HBO series will shoot part of its final season in their city. Filming may take place on February, which roughly coincides with the few days scheduled for Iceland. We don’t know much time was allocated for Croatia.

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    5. Gigi:
      Luka Nieto,

      Oh ok. Thank You! this is interesting news though. Makes me think all the final stuff will happen in KL especially with the news that KL will be burned by dragonfire

      I still personally believe that KL will be burned by wildfire. It’s been foreshadowed a number of times that those hidden caches of wildfire in KL will burn. I think it’s entirely possible that dragonfire could set off the caches of wildfire, but who really knows for sure at this point.

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    6. I’m telling everyone right here and now that the penultimate battle episode with the White Walkers will happen at KL and not Winterfell.

      Winterfell will fall and the survivors will have to scatter.

      I’m currently 70% certain this is going to happen.

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    7. Kinda off topic, but can someone let me know if there have been any significant season 8 leaks… How safe is reddit or youtube? I don’t want to look at anything if credible leaks are out (Im fine with WOTW spoiler teases, because those are fun).

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    8. HelloThere:
      Kinda off topic, but can someone let me know if there have been any significant season 8 leaks…

      There were no real leaks at all. There are some script pages that Sue confirmed are fake.

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    9. HelloThere:
      Kinda off topic, but can someone let me know if there have been any significant season 8 leaks… How safe is reddit or youtube?I don’t want to look at anything if credible leaks are out (Im fine with WOTW spoiler teases, because those are fun).

      Stay away from both to be on the safe side. A plethora of ‘leaks’ have come out in the last 2-3 months, most discredited but a few with potential. People are spoofing leaks by providing them with ‘supporting evidence’ so well so that they look real. Reddit is a minefield except on sites with a strong NO LEAKS policy, but this year so is You Tube. Several channels have shared ‘leaks’ on a skeptical, “just so you know” basis. A few have debunked some of the more ludicrous leaks. As with the X-Files, it’s possible “the Truth is out there.”

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    10. Will still be pretty cold and icy in Croatia in Feb, so perhaps spring will not have arrived again in KL when Jon Snow is in town..

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    11. i wonder if dubrovnik in february might look like belgrade in january: foggy and grey.

      winter is coming. it’s going to be a long and hard winter. there will be snow and ice up to people’s asses, and this is not what i expect dubrovnik to offer. so, what will be filmed there might be scenes taking place in an early stage of winter – or at winter’s end.

      if i’m right with the assumption of fog and depressing weather, there are two possible scenes coming to my mind they could be filming there.

      one is the arrival of the golden company. early winter, snow still on the level of the time when jamie left, and with a little help of some fog on the water a gloriuos picture of ships full of mercenaries and elephants is presented to us. just, this does not need jon snow and too many other main characters. actually.

      i prefer these shootings to be “a dream of spring”, because honestly: fuck spring! it’s muddy, it’s rainy, the days are still not long enough and we all still suffer of wounds from x-mas hysteria. the beginning of spring is actually just a dream of a real spring.

      people who know dubrovnik in feb better than me, please feel free to slap me hard in order to correct me. but i think, kit harington filming in this kind of environment is pointing to jon snow being alive and kicking in the last episode of season 8.

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    12. We were there in November and spotted who we believed were the crew (locals also mentioned it). They were taking photos of the Shame stairs and the center of Old Town. I’m glad they’re back! My guess is the wrap up for the final scenes of the finale.

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    13. Mr Derp: I still personally believe that KL will be burned by wildfire.It’s been foreshadowed a number of times that those hidden caches of wildfire in KL will burn.I think it’s entirely possible that dragonfire could set off the caches of wildfire, but who really knows for sure at this point.

      Dunderhead Cersei won’t need hidden caches of wildfire to burn (down) KL, accidentally or deliberately. She can commission the Alchemists Guild’s pyromancers to crank out high octane wildfire, just like she did in S2 before Tyrion commandered her stash.

      I’m hoping my man Qyburn (motto: “Feel the ‘burn!”) upgrades his Scorpion or modifies trebuchets to fire missiles with wildfire-tipped warheads. That will make for some cool visuals, especially nighttime scenes.
      I want to see surface-to-air wildfire missiles launched at undead Viserion exploding in green bursts in mid-air, while undead Viserion spews blue dragonfire at the anti-aircraft artillery positions in the city. Drogon can join the fun with some orange flame to make a really unforgettable light show.

      (Sorry to get carried away. I like pyrotechnics.☄️🎇🎆🎇🎆🌠💥💫☄️🔥)

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    14. HelloThere,

      Hey! No leaks talk here. Please!
      Once you mention “leaks” – bogus or otherwise – some people feel compelled to pollute the Comments section by discussing them.

      🚱🚱🚱🚱❌

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    15. Violator:
      I’m telling everyone right here and now that the penultimate battle episode with the White Walkers will happen at KL and not Winterfell.

      Ummm… This isn’t some breakthrough prognostication, you know. We’ve been discussing that scenario here for several months.

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    16. mau:
      Jon Snow will be there for his coronation 😀

      That was my first thought too.

      But equally plausible is big picture-thinking Jon facing the same quandary he faced as Lord Commander of the NW when he decided to let the Wildlings through the Wall, except this time on a much greater order of magnitude:

      With the NK and Undead Army bearing down on KL and its 1,000,000 residents, Jon will want to defend the city – even if it means saving Cersei loyalists – while he’ll get pushback from some of his allies and advisors who will adopt the same short-sighted attitude as the anti-Wildling NW brothers.

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    17. So excited by this news! Dubrovnik is beautiful and it’s only fitting they go back for the final season 🙂 Also it’s very hard to avoid filing spoilers if they’re in the old city… I bet all the cast are psyched to go back and hang out!

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    18. Ten Bears:

      I want to see surface-to-air wildfire missiles launched at undead Viserion exploding in green bursts in mid-air, while undead Viserion spews blue dragonfire at the anti-aircraft artillery positions in the city. Drogon can join the fun with some orange flame to make a really unforgettable light show.

      “The sky over Baghdad has been illuminated ”
      – First night of Desert Storm, 1991 (CNN)

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    19. Ten Bears,

      In this specific case, I would rather expect Jon running into problems because Cersei, rather than because of Sansa or some of the northern lords or Knights of the Vale. If he comes to the aid of KL (which he will definitely do), Cersei would hardly meet him with open arms – rather with an open trap.

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    20. Inga,

      Except I think Cersei’s luck is about to run out. She double-crossed Jon & Dany, as well as Jaime, on the assumption that the WWs will decimate the North first, and then she can mop up whatever’s left.

      Whether NK sends a splinter force to keep the North busy while he takes the bulk of the undead south; bypasses WF completely; or battles the well-armed, well-prepared North to a stalemate, I still think Cersei is in for a big surprise when Team NK shows up astride a wight dragon and close to 100,000 zombies, with 1,000,000 more potential recruits jammed in a concentrated area. For NK, it’ll be like shooting fish in a barrel.

      As far as I know, Cersei’s got no VS weapons or dragonglass. I’m assuming she’s got the Alchemist Guild pyromancers cranking out fresh wildfire, but as Bronn warned in S2, defenders of the city flinging wildfire are just as likely to burn it down.

      I just figure there’s no reason for Jon to go south unless it’s because he realizes that adding 1,000,000 undead to Team NK means game over. For everyone.

      At that point, what kind of “trap” could Cersei spring on Jon? Unless (and you may well be right) she keeps the Golden Company in reserve to ambush Jon & his allies when they try to come to the rescue. I’m hoping the 20,000 Golden Company guys either turn around and head home when they see the undead army, or get zombified themselves. *

      * Because (dons tinfoil suit 👨‍🚀🤖👷🏻) I am still holding out hope for Zombie Elephants, 🐘🐘🐘🦏🐘🐘🐘, having given up on wight chickens for Sandor to fight 🐓🐓🐓👻.

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    21. Ten Bears,

      Yes, the Golden Company may play a role in taking Jon prisoner, if that is to happen. I Imagine, that Jon will come to KL either by ship or on a dragonback leaving most of his remaining forces behind. Either way, Cersei will be able to lure him into the Red Keep to discuss the defense stategy, for instance, and put him into chains with the help of the Golden Company and/or Gold Cloaks. And she has her Frankenmountain, too.

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    22. Violator: I’m telling everyone right here and now that the penultimate battle episode with the White Walkers will happen at KL and not Winterfell.

      Um…you mean ‘ultimate’ battle episode, correct? If not, what location do you think will be the site of the final confrontation? ‘Penultimate’ means ‘next-to-last.’

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    23. Inga,

      Jon, a prisoner? I don’t see it…
      Not with six episodes to go.
      Plus, Cersei would lop off his head right away – particularly if she gets the memo that “he’s never been a bastard; he’s the heir to the Iron Throne.”

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    24. I’m currently watching S1 again and Kings Landing looks so different, was it shot in Malta rather than Dubrovnik? There are palm trees in the outdoor scenes and it looks very arid.

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    25. Wow I’ve just read the bit where it states Kit was there, if he’s making it back to Kings Landing then I’m assuming it will be for coronation in the final episode!!!

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    26. Gigi:
      Luka Nieto,

      Oh ok. Thank You! this is interesting news though. Makes me think all the final stuff will happen in KL especially with the news that KL will be burned by dragonfire

      Seriously what, is that a spoiler? Please use spoiler tags, some of us are trying to stay unsullied!!

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    27. Inga: f i’m right with the assumption of fog and depressing weather, there are two possible scenes coming to my mind they could be filming there.
      one is the arrival of the golden company. early winter, snow still on the level of

      I’m lost by why exactly would Cersei take Jon as a prisoner and why would he go back to Kings Landing again given the White Walkers have passed through the North, this makes zero sense.

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    28. Although I never been to Croatia I would imagine snow is very rare even in winter, normally it will get cold and cloudy but snow on the coast is unlikely and probably unpredictable.

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    29. Does anybody know until when approx. they will film in Croatia?
      I am going on a holiday there to all of the filming locations in the last 2 weeks of March, it would be amazing to meet some of the cast and see a bit of filming, even though they film fake scenes, I’d love that.

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