Game of Thrones casting in Malpartida brings fresh news!

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The line of extras in Malpartida. Photo: EFE/L.S.

Extras casting in Spain kicked off yesterday in Malpartida, Cáceres, with as many as 8,000 people showing up for the coveted spots in Game of Thrones season 7. Hoy reports that some applicants even spent the night waiting in line with friends, with some people lined up since mid-afternoon the day before.

ModExpor International stated in their initial casting call that only 2400 men and 600 women will make the cut in the first day and receive an invitation for further screening. Today, ModExpor is continuing their screenings for men, according to their  Facebook. Ultimately, only 450 people from the Cáceres region will have the opportunity to become extras in the new season.

Los Siete Reinos has details on the process with a few season 7 spoilers, as friends of the site personally went through the process in hopes of becoming extras.

As they explain, the candidates are examined to see if they pass the basic requirements asked for in the casting notice we saw: no visible tattoos, no modern hairstyles, etc. Some of the extras were asked if they’d be willing to shave their heads as well as their beard. After this preliminary stage, the would-be extras are measured and fill out the paperwork, hoping they’ll be chosen for the final round.

Their report has solidified some of our suspicions, with their newest spoilers concerning Spain filming. The filming in Los Barruecos of Malpartida will be a battle in which the Unsullied take part. They’ve also learned that HBO’s people have been searching for a large number of horses to use in these action scenes in Malpartida. Horses points toward the Dothraki, though it is possible at this point that the horses will be used in Cáceres city, as well.

If the reports are all correct, we could be seeing a huge battle with the Unsullied and the Dothraki taking on an enemy. I’m wondering if this battle is connected to the one we reported on September 8th, being filmed on studio sets last week. If they’re separate, well we’re in for another action-packed season!

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    1. good luck, on whoever gets cast!

      Here’s a question: I was re-watching the second TOJ scene. Ned runs into the bedroom and leans Arthur Dayne’s sword against the footboard of the bed. The camera lingers long enough to show the Morning star on the hilt(?). Whatever happened to that sword? Did Ned take it back to Winterfell? Does Howland Reed have it? There’s another White Walker killing sword that seems to have gone missing. My thinking is, it’s going to turn up, or the long lingering shot wouldn’t have happened. Any thoughts?

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    2. Dany’s army invade King’s Landing and Cersei will blow up the whole city now with wildfire. Dany’s whole army will be destroyed. Only her dragons remain. After that she, Tyrion and a few remained character goes to the North to save Jon’s and his northener army’s ass. She destroys all the White Walkers and their army. And the last episode = the marriage between them. Of course meanwhile this, Jon’s true identity will revealed, but he stays Snow for ever. End of story.

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    3. thorne garnet,

      In the books,

      Ned goes to Starfall ( Daynes’ castle) to returns the sword to his family, his sister Ashara.

      .
      On the show, we don’t know yet. The show will probably focus on it only if it turns out to be important.

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    4. r-hard,

      Given that Cersei has already used wildfire to blow up the Great Sept, there’s no way Dany would be unaware of the threat (also, they retconned that Tyrion knows about it from Jaime). I can’t imagine she’d commit all her soldiers like that.

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    5. Cersei will probably burn the rest of the city with wildfire but I kinda hope thats before Dany and her army arrive. Tyrion knows Cersei has wildfire, so I don’t think they’d approach the city without having that as a real concern.

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    6. When viewing articles on iphone I get 2 picture ads in the middle of the text and one sticky banner below with an x at the corner. Does everyone have that or do I have some virus. Very annoying because when the page is loading everything keeps shifting and I end up clicking ads.

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    7. Good but there is hardly going to be any fighting if it is KL..because cersei will blow it up when she learns dany is marching ..

      Maybe this could be the scene which D&D talked about ..

      Red Viper,

      The prophecy does not speak about that at all..it speaks about pulling lightbringer from fire or waking dragons out of stone under the bleeding star..

      And even then jon didnt born under bleeding star…lyanna died under bleeding star.

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    8. thorne garnet:
      good luck, on whoever gets cast!

      Here’s a question: I was re-watching the second TOJ scene. Ned runs into the bedroom and leans Arthur Dayne’s sword against the footboard of the bed. The camera lingers long enough to show the Morning star on the hilt(?). Whatever happened to that sword? Did Ned take it back to Winterfell? Does Howland Reed have it? There’s another White Walker killing sword that seems to have gone missing. My thinking is, it’s going to turn up, or the long lingering shot wouldn’t have happened. Any thoughts?

      That sword, Dawn, isn’t Valyrian steel though and other than being said to be similarly strong it’s not known if it has any special properties against them. It was forged from the metal of a fallen star. Ned supposedly returning it to House Dayne in the books is a bit of a side note. It may become important or possibly D&D just focused on it as a fan service.

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    9. Requirement to shave heads and beards definitely screams Unsullied – looking forward to seeing them AND Dothraki in combat together. We got a little taste of the Dothraki in battle in 609 with the Battle of Meereen, and I’m excited to see them team up with the Unsullied.

      Thinking back to that batch of casting calls from a few weeks ago, I am sure that there was a part that sounded a bit like a Dothraki military leader – maybe that will be linked into this battle?

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    10. Jenny,

      Most obviously, if Tyrion knew about all that wildfire, why didn’t he use it at the Blackwater? And in Season 2 he was rather obviously surprised at the existence of so much wildfire in KL, so much that it prompted him to devise a new strategy using them. And, of course, if he knew about all the wildfire, why didn’t he do anything about it?

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    11. Red Viper,

      You are right. Both Marwyn and Maester Aemon speak of the tptwp prophecy “born amidst salt and smoke beneath a bleeding star”
      There was no salt and smoke on the show during Jon’s birth though. You could say the salt came from Lyanna’s tears, there was no smoke though.
      But we don’t know how much of the prophecy from the books will make it to the show, whether salt, smoke, bleeding stars will matter at all. The show has seriously downplayed that aspect so far.

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    12. Sean C.,

      Well most obvious explanation is Jaime told him after he came back to King’s Landing in season 4.They were close during that time and he had already told one person so found it easier to open up.

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    13. Jenny,

      I’d still call it a retcon, as nothing indicated Jaime was telling anybody about it at the time. I’m not saying it’s a big deal or anything, that just it’s something the writers came up with because they wanted to have the story of the wildfire restated before Cersei actually used it.

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    14. Speaking of prophecy, I wonder why no one here has consider this line from book as sign of bleeding star:
      “A storm of rose petals blew across a blood-streaked sky, as blue as the eyes of death.”
      That’s from Ned’s pov when he was thinking of Lyanna dying.

      It’s only in the book tho. But we got Dawn being shot near Lyanna’s bed on the show. I don’t think it has the same meaning, but…whatever ?

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    15. Rhaenys Stark,

      Perhaps this video is from last year? I really can’t see them devoting any screentime to Daario/ Essos with so little time left. Also can’t see them keeping the set intact as they ripped the Baelor Sept to pieces before they’d even finished shooting S6 (which was hard to watch- I loved that set!)

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    16. Jon is tptwp born amidst salt and smoke. When he was ressurected Davos “Sea”worth was in the room (salt) and Melisandre placed bits of his hair into the fire and we saw smoke. The camera lingered on the flame in order to show us the smoke.

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    17. I am assuming Dany’s ships are destroyed by Euron so this is the final battle where she attempts to take kings landing by foot and dragon but surely Cersei is going to hit back with wildfire and decimate a lot of Dany’s forces.

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    18. Rhaenys Stark,

      that’s a shot from season 4. you can google and find the same picture. right down to dany on the balcony in the blue dress.
      we can all breath now. i want to be so very done with meereen, also.

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    19. Jaynee D.,

      If you click on the link you’ll see some other allegedly new pictures. I don’t know if it’s legit but the source seems serious enough.

      Apollo,

      Maybe they rebuilt the set recently? I really hope this source is wrong…

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    20. ghost of winterfell,

      The blood came from the birthing bed.

      Bleeding star – Dawn coated with Dayne’s blood (sword made of a falling star + The Sword of the Morning)

      The tears came from fans who waited 20 years for R+L=J

      The smoke from my house because I left some pastries in the oven too long when the episode was airing.

      POTTERY! 😛

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    21. thorne garnet:
      good luck, on whoever gets cast!

      Here’s a question: I was re-watching the second TOJ scene. Ned runs into the bedroom and leans Arthur Dayne’s sword against the footboard of the bed. The camera lingers long enough to show the Morning star on the hilt(?). Whatever happened to that sword? Did Ned take it back to Winterfell? Does Howland Reed have it? There’s another White Walker killing sword that seems to have gone missing. My thinking is, it’s going to turn up, or the long lingering shot wouldn’t have happened. Any thoughts?

      Multiple people from House Dayne in the novels state that Ned returned the sword to their castle-seat at Starfall.

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    22. *sigh* about that possible S7 spoiler.

      Meereen again, seriously? I hope those are old pics. Meereen/Daario is worse than the SS at this point.

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    23. For those who can’t see Meereen in S7.

      Though might be excessive, I can imagine the presumable decimation of Dany’s fleet having some unwanted consequences in the Dragons’ Bay too – Daario may decide to ally with the former masters and proclaim himself King of Meereen or similar. If they decide to show it on screen, so be it.

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    24. A friend of mine almost got cast as a Dothraki. He has long hair and beard, and is reasonaly fit, but he was rejected because he has a tattoo that was visible bare-chested. The casting guy said it was a pity as he was perfect for a Dothraki.

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    25. This.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      Mia:
      Jon is tptwp born amidst salt and smoke. When he was resurrected, Davos “Sea”worth was in the room (salt), and Melisandre placed bits of his hair into the fire and we saw smoke. The camera lingered on the flame in order to show us the smoke.

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    26. Looking at the pictures of Los Barruecos it looks like a battle on relatively open terrain, so it could be in the Stormlands or the Reach.

      I don’t see what the point of a battle in Dorne would be, unless the Lannisters have already taken it.

      But it doesn’t sound a particularly productive use of the remaining screen time to have Daenerys’ army reclaiming her allies’ lost territory rather than claiming new territory of her own.

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    27. Rhaenys Stark,

      i followed the link and looked at the pictures. one of them shows ser barriston standing next to dany. he’s dead.
      i don’t think these pictures are recent. i’m sticking with my idea that they are probably from season 4. but that’s just my opinion.

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    28. Flayed Potatoes,

      This is how it has become ..

      No matter what is happening in The show …

      People will all be calling Jon TPTWp and find a salt and smoke and bleeding star anywhere ..
      Or simple say the things they can’t find as show simply avoiding it..

      Except ofcourse people are blind and incapable to look past Jon in the series

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    29. dragonbringer:
      Flayed Potatoes,

      This is how it has become ..

      No matter what is happening in The show …

      People will all be calling Jon TPTWp and find a salt and smoke and bleeding star anywhere ..
      Or simple say the things they can’t find as show simply avoiding it..

      Except ofcourse people are blind and incapable to look past Jon in the series

      Just my opinion but in the books it’s fairly obvious the TPWP is Jon although I would acknowledge that it could also be Dany – GRRM likes to keep us guessing. The show for me just makes it more clearer that it’s Jon.

      I assume you are one of those who believes it’s actually Dany?

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    30. dragonreborn,

      Why use Chrome on IOS? Safari is far superior to Chrome in iDevices.
      Heck even before I got a mac, I used Safari on my PC instead of Chrome. Gave me much better download speeds. Chrome was once awesome, but in recent years it’s crap.

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    31. Jon Snowed,

      Yes I do ..its not because iam a fan of her but there is strong evidence and sensible explanation towards her..

      the fact there is so much versions and theories of salt and smoke and bleeding star lightbringer and nissa nissa regarding Jon and how it keeps changing after each week and episode is just proof enough how hard people are trying to fit him in that…and its annoying as hell

      I wish sue will be getting a spoiler about Mel hearing about dany …that will be so much to see how she and this fandom will react ..

      I don’t know what makes you think the show has made clear Jon is one…infact I would say they have made the opposite they have shown that they need help of dany after how they ended hardhome ..and there’s this whole spiral imagery between them…

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    32. dragonbringer:
      Jon Snowed,

      Yes I do ..its not because iam a fan of her but there is strong evidence and sensible explanation towards her..

      the fact there is so much versions and theoriesof salt and smoke and bleeding star lightbringer and nissa nissa regarding Jon and how it keeps changing after each week and episodeis just proof enough how hard people are trying to fit him in that…and its annoying as hell

      Why though, Why get annoyed if other people believe Jon could be AA/tptwp? We can all have our theories. The story is not over and we do not know anything conclusively yet, so why shouldn’t people believe it, especially when he has been connected to the prophecies in both books and show.
      Dany is the one who has already fulfilled most of the terms and people in-universe also believe her to be the chosen one. Whereas in Jon’s case there have been only have been hints, so obviously there is stronger evidence towards her. However those hints towards Jon in both books and show are there for a reason (he is too big a character to be just another Stannis, i.e., just another red herring where prophecies are concerned) and people are trying to guess them, as to how he fits into these prophecies. What’s wrong in that.
      You obviously believe that Jon is just a red herring and that Dany is going to fulfill every single prophecy in this story all by herself. Others don’t. Until we find out for sure, we can all have our theories. Cheers.

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    33. ghost of winterfell,

      I don’t know maybe because we can’t get pass any scene without someone shouting its nissa nissa moment or salt and smoke or bleeding star ..
      Remember this season started with everyone claiming that Mel removing her dress is nissa nissa moment..how many times it have been changed as season progressed

      And lol at claiming Jon as red herring…I never did anything like that I always said he maybe part of the prophecy but speaking about how big a character he is and how he can’t be a red herring..its intersting that this is not applied to dany and easily claim her as red herring..

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    34. dragonbringer:
      ghost of winterfell,

      I don’t know maybe because we can’t get pass any scene without someone shouting its nissa nissa moment or salt and smoke or bleeding star ..
      Remember this season started with everyone claiming that Mel removing her dress is nissa nissa moment..how many times it have been changed as season progressed

      This is a bit of an exaggeration. No, people don’t Nissa Nissa or whatever at any and every scene. Here the topic was about whether Dawn with blood on it could pass for a “bleeding star”, which imo is a reasonable question.
      And as for theory about Mel being Nissa Nissa, that was all it was, just a theory. So what? That’s why we come online, to discuss these theories right.

      dragonbringer:
      ghost of winterfell,

      And lol at claiming Jon as red herring…I never did anything like that I always said he maybe part of the prophecy but speaking about how big a character he is and how he can’t be a red herring..its intersting that this is not applied to dany and easily claim her as red herring..

      Read this thread. The discussion happening was about whether a bloody Dawn could mean “bleeding star”. Nobody mentioned Dany, nobody said she is a red herring or that she is not tptwp or whatever.

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    35. Let me just say that the name of the sword is DAWN. The sword of legend is called “lightbringer” and ends the “long night.” What else ends the night and brings the light? DAWN.

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    36. ghost of winterfell,

      No its not an exaggeration at all it happens with every scene which is even remotely connected with the words salt smoke bleeding star and baring chest ..

      Here the topic was about whether Dawn with blood on it could pass for a “bleeding star”, which imo is a reasonable question.
      And as for theory about Mel being Nissa Nissa, that was all it was, just a theory. So what? That’s why we come online, to discuss these theories right.

      And I was replying to why these theories are annoying because they are unconvincing and it has became a joke changing the contents every week ..

      So only this thread applies to the discussion we are not allowed to bring in the past comments …
      The content of the prophecy and events of TOJ does not match ..
      In the same thread there are other theories like seasworth equals to salt ..

      I didn’t claim Jon as red herring and yet you said I did and want dany to be everything where its not at all true..
      If anything the fans of Jon snow can’t see past him .

      Let’s just agree to disagree

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    37. Drogon666,

      I like how chrome shares my bookmarks on all of my devices and the connectivity of google account with everything. I’m so used to it now. I use iphone, ipad and macbook but there’s something about safari that keeps me away from it. I can’t put my finger on why 🙂

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    38. I do wonder sometimes that people get too fixated on a number of things such as lightbringer being an actual sword, TPTWP=AA=Jon/Dany who are born/ re-born amidst smoke and salt etc.

      I believe that the majority of these legends have the same origin (i.e. refer to the same person) and this is heavily implied in the books. These various legends have simply been distorted by the various people/ cultures of Essos and Westeros.

      What we should also consider is that these legends are 8000 years old and will have evolved heavily over the millennia, so the words (and meaning) will have been greatly distorted.

      Not to mention the fact they’ve come from several languages (the old tongue, valyrian etc.) and so could easily be lost in translation. For example: salt in the old tongue/ Valyrian may have the same meaning as rock, or sand (or even ice) way back 8000 years ago. So we really shouldn’t be expecting to see AA/ TPTWP being born in a salt mine whilst someone’s puffing on a packet of Camel lights. 🙂

      Lightbringer could well be a sword but I really doubt it-it’s a metaphor. It seems clear (at least to me) that the dragons (or at least Drogon) may be lightbringer. And that doesn’t mean that I believe Dany (or Jon) to be AA/TPTWP…there’s no reason why they can’t both fulfil the prophecy/ies. In all honesty I don’t believe we’ll ever find out who this is in the show or the books- it’ll likely be left for the reader/ audience to make their own interpretation.

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    39. The Dothraki are utterly boring to me. Khal Morro or whatever hi name was, we just started getting to know and he was interesting, yet gets killed off right away. Daario is very boring. He lacks a certain something and it makes him one dimensional. I have no hype for the S7 prob because it’s just too far away right now and so far any spoilers (I don’t really expect cool ones at this point yet tho) are about Dany’s nameless barbarian horde and that miscast imo Euron character.

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    40. Rhaenys Stark:
      S7:

      Yeah, I don’t think “recent” is accurate on those. They may have received them recently but those are the kind of photos taken when a set is first completed. Including an image of Daenerys sided by Jorah and Barriston just adds to the “old” in them. It looks more like click-bait than anything. I’m not ruling out a Meereen scene, even if it does seem like a waste of time, but those images don’t prove it.

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    41. Mia,

      Someone else had and interpretation of that scene:
      The bleeding star = The sword “Dawn” soaked with the blood of Arthur Dayne.
      The salt = Ned and Lyanna’s tears
      The smoke = The lie that Jon is Ned Stark’s bastard.
      “Promise me Ned” = The prince that was promised.

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