Game of Thrones prepares three sets at Diocletian’s Palace for season 5 filming

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Reader Jessa B. visited Diocletian’s Palace today and was able to sneak some pictures of three sets in the midst of construction as preparations are underway to begin filming Game of Thrones season 5 at the historical site.

The first set will appear quite familiar, as it was seen in Daenerys’ last scene in season 4. A stone staircase is being re-installed in the cellars as well as stone slabs to cover small doors along the wall.

Slight spoilers after the jump!

The builders revealed that the ‘queen’ will be seen fleeing up the steps and will be quite distressed, presumably after paying a troubling visit to her dragons.

Game of Thrones season 5 set at Diocletian's Palace

Game of Thrones season 5 set at Diocletian's Palace

The second set is marked only with ‘dragon door back’. A mural is in its beginning stages that will make the hall seem much longer than it is, and a large round stone similar to the one used to shut the dragons in is resting beside a door, hinting that this will be exactly what it’s marked as: a door to the dragons.

Game of Thrones season 5 set at Diocletian's Palace

Game of Thrones season 5 set at Diocletian's Palace

Jessa was told that the third set will be used for a tavern scene in episode 5. The set includes pillars and beams identical to those seen at Klis Fortress, and a number of props including barrels, torches, and tables are waiting in a nearby corner.

Game of Thrones season 5 set at Diocletian's Palace

Game of Thrones season 5 set at Diocletian's Palace

Filming at Diocletian’s Palace will likely begin any day now, as the Game of Thrones crew is scheduled to be there September 8th through 16th.

Our sources tell us that Emilia Clarke, Michiel Huisman, and Ian McElhinney were all on set in Klis over the weekend, and it’s likely that Nathalie Emmanuel joined them, as she recently shared two pictures from Split.

Blaire: Huge thanks to Jessa for the amazing pictures!

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    1. I loved seeing the sketching of the archways that will later appear in the dragon’s cave. Seeing the beginnings of art always makes me wonder how it will look when its finished. Oh btw, that ‘dragon door’ sign’? That would have come in handy on a few Dungeon and Dragon games back in the day….

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    2. Peter was spotted in Split over the weekend as well. There were several tweets about it, including one by a girl who was a slave extra. She tweeted about seeing him and the Dany cast… I’m new to this site so I’m not sure if this has already been discussed…?

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    3. Hmm if Dany does have a

      fleeing from unruly dragons scene

      , it will be in line with that alleged “leaked script” on Facebook, which I had been dubious of…but now maybe to a lesser extent.

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    4. Ohh man, it’s the dragon vault, right?

      What I really want to know is whether or not Trystane will replace Quentyn in the Martell Flambé scene since there’s still no sign of a Quent casting.

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    5. Lion of Night,

      Thank you!

      House Ray,

      I’m so sorry, I really can’t find it anymore. :s It may have been fake but it sounded pretty legit, I think it was in the comment section of a post here on WotW but I can’t find it for the life of me. It was a few weeks ago. Anyone?

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    6. Lou:
      Peter was spotted in Split over the weekend as well. There were several tweets about it, including one by a girl who was a slave extra. She tweeted about seeing him and the Dany cast… I’m new to this site so I’m not sure if this has already been discussed…?

      The last picture of Dinklage I recall seeing was a few days ago from Toome. If there were some from Split, I missed them. Welcome to the Wall! 🙂

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    7. Lion of Night,

      Exactly what I thought. First the Volantis thing, now this. The supposed script summary seems more likely by the minute. From what I remember, it’s very encouraging, since it’s got Kevan and Lancel in it, which I didn’t expect at all.

      Then again… it could still be just fan speculation. It’s not like all that stuff couldn’t just be guessed, honestly. Some of it is some the books, some of it is the kind of adaptation we would expect, some of it anyone could get from the casting and filming information.

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    8. Lion of Night,

      I think he’s making guesses, some of them are correct and some of them aren’t. I was expecting a scene where the dragons get whacky in the vault, don’t know about you. The whole thing screams of fan speculation- that fan definitely follows news and that means he knows a lot more than the average person does (and is probably mostly correct in his assumptions), but so do we. Our speculation would be just as good as his.

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    9. Bott:
      Lion of Night,

      Thank you!

      House Ray,

      I’m so sorry, I really can’t find it anymore. :s It may have been fake but it sounded pretty legit, I think it was in the comment section of a post here on WotW but I can’t find it for the life of me. It was a few weeks ago. Anyone?

      If someone had actually seen a script, they would have taken a photo to prove that they are not making it all up, rather than just writing it all down.

      In the words of senator Vreenak from ST: DS9 – “It’s a FAAAAKE! ”

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    10. Bott,

      I wouldn’t bother, there was nothing special in it. Basically just:

      Jaime and Bronn go to Dorne then turn back when Jaime sees Myrcella and Trystane are in love (and all this happens before the Queenmaker plot). The rest is things he took straight from the auditions with a pinch of inconsistencies and incorrect information (such as Jaime fights Tyene). If there is any doubt about the facebook “leak” being fake, there’s none about that Jaime leak.

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    11. jentario,

      I was expecting a scene where the dragons get whacky in the vault, don’t know about you. Isn’t that confirmed in this very post where they talk about Dany fleeing up the stairs after a bad encounter with the dragons, so that’s right on target.

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    12. Dame Pasty,

      Kinda, but certain things we knew made me assume it would be this way.

      We knew Illyrio may not appear and that YG/Aegon most likely would not appear. Having internalized that, I didn’t considered it weird that Varys would tell Tyrion about their target, or that Varys would escort him there. Even if Illyrio and Aegon were included, you should set up what’s up for Tyrion pretty early on: Meereen. Then, Tyrion will get somehow separated from Varys and Jorah will kidnap him, and the rest will be pretty similar to the book, I imagine. The show does best with a couple of people traveling and bantering with each other; from Tyrion and Varys to Tyrion and Jorah. That’ll be the focus, I’d bet.

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    13. There is also someone at westeros.org claiming to be an extra as a freed mereenese slave and that he saw

      Dinklage and Conleth Hill with the Mereen Crew, but not Ian Glen. This kind of contradics the filming on the Toome or their scenes are not meant for Mereen, but for Pentos

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    14. b00ndesn00b,

      I’ve looked over that thread and I can’t find where he said that. If he DID say that then it’s not implausible that they’re filming some Pentos in Split too.

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    15. LukaNieto,

      Jorah worked for Varys before, maybe he hooks up with them again, ‘cos Varys convinces him,

      but hoping to trade Tyrion, son of Tywin who did Dany’s father over during Robert’s Rebellion, for forgiveness? Maybe Jorah captures them both to trade to Dany. Maybe Varys will be filling in for Penny… he is a Mummer after all. Or maybe they are just filming some Pentos there and Varys and Tyrion are split up.

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    16. LukaNieto:
      b00ndesn00b,

      That seems very strange. Maybe Varys IS accompanying Tyrion all the way to Meereen. But then how does Jorah fit in? Do you have a link to that claim?

      maybe Varis & Tyrion travel together until they see a brothel where only Tyrion goes in and encounters

      Jorah

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    17. jentario,

      Yeah, the one that stood out to me the most as speculation when I first looked at it was the

      Unsullied/whore scene

      , as that has always seemed to be a fan favorite for minor scenes *wanted* to be seen in S5.

      Dame Pasty,

      More than the pacing in that outline, I thought that only 3 locations being featured was pretty weird.

      Whomever wrote it though, clearly has a decent understanding of what has to happen next season and what a streamlined TV version of that might look like.

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    18. lucy,

      That actually looks pretty solid (I especially cannot wait for the impact of the Tyrell’s “filling the power vacuum” after Tywin’s death – if the showrunners are as good as I think they are, the sense of the Tyrell’s being everywhere will be overwhelming).

      Also, simply because it is clear that Tyrion and Varys are headed for Meereen in the first episode, it does not follow that they will get there quickly (after all, Slaver’s Bay is pretty far away…). This is D&D reducing the aimlessness of Tyrion’s wanderings, so the audience doesn’t wonder where the heck they are going (and why they are going there).

      If accurate, these script summaries sound like good adaptation.

      Though I am still eager to hear more about Bran, and something about the Greyjoy line of succession…

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    19. Annara Snow: If someone had actually seen a script, they would have taken a photo to prove that they are not making it all up, rather than just writing it all down.

      In the words of senator Vreenak from ST: DS9 – “It’s a FAAAAKE! ”

      Such an apt quote! Especially so as despite it being a fake, things still sorted out as Sisko and Garak wanted. So even if the script is a fake, it may end up being not a fake and accurately describing the events set to occur? Maybe?

      😀

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    20. Lol , I love the fake corridor , I didn’t even know they still did stuff like that now , I would have assumed it would all be computer generated.

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