Game of Thrones Season 7 Spain and Iceland Featurette — With new footage!

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With a trailer and a featurette on costumes, season 7’s arrival has never felt so real. Now, via Movistar, one of the Spanish broadcasters for Game of Thrones, we have yet another behind the scenes video focusing on location filming in Iceland and Spain!

If you look for it, there is some new footage in there as well, so beware of spoilers!

The video was originally only available with an Spanish dub, but an original version has surfaced. Though at a lesser quality, now you can hear the voices of the cast and crew:

Kit Harington, aka Jon Snow, sums up the experience of filming in these places best: “It just gives it a sense of reality.” Harington describes the feeling of actually going to these amazing places and finding they live up to what the scripts describe. Peter Dinklage (that is, Tyrion Lannister) concurs: for him, getting to see these extraordinary places is the best part of his job. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) emphasizes how great it feels to film against a real background instead of green screen all the time.

Producer Frank Doelger underpins the importance of location filming in a show such as this, as the characters are defined by the world they inhabit. He is backed by Chris Newman, who adds that it’s worth it to find the perfect place, even if it’s difficult to film there, all for the sake of authenthicity — Newman is ecstatic to get back to it every year, and getting to be shocked by the scripts. Producer Bernie Caulfield loved getting to go to Iceland herself, at long last — though they got to film there in previous years, she never went before, and she was utterly impressed. Newman contrasts Iceland with Belfast, which is beautiful as well, but can’t match Iceland’s arid, snow-white land. Harington and Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane) wax poetic about the wild, magical lighting and terrain, which makes it perfect for the lands beyond the Wall.

Meanwhile, Spain is a whole different story. Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, has nothing but praise for the country. According to her, any part of Spain “kind of takes your breath away.” Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) and Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) talk about how it doesn’t even feel like work to film in such a place. While discussing a particular Spanish setting (implied to be Itálica), Jerome Flynn (Bronn) explains how epic and out of time it felt, as if it didn’t belong in the real world. Producer Duncan Muggoch claims they weren’t sure they would return to Spain for season seven, as it all depends on the needs of the script, but they were excited to see they would have to find all new locations throughout Spain. Indeed, both him and Caulfield remark on the sheer geopgraphic variety they were able to find in Spain, from the Northern coast to the medieval Moorish and Christian castles in Southern Spain.

In the end, you may find that the images are of far more interest than the interviews. For example, at last we get to see the Itálica amphitheater ruins turned into King’s Landing’s dragon pit, as well as Daenerys in Malpartida, where the large battle sequence will take place. If you have a keen eye, you may notice other interesting details as well!

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    1. This was so cool, I wish it wasn’t dubbed over but I imagine they’ll release the English version soon enough. Loved that we got to see a lot of Team Dany, seeing Bronn in some different costumes was good too, Jon was a cutie. The locations were all breathtaking.

      The outfit Dany

      was wearing in the Dragonpit (which is EP 7 I believe) I noticed was the same one she wore in the HBO ad with all the actors doing “ooh” it’s got wool underneath so it must get a lot colder from the beginning of the season to the end of the season.

      I can’t help but wonder if they were meant to release that now or if the English HBO is like Oh Shit right now, you did it too early lol

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    2. Mel:
      I can’t help but wonder if they were meant to release that now or if the English HBO is like Oh Shit right now, you did it too early lol

      HBO Nordic released the same video, without the dubbing, so I guess it was intentional. Though HBO Nordic has been known to fail before, lol. It’s region locked, but I’m sure someone will reupload the English version soon!

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    3. Can’t blame the cast for gushing about the locations. Money well spent, HBO! Can’t wait to see them on TV this summer.

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    4. It all looks so beautiful and I’m sure it will look stunning on screen.How cute did Jon look with all that snow??.But after his latest northern adventure I hope he gets to nap for at least a week lol.

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    5. Everything’s so beautiful. I am sure episodes 4 and 6 are going to be absolutely stunning visually.

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    6. This show has made me truly want to visit Iceland. It’s on the bucket list. (Travel Channel is giving away a trip, by the way.)

      Can’t wait to see these locations on film!

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    7. Mel:

      The outfit Dany

      was wearing in the Dragonpit (which is EP 7 I believe) I noticed was the same one she wore in the HBO ad with all the actors doing “ooh” it’s got wool underneath so it must get a lot colder from the beginning of the season to the end of the season.

      Iam still hoping that there is an event that is supposed to happen at dragon pit which hasn’t been leaked and will come as a surprise ..so that we can also be surprised and awed the same way the cast was in thatpromo

      Me particularly would like

      Cersei and mountain taken out by dany and drogon in some way like she did in now his watch has ended a.k.a dracarys episode

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    8. I’m so glad for them to be able to go and work in such beautiful places.
      Luka, I’m sure you watch the featurette in a different way than me, because you can recognize places you know, but remodel them in your mind to suit the show.

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    9. Beautiful. I wish I could be a bit more creative with my adjectives, but there are really no other words. It can’t be easy on the production team scouting, prepping, and filming in these grand locations – sometimes under great time pressure and less-than-ideal conditions. But God, the final product is worth it! Hats off to everyone involved.

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    10. Shy Lady Dragon,

      Oh, I have no problem immersing myself into the world. I have personally been to Zumaia and taken lots of photos even, but right now when I see Zumaia in the promo pics, the trailer and in this featurette I just see Dragonstone 🙂

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    11. FPF,

      It’s region-locked; no one outside of the target Nordic countries can see it… which is the reason we didn’t use that version in the first place 😉

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    12. Mel,

      I wouldn’t worry, as a non-spoiled person I have no bloody idea what part of that footage is supposedly “spoilery”. It’s only those who know what’s coming that would be able to figure it out…

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    13. It is amusing that the House Targaryen sigil gets some brightness in it’s red, but they are dogged in giving Dany , not even Wine, but almost darker than Mahogany.
      Big surprise this season would be see if Dany gets to wear a Targ crown.
      Jon seems to have more ‘bulked’ up winter clothes than season 2 , maybe everyone will… interesting to see Dany’s north of the wall furs.

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    14. Kindda weird to see Nikolaj in character at 1:22 – with his right hand back where it belongs! 😉

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    15. Loving the sort of ice cave they seem to be filming in at one point – Iceland just looks unbelievably stunning. I have been to Spain a few times and hope to go again, and I really need to get round to adding Iceland to my “must visit” list.

      I can’t wait to actually see this on screen.

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    16. A YouTube channel uploaded the non-dubbed version with them discussing it after, if anyone wants to watch it. It finishes at 4:05 and the rest of the video is them talking

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    17. Wow, we are getting super spoilt considering the premiere is only a month away.

      I’m fortunate enough to have visited Iceland a couple of years ago, such a unique and beautiful country, loved it there and would recommend to all.

      With all this information coming out, I feel we’ll get the episode one title and pehaps a synopsis next week.

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    18. Boojam,

      I miss the long hair now. Free the curls Jon Snow! Also, and don’t ask me why, but Cercei was more interesting with longer hair. I must have been a hairdresser in a previous life lol.

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    19. At 3.42 there’s some footage of a few characters standing in a kind of snowy gully, with someone blocking their way and a film crew behind them. The figure blocking their way looks kind of huge. Possibly a giant/wight-giant up beyond the wall?

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    20. ygritte:
      Boojam,

      I miss the long hair now. Free the curls Jon Snow! Also, and don’t ask me why, but Cercei was more interesting with longer hair. I must have been a hairdresser in a previous life lol.

      ygritte,

      You are not alone. I too miss Jon Snow’s long hair as well as Cersei’s.

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    21. Ada Kale,

      I’ve noticed that too and it was in line with the “Story in Cloak” where we saw giant costumes being made. The interesting thing that these were full size costumes. I’m not an expert, but as far as I understood they used to enlagre and insert giants by means of CGI and therefore their costumes should have been of normal size. But the ones we saw recently were much much bigger which implies that there will be some interaction with them. So, I wonder how they are going to make those giants? Are they going to use some kind of robots or something? Anyway, it’s insane how much work goes into this show.

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