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!