It was only this morning that we got our first look at the final touches at Trujillo Castle before filming started. Now it has —And, despite the high walls, there is plenty to see! In the pictures from today’s shoot, you’ll get to see one of our favorite knight duos, Ser Jaime and Ser Bronn, standing watch over the walls of a Lannister held-stronghold.
Please consider the following contains season seven spoilers. You have been warned!
Along with them there was someone who may be an extra but looks like a British actor. He has that je-ne-sais-quoi —a Britishness, an actorness. Does someone recognize him?
Later, filming started and we can see Jaime and Bronn in their familiar getups. While their soldiers stand watch and work, the knights have a talk on the battlements:
One of HOY‘s photos may go unnoticed, but it is quite revealing, as it shows Lannister men holding their flags, probably to plant them on the castle and mark their conquest:
All the evidence points to Trujillo Castle being a particular stronghold. The last photo paints a clear picture, especially if considered along with Los Siete Reinos reporting the soldiers were seen taking the barrels we previously saw in the caravans, which the Lannisters will use to take their booty from their enemy’s sacked stronghold… Only to then be fatally ambushed by a certain someone. We’ll have to wait and see if this location doubles as Casterly Rock (as we suspect might have happened with Almodóvar del Río), but there is now little doubt Trujillo Castle is being used for Highgarden’s walls.
Nevertheless, the camera placement shows we won’t see more than the castle’s walls and courtyard in this scene. As usual, much of the stronghold will be “built” via CGI. What’s more, the show’s faraway castle panoramas are always entirely artificial, whether it is a matte painting or, now that they can afford it, a digital 3D model. If you need a visual cue of the stark difference between location and finished product, just take a look at Castle Ward Estate, where Winterfell was initially filmed. It doesn’t quite capture the ancient enormity of Winterfell, does it? Neither do Almodóvar or Trujillo capture the grandeur of Highgarden. Please, don’t be quick to judge a stronghold by its location!
Tomorrow, Game of Thrones travels at long last to nearby Malpartida, with three days at Las Breñas and three weeks at Los Barruecos, for one of the season’s crucial sequences; The Lannisters will be returning to the capital with all the Highgarden treasures they “collected” in today’s shoot when the much-teased ambush against them will take place. Then, what are likely to be King’s Landing scenes will be filmed in the Old Town of Cáceres for about a week… And by Christmas the production will have left Spain!
So, despite initial reports of a three-day shoot at Trujillo, that likely included prep-time; Some crew members may stay to film actor-less scenes of the castle tomorrow, but Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jerome Flynn have no time for another day’s work at Trujillo. Along with James Faulkner and perhaps others, they must go to Malpartida, where the longest and most exciting sequence shot in any of the Spanish locations awaits!