New Game of Thrones set photos building a stage in Girona

Photo: Marc Marti

In an article from The Daily Girona,  fresh photos show the crew hard at work building a new set for Game of Thrones Season 6! The Daily Girona is reporting that the show is building a stage for a theater.

Possible spoilers/speculation under the cut!

The Plaça dels Jurats is being transformed to fit the setting of what looks to be part of Braavos.

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The preparations of filming continue to move through the Old Quarter of Girona.

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As previously reported, set photos taken outside Girona’s Bany Arabs have turned the setting into a marketplace-type atmosphere.

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Assumptions have indicated that this stage could be the set for Izembaro’s theater from A Dance With Dragons.

For the full article and photo gallery, head on over to Diari de Girona (The Daily Girona)!

What are your thoughts on these new photos? What are your speculations? Let us know in the comments below!

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    1. Life is but a stage…
      Now if we only knew the players! XD

      Who knew we were being spoiled with new cast info the previous years, but by comparison to this production season we certainly were…. Bring on new cast info!

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    2. Assumptions have indicated that this stage could be the set for Izembaro’s theater from A Dance With Dragons.

      Nitpicking: I know Izembaro and his mummers were mentioned in ADwD but it is not until the “Mercy” chapter from TWoW where the theatre and stage is fully fleshed out.

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    3. Mr Fixit:
      JCDavis,

      The only Dworkin I know of — at least I think that’s the name as it’s been a long time — is a character from Zelazny’s Amber series.

      Correct. Dworkin is THE originator of the pattern and the trumps, the father of Oberon (Oberyn 😉 ) and grandfather many times removed of Corwin. He is talked about a lot in the books, but the first time we see him is when he accidently makes a trump to Corwins jail cell under Amber and Corwin follows him back through to Dworkins cell, talks him into making a trump for the Light House of Cabra, which is how he escapes.

      Nine Princes in Amber. I can’t recommend them enough. And it is time for a re-read myself.

      Sorry about the change of the “H” word on first post, I thought to do something a bit more whimsical and maybe fun.

      Making the 8

      Definitely worth the read, but so are the Covenant books.

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    4. The stage makes me think of an execution scene….just my first impression. It kind of reminds me of Ned’s beheading. Is it possible that there is a KL execution coming up? Girona is standing in for some of those scenes, no?

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    5. With the Mercy chapter already half completed, sort of, with MT’s demise, who will be Arya’s target now? Skinny man? Perhaps Aliser Thorne goes to Braavos to negotiate with the Iron bank, or even one of the Bolton’s. I know send Walda Frey Bolton, Arya will take care of Ramsey’s dilemma for him.

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    6. you snow nothing,

      Be funny if Sam arrives home just in time for Dad to hang some commoners.
      Actually really looking forward to the reunion hoping it can be as powerful as the Tywin stag skinning scene

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    7. When are we going to see some decent leads that Oldtown is in? None of the castings or locations so far are enough to assume Sam will reach his destination in the show.

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    8. if this is for braavos then i wonder of it’s towards the middle of the season or towards the end? if it’s the former then we might find out what happens after arya goes back to finish the play. if it’s towards the end then they stretched out her storyline making me think that arya is the same as dany in that they need to be kept away from weteros and grow until they are needed.

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    9. Sword of the Morning,

      I personally don’t imagine them writing anything rape-related in Arya’s storyline after the Sansa scene controversy.

      I guess it will be a completely different play. Maybe Ned’s execution or something.

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    10. tyjon,

      I doubt they’re going to try to replicate that setup. They already did the “Mercy” character plot point, so it would be redundant to do it again, and Arya’s list on the show has only a handful of names on it, none of whom are likely to show up in a Braavosi theater.

      Like I said over in the earlier thread, while I doubt the show can afford to spend a lot of time in this setting, I do hope they have at least some fun with the idea of a theater production based on events in Westeros.

      jentario,

      Yeah, that is a pretty notable gap. Though it may be, as we’ve been speculating, that McShane is playing Marwyn.

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    11. They seem to be setting up the Braavos shoot in Girona first (lots of fish in the last set of photos). Does this mean the mummers’ play will take place in Braavos?

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    12. I thought they had cut the theater plot line for the show. I hope it turns out to be not true, I would really like to see it!

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    13. Making the 8:
      Is the amber series any good? A friend at work is suggesting I start Thomas Covenant series

      I don’t know anything about the Amber series, but the Thomas Covenant books are quite excellent!

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    14. Thronetalk,

      I agree! From what I can remember, Randyl has a good part, if few episodes, and interacts with several regular cast members. Though that could just be Sam + Gilly, I’m hoping for some real sh*t to hit the fan there. Maybe a pirate attack? *fingers crossed*

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    15. Simeon: I don’t know anything about the Amber series, but the Thomas Covenant books are quite excellent!

      The Amber series is fantastic as well (though I loved the Covenant books, especially the first three). Pick up the first book “Nine Princes In Amber” you can find it used most anywhere….Roger Zelazny. Worth the read.

      /OT

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    16. Making the 8:
      Is the amber series any good? A friend at work is suggesting I start Thomas Covenant series

      Oh yes, I really enjoyed the Corwin Cycle of The Chronicles of Amber starting with Nine Princes in Amber. A great fantasy series by all accounts. Though, in my opinion, the Merlin Cycle, consisting of five additional stories, isn’t nearly as good. I’m not sure I’d recommend those to the more casual readers of fantasy.

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    17. you snow nothing:
      Thronetalk,

      I agree! From what I can remember, Randyl has a good part, if few episodes, and interacts with several regular cast members. Though that could just be Sam + Gilly, I’m hoping for some real sh*t to hit the fan there. Maybe a pirate attack? *fingers crossed*

      I know lots of panic in the Reach.

      I was thinking Sam would arrive in the middle of the Ironborn attack on the Shield Islands. Randyll is pissed because they were caught off guard and Sam is there. It pisses him off even more and we could see some real confrontation between the two characters.

      It could be some good stuff if they go in that direction. Keep hoping for this because it makes a good tv show. Good push and pull. I hope this is how they will do the Ironborn and Reach storylines. Pray to the Drowned God this happens in Season 6.

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    18. Angela,

      That’s pretty much what I think they’ll do.

      It would be tough to see Randyll Tarly losing to the Ironborn though, since I’m used to thinking of him as one of the best battle commanding officers in Westeros.

      Gravemaster,

      I don’t see the point of them adapting that specific chapter at all at this point. I think they shuffled her storyline a bit and gave her a Meryn kill for the Raff one with sexual overtones. They won’t do the same thing again. Hopefully.

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    19. Arya might be joining the traveling troupe as a cover, not for Braavos, but where ever the troupe is heading, whether it be Mereen, K.L. or Oldtown.

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    20. Gravemaster,
      I would have thought the immediate aftermath of cliffhangers from ep 5.10 will take up quite a chunk of S6 eps 1 and 2, so maybe we see the results of Theon and Sansa’s leap in 6.01?

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    21. Sean C.:
      tyjon,
      I doubt they’re going to try to replicate that setup.They already did the “Mercy” character plot point, so it would be redundant to do it again, and Arya’s list on the show has only a handful of names on it, none of whom are likely to show up in a Braavosi theater.

      Like I said over in the earlier thread, while I doubt the show can afford to spend a lot of time in this setting, I do hope they have at least some fun with the idea of a theater production based on events in Westeros.

      jentario

      They have changed the order, or re-written plot lines before, so it wouldn’t be a stretch if they changed Arya’s time with the mummers.

      But, like you I hope they can spend a little time having fun with the idea,

      it would be great to poke fun at the story/characters – all the events twisted and over-dramatized – and Arya playing a girl (her sister) who gets rapped by the Imp on her wedding night… to comic affect… that would be a bold move, not sure how people would respond to that one…

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    22. Are we sure that we will even see a Mercy-Arya-acting troupe storyline? She was blinded in her last scene.

      Maybe her blindness will be a brief event? If anything, I see Arya blind for a while and earns or “takes” her sight back somehow in a desperate situation that brings her back to retrieve Needle, then maybe back to Westeros?

      viki: They have changed the order, or re-written plot lines before, so it wouldn’t be a stretch if they changed Arya’s time with the mummers.

      But, like you I hope they can spend a little time having fun with the idea,

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    23. Judibatt,

      It’s not sure, but one of the casting notices from the first batch was for:

      Leading Actress, in her early 40’s, she’s an elegant actress with a traveling theatre company. Fun, charismatic, rum-drinking actress in the troupe.

      Between that and this setup possibly being a theatre, it seems far from a remote possibility. I’m less clear what the point would be, but the writers could easily have retooled that setting if they liked the concept. We don’t really have much indication of what’s going on with Arya this year, in general.

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    24. Sean C.,

      Gotcha. I did miss that one. Thank you.
      This is exciting because like many on here I’d love to see a puppet show or a Westeros reenactment.

      I am still very curious and twice as anxious to see what drives No one back to Arya!
      I am ready for the return of Needle.

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    25. ian,

      Very well could be GRRM. The Reek arc in ADWD is one of his finest pieces of writing – D&D did water the whole thing down almost beyond recognition. It was okay (just okay) with me, but I can see the author being upset.

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    26. Cersei’s Brain,

      Actually, the opposite is true. Most of the Reek arc was recounted in past tense in the book. It was still a bit grisly, but there was zero suspense about what would happen.

      The only real difference is that Theon gets reduced to a “harmony” role in Winterfell with Sansa taking the lead. However, even there the big difference went in the opposite direction: Sansa coaxes Theon out of Reek and Theon volunteers to help in the end; in the book, Theon/Reek is forced to help by tertiary characters very much against his/their will.

      At any rate, the angry author has a “book” not a series, and GRRM’s publishers must be thrilled at the increase in sales this has generated. It is very, very unlikely that it is GRRM. (The fan part is irrelevant: that is a given for any adaptation.)

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    27. GRRM seemed more than a little huffy that GoT didn’t win anything at the Hugos because of some right wing conspiracy or other. He was also the designated acceptor of any award that GoT won and would have spoken on behalf of D&D so it doesn’t sound to me like he’s angry with the show.

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    28. Ser Not Appearing in this Series,

      Fully agree. he was preaty sad GoT lost the Hugo. And besides there are countless Movies based on books this days. Like for example Maze Runner….countless others.

      If GRRM was angry with the Show he would definatly not be angry GoT lost the hugo

      Or write on his OWN blog, about how proud, everyone involved in the show are with being part of it. And how everyone does their best, from actors, directors too costume designers..etc.

      But of course…people who want to belive that GRRM hates the show, will take ”this” as undeniable proof.

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    29. Gravemaster

      I guess Ramsay will go completely Dany S2 about that. “WHERE IS MY SANSA?”

      *Spits her cranberry juice out* Hahahahahaha. Holy God, that was funny. Gold star for you.

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    30. ian,

      Ah, random internet gossip sites. All you have to do is write generic items and watch people project their own guesses onto it; it’s foolproof.

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    31. ian:
      GRRM? http://thegossiplife.com/2015/06/19/blind-item-19062015/

      I doubt it. Doesn’t sound like the way he speaks. If it was GRRM, it would have started off with, “Well, in the books…”

      As a side, if people want to be angry with the way certain aspects of the show/writing have gone, then just be angry about it. You (I say in a generic sense) don’t have to try and drum up imaginary outrage from GRRM to validate your own displeasure.

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    32. ian,

      Those gossip sites will post literally anything submitted as a blind, they are so hungry for something to post. I know this because my friend submitted a fake blind item to one of those not long ago, as a test. And they published it, no questions asked. 🙂

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    33. As for the actual topic, if this is the play depicting what’s going on in Westeros, perhaps it will be used as the reason Arya goes back to Westeros. A lot has happened that she’s unaware of, primarily…depending on what part of the season this happens in…that House Stark (in the form of Sansa, Rickon, or Jon) controls the North once again.

      That’s all speculation of course, but I throw it out there for conversation sake.

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    34. RosanaZugey,

      I totally agree. I have the same wish that Arya will watch this show (puppet or acted) where she learns of her younger brothers death, maybe what happened to Jon, and that will drive her to unearth Needle to travel back to Westeros. There was a puppet show in Dunk & Egg that was important so D&D could always do a nod to that since they are considering a prequel. Good tie-ins.

      I am binge watching the entire series from the start and at one point Arya tells the Hound that one day she will stick a sword through his eye and out the back of his skull. If we are getting reports that the Hound my possibly be back this season then this could wrap up that arc.

      Some have mentioned (sorry, can’t remember who) that Arya and Dany will be meeting soon. I just don’t see it both in what on Planetos could bring them together or the point of why. Not saying it can’t, I just don’t see it.

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    35. ian:
      GRRM? http://thegossiplife.com/2015/06/19/blind-item-19062015/

      Hmmmm, a blind item from a site that has been there for a couple of months and has in average 5-6 comments on a blind ? Why do I have a feeling this is completely made up, who ever in The UK (they seem to be interested mainly in Big Brother UK) put up this site doesn’t have any access to GRRM’s inner circle, but sees the fandom a way to boost the traffic to the site? I like the banner nodding to CNAD of the old, though.

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    36. Judibatt:

      I totally agree. I have the same wish that Arya will watch this show (puppet or acted) where she learns of her younger brothers death, maybe what happened to Jon, and that will drive her to unearth Needle to travel back to Westeros. There was a puppet show in Dunk & Egg that was important so D&D could always do a nod to that since they are considering a prequel. Good tie-ins.

      I am binge watching the entire series from the start and at one point Arya tells the Hound that one day she will stick a sword through his eye and out the back of his skull. If we are getting reports that the Hound my possibly be back this season then this could wrap up that arc.

      Some have mentioned (sorry, can’t remember who) that Arya and Dany will be meeting soon. I just don’t see it both in what on Planetos could bring them together or the point of why. Not saying it can’t, I just don’t see it.

      I think the possibility that Arya watching the show and finding out about the happenings in Westeros is likely, especially if she’s not going to warg on the show. If she’s not warging, then she needs to find out somehow, and this theatre performance could do the trick. She could find out about Jon’s death, Sansa marrying Ramsay and the subequent death of House Bolton (assuming that happens). Rickon being alive and ruling the North. Hell, she could even find out about The Hound being alive or that Melissandre made off with Jon’s dead body (a meeting between Arya and Melissandre was “foreshadowed” in S3 when Mel told Arya, “We’ll meet again.”) I mean, the characters in the East have to know what’s going on in the West at some point. We know Tyrion and Varys learn that Stannis was killed at Winterfell (per that audition tape with the actress). So, I don’t see why Arya wouldn’t also be informed by this means.

      Also, I think you’re right about Arya and Dany. Don’t see why their stories need to intertwine. Arya has never been concerned about the Iron Throne and who sits on it. Her concern is her family and the North. It will be those things that take her back to Westeros.

      Also, you’ve given me a great idea! I’m totally going to keep track of everyone’s predictions. ???? Time consuming, yes. But I think it’ll be fun to see (and acknowledge) who had the right of it by the end of next season.

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    37. ian,

      I go on Martin’s blog occasionally (in vain hopes of book or casting updates and as an anti-Puppy) and I find it hard to tell what his opinion is of Dave and Dan/the show.

      Like on one hand, he says he doesn’t like to talk about the show and will emphasize that something was different in the books, but he also talks about himself as being part of the show.

      It’s hard to tell. Sometimes I get the feeling that he really hates the show, but then he’ll say/write something evidencing the opposite.

      Who knows? (the blind item probably doesn’t)

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    38. Diario de Girona’s report on the stage set construction at Placa des Jurats mentions that extras are now being told their filming days and roles. These include Mace Tyrell’s soldiers, locals, prostitutes and ‘monks.’ I assume the term ‘monks’ here likely refers to Maesters and novices… It seems very likely, though, that the stage set is for Braavos. I suspect the Braavos scenes will shoot before Oldtown.

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    39. JCDavis:
      Dworkin!!

      *a million internet bucks to who knows the reference*

      WITHOUT USING GOOGLE!!

      I genuinely thought you were referring to the feminazi Andrea. God knows why.

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