Official Game of Thrones shooting dates for Croatian cities, and other new details

Game of Thrones set in Duilovo area of Split

Game of Thrones set in Duilovo area of Split

The dates of filming in Croatia have now been confirmed by Embassy Films (HBO’s partner company in Croatia), as reported by this Slobodna Dalmacija article. In brief, the three locations will be visited as follows:

  • Split: 28th August – 17th September
  • Šibenik: 18th September onwards, presumably a week until:
  • Dubrovnik: 26th September – 6 October

St. John's fortress in Sibenik

St. John’s fortress in Sibenik

The extras numbers have been revisited – 8,000 people applied in total, and about a thousand will be used, most of them (about 750) in Split. Embassy Films haven’t been able to reveal anything else, due to non-disclosure agreements.

In Split, the by now well-known pillared set (shown above) is located at the Duilovo beach, while other locations in the city will be also used, such as Vila Dalmacija.

HBO will be shooting at the Šibenik fortress, local news site reports. The municipality and Embassy Films will split the costs of access road reconstruction and hardening to make it usable for the trucks the production needs on location. After the shoot in September, the road will be used by construction vehicles, as the fort is going to be renovated with the help of EU funds.

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    1. Greenjones,

      Yep! It’s a small town just outside of it. When they mention the city, the places on the outskirts, such as Kastel Gomilica and Klis, are lumped in with the bigger city.

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    2. That seems like a long time to spend in Dubrovnik. The common thought was that King’s Landing wouldn’t feature as much in season 5. Hopefully they are waiting til November-December to shoot the exterior scenes for the Northern storylines. I hope they loaded up on fake snow too, because if the North isn’t covered in it I will wave my fist angrily at the TV.

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    3. So as before KL=Dubrovnik and Meereen=Split (though Danzank’s will be in Osuna in Spain)

      Braavos presumably=Split (Kastel) and Sibenik, while Pentos will likely be shot in Croatia as well. Volantis is a wild card at the moment, but if it’s in, I think it’ll be Croatia too…

      The Water Gardens=Seville

      What other non-N.I. places can you all think up?

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    4. It’s still up in the air about the Lokrum set, I think? Unless there’s been any confirmation that I haven’t seen so far. It wasn’t even officially confirmed to be GoT yet, as they have summer festival events on the island sometimes, we hear. But if it is a GoT set, it’s not clear what it is yet.

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    5. They shot the fleabottom scenes in episode 3.01 in Morocco so I don’t think that every King’s Landing scene is shot in Dubrovnik (and perhaps not every scene shot in Dubrovnik will take place in Kings Landing.

      Nell Tiger Free will also be shooting in Croatia (according to her twitter), so Myrcella will return to KL or they will shoot some Dorne scenes there.

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    6. Strange that the 750 extras in Split only leaves about 250 for Dubrovnik and Sibenik when it was previously reported that 500 extras would be needed in Dubrovnik for a single scene.

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    7. Johan Sporre,

      Maybe they’ve scaled back the Walk? You might want fewer people around for a scene like that.

      EDIT: Had some trouble with the spoiler tags, basically they stopped working after I edited my post. So I cut my losses and tried to phrase shit vaguely with further edits. I hope this post can’t be considered a spoiler.

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    8. Greenjones:
      So as before KL=Dubrovnik and Meereen=Split (though Danzank’s will be in Osuna in Spain)

      Braavos presumably=Split (Kastel) and Sibenik, while Pentos will likely be shot in Croatia as well. Volantis is a wild card at the moment, but if it’s in, I think it’ll be Croatia too…

      The Water Gardens=Seville

      What other non-N.I. places can you all think up?

      I’ve read some people commenting about Volantis lately. Could someone remind me which character(s) go there. I can’t think of anyone…

      Also is Gomilica the only place that’s going to be used for Braavos? Sorry for asking so many questions… Haven’t been able to read any posts lately…

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    9. Josla,

      I believe they’re shooting in Sibenik for Braavos too, though there’s no real confirmation for any of this.

      As for Volantis

      Tyrion and Jorah pass through.

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    10. Greenjones,

      Thanks man. Forgot about Jorah. The reason I asked about Braavos is because, as awesome as Gomilica is turning out to be it seems a bit small and I’m worried they’ll have to use the same location over and over. Hopefully you’re right about Sibenik 🙂

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    11. I might be simple mind, but after Dubrovnik, Split, and Sibenik,what will they be shooting till december? Spain and then they go back to NI for more or less 2 months?

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    12. A volcano is erupting in Iceland right now. I’ve been telling myself they can film a Bran flashback to Hardhome’s doom.

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    13. Greenjones,

      Johan Sporre,

      It could well be that these numbers are largely stuff of legend, with lots of word of mouth inflation 🙂 Split and Šibenik are close enough for some of the same extras used in different roles, if they are willing and available, too.

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    14. Hear Marko Roar:
      Greenjones,

      Johan Sporre,

      It could well be that these numbers are largely stuff of legend, with lots of word of mouth inflation Split and Šibenik are close enough for some of the same extras used in different roles, if they are willing and available, too.

      I think that the numbers of extras are logic.

      Split = Dany and that means unsullied, slaves, sons of Harpy etc….Dubrovnik (City inside the Walls) = KL – honestly I can not imagine such a big number of extras standing between Cathedral and Sponza – Still think the walk is going to happen in DU.

      Sorry folks I am quite dumb for the spoiler tags. 🙁

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    15. When they start shooting The pit scene and the walk ofcourse some photos will be leaked I can’t wait for that 🙂

      Where are they going to shoot Sunspear ? /:

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    16. Lady Nym,

      I think they will really try to avoid photos leaking from the Walk. A scene like that is tricky enough without having to worry about people on set putting photos on the internet.

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    17. spacechampion:
      A volcano is erupting in Iceland right now.I’ve been telling myself they can film a Bran flashback to Hardhome’s doom.

      Actually an eruption probably hasn’t occured so far, but seismic activity continues (this morning there was a 5.3 magnitude quake, which is pretty rare over there) pointing to ongoing movement of magma in the underground. It would be very cool though to have real-life images of volcanic eruptions in GoT 🙂 And why not with some northern lights as well like in this image from the Eyjafjallajokull eruption.

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    18. Greenjones:
      Lady Nym,

      I think they will really try to avoid photos leaking from the Walk. A scene like that is tricky enough without having to worry about people on set putting photos on the internet.

      I think they can’t stop the extras and people who will watch from theri windows from taking some picture /:

      We shall wait and see

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    19. Looks like a lot of the budget is going towards

      Meereen, Dorne, Braavos and KL. RIP White Harbor, RIP Wyman Manderly, RIP “The North Remembers” best line in the series, RIP Greyjoys, RIP siege of Riverrun, RIP Stoneheart. Season 5 writing room : “Hey guys, let’s cut the good stuff and make room for nude scenes w/ the sand snakes. We can keep Arya stuff cause she’s a badass, and Dany’s stuff cause well, she’s Dany. What, mereneese knot you say ? 75% of her book 5 material sucks ? No worries ! We’ll still give it the priority over the good stuff.”

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    20. Abyss:
      The other guy,

      Let’s not jump to conclusions and have an overreaction without any facts to even remotely justify it…

      We’ll see, 3 months for now, if i’m overreacting. Last year at that time, if someone said that LS was about to be cut, 90% of the people on here would have laughed at his face and said it wasn’t possible. Myself included.

      Like, at this point, I prefer to be pessimistic. You say I don’t have facts, well I’m just saying, every bit of news that came out so far regarding season 5 shows 2 things :

      -They’ll show a lot of

      Dorne, to the point where they felt the need to completly change Jaime’s arc from AFFC in order to make him go there. Lots of sand snakes have been casted, probably more than we need. I’ll be honest here, I think they could have shown Doran, 1 or 2 sand snakes, whoever is the heir in showcanon, and that’s it. No need for filler. But HBO is HBO.

      They saw an opportunity for more nudity, they took it. I guess i’m the only one here thinking it’s pretty obvious.

      -Lots of casting info for next year, and there’s like, 5 fan favorites still missing. Like, am I the only one thinking that

      Wyman Manderly is absolutely needed ?? And Victarion ??
      The Kindly man ?? (I know it’s probably going to be Jaqen but still…)

      At that time of the year between season 2 and 3, i’m pretty sure the only “big” character missing was Mance Rayder, and even then, I think we already knew they were looking for someone to play him.

      jentario,

      Alright then. I guess if you’re commenting here and not feeling 100% positive about the show you’re either a purist or a lunatic. I guess i’ll just stop commenting here then.

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    21. Tar Kidho,

      THIS IS THE STUFF I LOVE ABOUT THIS FANDOM! LOL

      Volcanic activities would scare the shit out of other fandoms. GoT peeps?! We go like: “They could totally film Hardhome doom!”

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    22. Looks like I was wrong about Gomilica. I thought they were only using the building in which we saw the Baratheon/Lannister panels. However more photos have surfaced (I saw them on WIC) that show they’re apparently using a large part of the town, which is great… and it’s looking awesome 🙂

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    23. the other guy,

      No, but if you’re jumping to an absurd conclusion such as season 5 focusing on Meereen and Braavos based on Croatia filming dates (that aren’t too different than they were in previous years) and already beginning to complain about changes that haven’t happened yet then I do think you’re on something good. I’d like to try it, if you can spare a couple of ounces.

      PS: the fact that Jaime goes to Dorne instead of the Riverlands only frees up screentime since Jaime and Dorne’s screentime will overlap. Filming for Braavos and Meereen. Okay, sorry, let’s not film for them at all because season 5 has more of the North! Especially not in summer/fall, which fits the Essos/King’s Landing climate. Let’s film North scenes in the summer even though filming stretches all the way till December (and I wonder why? probably not because they have more wintery scenes to film because D&D are hacks!). Oh, and obviously the only reason Dorne is in is because it gives us more boobies! Not because it has interesting characters that have an impact on the story going forward that we as Sullied won’t know about till GRRM sits his fat ass on his typewriter or whatever crap he uses.

      Come on, settle down. Complain when evidence proves you right. This isn’t like the Arianne thing where every bit of news implied she was out. Absence of evidence is all we have here. Not asking you to be optimistic, but at the very least stop the complaint rants.

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    24. jentario,

      Alright dude, i don’t like to argue over the internet but here we go. First off I never said anything about filming dates. The number of extras however, is what makes me think they’re focusing on those storylines. I’m no expert but that’s a lot of extras, considering that Daznak’s pit is not filmed there and that would be the event that need the most extras. You also say that Jaime in Dorne frees up screentime. I disagree. Jaime Lannister is a major character, him going there when he’s not supposed to means that he’ll probably do some important shit there (unless it’s another garbage change like Yara in s4). I’d say we’ll see Jaime in Dorne for at the very least 4 episodes. Now the siege of Riverrun consists of 2 dialogue scenes that can be contained in one single episode, two at most. Then your “filming in the winter” point. I’m not complaining because they’re not filming the northern stuff now… (And they wouldn’t wait winter for the Greyjoy stuff anyway. ) I’m complaining because we still have 0 casting info on multiple important characters, and instead they chose to announce the freakin Sand Snakes in the new cast member video… Who even remembers what they do in the books ? No, Dorne in the book isn’t about boobies. That’s why we only need Doran and maybe TWO sand snakes. But more ? Like, why ? Even if all of them do important shit later (which I seriously doubt)… Are they more important than, let’s say,

      fAegon ? Connington ? People that actually do shit ?

      . You seem to dislike GRRM. Honestly I used to be a true D&D fan. I liked most of what they did for 4 years. Then they cut LSH. And I realised that GRRM is a better storyteller than them. Let the man take his time, at least he knows what he’s doing. Anyway. You have your opinion, I have mine. Let’s just agree to disagree.

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    25. The other guy,

      The casting announcement doesn’t represent the whole casting for season 5.
      For example, if J.J. Murphy decease wouldn’t have occured, we would never found out about Ser Denny Malister been cast.
      If Michael Condron’s agency wouldn’t post it in his CV, we would never found out about Bowen Marsh been cast.

      Like those two characters there might be a lot more that we don’t know that has been cast.

      This could be the case of Wyman Manderly and other northern lords, or others secondary characters

      And I also think there are some characters that even if they cast them, they will never announce them and they would try to keep them secret without any casting leaks.

      I’m talking about the two Griffs, Gravedigger, fArya, Greyjoy Bros, LS (even I don’t think they will cast her, but if they do it, they would keep her as a secret).

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    26. Fedejru:
      The other guy,

      The casting announcement doesn’t represent the whole casting for season 5.
      For example, if J.J. Murphy decease wouldn’t have occured, we would never found out about Ser Denny Malister been cast.
      If Michael Condron’s agency wouldn’t post it in his CV, we would never found out about Bowen Marsh been cast.

      Like those two characters there might be a lot more that we don’t know that has been cast.

      And I also think there are some characters that even if they cast them, they will never announce them and they would try to keep them secret without any casting leaks.

      You have a point. Still, I’m worried. I hope D&D prove me wrong. But since the interview in which someone (was it Alex Graves or D&D ? Can’t remember) said something along the lines of “we didn’t know how to integrate LS into our show”, I tend to be pessimistic. If they can’t pull off one of the most shocking moment, that was litterally the perfect cliffhanger to end a season on, will they have the balls to do what GRRM was (unjustly imho) criticized for : introduce 2 game changing characters this late into the story. Time will tell, I guess. I’d rather be pleasantly surprised than horribly disappointed again.

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    27. Greenjones,

      Ok yeah, that’s what I thought but I wasn’t sure. Thanks for clearing that up. Still, I’m pretty sure she’s cut, and that’s a damn shame.

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    28. Fedejru:
      The other guy,

      The casting announcement doesn’t represent the whole casting for season 5.
      For example, if J.J. Murphy decease wouldn’t have occured, we would never found out about Ser Denny Malister been cast.
      If Michael Condron’s agency wouldn’t post it in his CV, we would never found out about Bowen Marsh been cast.

      Like those two characters there might be a lot more that we don’t know that has been cast.

      And I also think there are some characters that even if they cast them, they will never announce them and they would try to keep them secret without any casting leaks.

      Agreed with most of this, except I’d point out that two of those mentioned in your spoiler tag don’t need to be “cast” in the first place, since they already were years ago. The show just wouldn’t announce their return in the press material when the season starts. “Casting news” normally aren’t announced for returning cast members.

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    29. @ the other guy, fedejru & jentario

      I have it on good authority that the Manderlys are in, just do not know the extent of their involvement. It has been discussed in conjunction with the histories and lore of season 3, which mentions White Harbor. I hope to have more info about

      Manderlys, Aegon and Dorkstar

      and their possible involvement in future seasons sometime next week. Also,

      Lady Lance

      has received serious consideration for being cast, and it is very probable she will be included, unlike

      Lady Stoneheart

      who will most likely not be a part of future seasons.

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    30. Patchface,

      If you get anything on Jeyne Poole and the Greyjoys bros, I’m all ears !

      I’m happy to finally read something about the Manderlys… though their mention on the Northern History & Lore of season 3 already raised the hopes.

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    31. Arkash,

      I got nothing on Jeyne Poole, not even a lead…my personal opinion is that she will be cut entirely, but again this is what I think not what I am being told.

      I am doing my best to find out about Greyjoys as well, but please bear in mind that I my source is only an “accidental” remote connection with the players involved, so I have very limited info. I try to share whatever I know without divulging sources or sensitive info…

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    32. Sue the Fury,

      I’d rather not, if you don’t mind. I have very limited info, plus any additional details could be detrimental to my sources. I prefer posting in the comments if that’s ok with you, I’m just a fan trying to share the little (and admittedly vague) knowledge I acquire. I hope you understand. If posting in the comments is a problem, I’ll stop doing that. BTW the email associated with my name is a fake, at least it is not mine so do not try to contact me there.

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    33. Patchface,
      Well I wouldn’t have done that anyway, but looking at your email now that you mention it, it’s very obviously a fake, so I really wouldn’t have tried emailing it. 🙂

      It’s not a problem to provide info in comments.

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    34. jentario,

      First time on this website (just found out about it today!), old timer on WiC, but I posted rarely. So yeah, WiC’s old Patchface I guess, although there was a different Patch_face (with space) as well.

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    35. jentario,

      Yes, of course. She may also appear as an extra or receive a mention in season 5, but no lines or significant character development. A somewhat “bigger” role has been discussed for season 6, but it is not yet “set in stone” sort o speak.

      I Know I know Iknow…

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    36. Patchface,

      Sounds like you slept with David Benioff. I don’t blame you, I wouldn’t resist those mutton chops either.

      Ask him about the Griffs and the Greyjoys on your next bedtime tumble please!

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    37. Glad to finally see some solid timeframes listed for filming with actual dates attached. There is enough speculation outhere…but as we all know production dates can always change and move …so we’ll see what’s what!

      I’d say good luck, but I guess that’s not it…oh yeah break a leg!

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    38. And if I did not say it before, and enough, thank you for all the people who have set up this site, you are doing a great job and it is a pleasure to once again have a forum where I can engage with other members of the “Game Of Thrones” community some of whose postings I’ve had the pleasure to read for quite a few years now…

      How fast time passes! Well all the best to you all and thank you for listening to the fans!

      I’ll try to behave…but I cannot promise!

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