After more than three weeks of filming for a major mid-season action sequence, filming in Malpartida will come to a close in just a few days, on Monday at the latest, and the show will move on to the nearby city of Cáceres. This is as exciting for us spoiler addicts (lots of windows!) as it is sad for those locals who will no longer be able to take sweet photos with James Faulkner, who couldn’t be more unlike his terrible character if he tried. Just as the City Council promised last week, yesterday the production started to prepare the city’s Old Town for Game of Thrones. This ancient web of streets and squares is being made to look like a proper Westerosi city —Most likely, King’s Landing.
After the cut, we bring you the details on the preparations, including pictures of how the old streets are being dressed to look like a proper medieval city, as well as new pictures from the aforementioned battle shoot at Los Barruecos, in Malpartida.
El Periódico Extremadura reports on the preparations. Just as planned, work began yesterday and will continue on Thursday, all for the brief shoot in December 14 and 15. As you can see, there are some props scattered through the streets of Cáceres already:
Last week, when we listed the many locations Game of Thrones would use in Cáceres, many in the community were skeptical or confused, as the show is only scheduled to film in Cáceres for two mere days. However, these streets and squares are so interconnected that, if they wanted, they could film a single scene in an unbroken take from one side to another. In fact, something like that could be exactly what they may be looking for, as part of the procession scene the showrunners mentioned a long while ago. In the following map, the filming locations alone are highlighted:
You can clearly see how, together, the locations form a corridor, from the Adarve at Plaza Mayor through Plaza Santa María, Plaza de los Golfines, Plaza de San Jorge, Cuesta de la Compañía and Plaza de San Mateo, to Plaza de las Veletas. It’s a continuous line of locations, which helps to explain how they could all be used in just two days of filming.
The Spanish newspaper also reports that Peter Dinklage is back in the country: The actor who plays Tyrion Lannister is apparently now in Cáceres. We don’t know if he’s there for the last few days of filming at Los Barruecos, for the Old Town shoot, or both. Dinklage appearing in Cáceres a whole week before filming begins in the city proper points to him filming in Malpartida, though I wouldn’t be surprised if we also get to see the newly-appointed Hand of the Queen roam the streets of King’s Landing.
What about the queen that Tyrion now serves? El Periódico Extemadura does make mention of unconfirmed sightings of Emilia Clarke in Cáceres, and we have heard these rumors, but there is no hard evidence yet. If Clarke is indeed in the city, she could similarly be involved in the Malpartida shoot, the Old Town one, or both.
Finally, let’s move on to the spoilers for today: The action in Malpartida may end soon, yet pictures still trickle in. Accompanied by a report with information of which the fandom is already aware, HOY has shared new pictures of the ambush sequence:
You can take a look at the other photos in their gallery, some of which are quite striking. As you can see, there is nothing completely new here, except perhaps that we can plainly see the terrain has suffered a battle of not only men but a fire-breathing dragon.