With filming for House of the Dragon season two over in Trujillo, production moved to Cáceres today for the first day of six, starting with the tragic scene we reported on a few days ago, involving Olivia Cooke and Phia Saban as Queen Mother Alicent Hightower and her daughter, Queen Helaena Targaryen. Spoilers below!
Local fan Javi Borrega, who we can always depend on, was there to take photos from the scene being shot, which is the funeral procession of Prince Jaehaerys, son of Aegon and Helaena, and grandson of Alicent. The king was nowhere to be seen, but Cooke’s Alicent and Saban’s Helaena were seated together on a carriage behind the child-sized coffin and a retinue of Kinsguard, including Fabien Frankel‘s Ser Criston Cole, and several knights and noblemen.
Pues si, es el cortejo fúnebre…**SPOILER** pic.twitter.com/TCPYqq1b0w
— Heisenberg (@javiborrega) May 20, 2023
This also gave us the best view yet of Aegon’s new Targaryen banners, featuring a golden dragon (after his own dragon, Sunfyre) on a green field:
Meanwhile, the ‘Martes Plaza Mayor’ Instagram page‘s stories offered a much better look from above, showing us the endpoint of the scene:
In the video a man in the procession can be heard shouting “Behold the work of Rhaenyra the Cruel!”.
Finally, local newspaper El Periódico de Extremadura released photos from Plaza Santa María, where the scene starts from as it leads through a narrow street to the aforementioned arch and towards the main square. We can see Cooke and Saban even more clearly, so much so that we can appreciate their funeral gowns and headdresses, as well as the elaborate details on the carriages, the coffin, the horses, and the armored knights—you can even make out poor Jae’s pale face:
This entire day of filming took place around the ‘Arco de la Estrella’, a distinctive arch in the main square of Cáceres which we already saw in season seven of Game of Thrones as Euron paraded his Dornish captives through the city:
Filming will continue tomorrow, this time at two nearby linked squares, Plaza de las Veletas and Plaza de San Mateo. Las Veletas represented Sam and Gilly’s Oldtown living quarters in season seven of Game of Thrones, but this time it’ll probably be King’s Landing. We don’t know whether they’ll film another portion of the same funeral procession or a new scene, but we’ll be here to report on it either way. Meanwhile, tell us below what you think of this funeral procession scene!