Recently, we learned Game of Thrones would return to Spain, specifically to Itálica’s amphitheater in Santiponce, Seville, which made its debut last season. Still, we didn’t know when shooting would begin at the one and only Dragonpit location … until now!
Europa Press reports the Roman amphitheater and the surrounding ruins of Itálica have been partially closed off starting today, due to preparations for Game of Thrones filming later this month. That’s right: the production’s Spanish subcontractor is already on site, making the amphitheater look like the Dragonpit, as they did for the season seven finale.
Regarding the actual shooting dates, we know the archaeological site will be completely inaccessible for visitors from May 3 to 18. That doesn’t mean the cast will begin shooting immediately, as the crew usually closes off a location a few days before filming. Still, filming should begin in the first half of the month, running for two weeks at most. Furthermore, if the last shoot there is any indication, the cast may appear in Seville before that, revealing which characters will be involved with the Dragonpit this time.
The first time Game of Thrones shot in the amphitheater, it became the stage for the greatest concentration of characters we have ever seen on screen. It left an impression. We don’t know yet whether the sequence at the Dragonpit in season eight will be equally impressive, but we can only hope so. Much can be filmed in two weeks, after all!