In May we heard various reports that location scouting had begun in Spain. And now according to a report from Cadena SER, we can say that the country will be officially serving as a backdrop for Game of Thrones Season 5.
In a meeting with the New Economy Forum, James Costos, U.S. ambassador to Spain and former vice president of HBO’s Global Licensing and Retail, confirmed that after subsequent visits to the area, and conversations with various officials, the deal has become final.
The Andalusian region of Spain will join the ranks of Croatia, Iceland, and Northern Ireland to welcome the Game of Thrones cast and crew when filming for Season 5 begins.
No specific locations have been confirmed, but according to Cadena SER’s sources The Alcázar of Seville has been finalized, as the other palatial candidates were ruled out. The Alcázar will serve as the Water Gardens of Dorne, the private residence of House Martell, and it is likely that additional locations have been chosen in a nearby city (or cities) to represent the capital of Dorne, Sunspear.
The Alcázar of Seville is certainly fit for the ruling house of Dorne, as it is the oldest palace still in use in Europe, acting as a part-time residence for the present Spanish royal family. When the royals aren’t in town, the Seville is a popular tourist attraction, known for it’s opulent gardens, cold-water baths, and stunning Moorish architecture.
Thanks to HBO Watch for the tip.
Update: HBO has now officially confirmed that Season 5 will be filmed in “several natural locations in the Province of Sevilla.” View part of the press release below.
PORTIONS OF GAME OF THRONES’ NEXT SEASON TO BE SHOT IN PROVINCE OF SEVILLA
HBO is pleased to confirm that a portion of season five of GAME OF THRONES will be shot on several natural locations in the Province of Sevilla. Specifics on the locations will be announced closer to the time of production.
This filming, set to take place later this year, is being done in full collaboration with the Andalucía Film Commission through their president, Don Carlos Rosado, the Sevilla Film Office and the mayor of Sevilla, Don Juan Ignacio Zoido, and the Osuna Film Office and the mayoress, Doña Rosario Andújar.
Providing production services in Spain is Peter Welter Soler with Fresco Film Services. CANAL+ is the broadcaster of GAME OF THRONES in Spain.
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