Warning: This article may contain Game of Thrones Season 7 spoilers.
Game of Thrones Season 7 has been filming in Spain for the last few weeks, with filming recently concluding in Zumaia and the entire Basque Country, according to fan site Watchers On The Wall.
Now production is reportedly moving south toward Cáceres, Córdoba, and Seville. Game of Thrones crews will be stopping at some intriguing locations in these areas, including Italica, which is rumored to be the Dragonpit, and Trujillo Castle, where 100 extras will shoot in the surrounding courtyard.
However, the most interesting Game of Thrones Season 7 filming location in Spain will be in Malpartida, which is in the province of Cáceres. Cast and crew will be shooting for one month in a desolate, rocky field. Apparently, 450 extras will undergo a week of training from British military instructors before taking part in a battle so huge it could rival Season 6’s Battle of the Bastards.
As if the scale of the battle isn’t exciting enough, spoilers indicate the fight will feature an ambush started by the Targaryens, led by Daenerys and one or more dragons. A casting call and search for horses also indicate the Dothraki horde will be part of the skirmish. WOTW says the Lannisters will likely be the army under attack, and set spies photographed rickety wagons the Lannisters will reportedly use to transport loot. The epic dust-up should pop up sometime in Episode 3 or 4 of Game of Thrones Season 7.
Meanwhile, in other Game of Thrones Season 7 news, Aisling Franciosi talked to Rotten Tomatoes about her iconic debut as Lyanna Stark, Jon Snow’s mother, last season.
For one thing, she was kept in the dark about the part she was auditioning for.
“Obviously, confidentiality on these kind of jobs is really, really high, so when I was sent the scene to audition, it wasn’t really the same scene, and it wasn’t kind of — you know, I wasn’t sure who I was even auditioning for, because names are different, and all that.”
The young actress also admits she’d never seen Game of Thrones until she landed the coveted role of Lyanna.
“I binge-watched and could say it’s excellent, just an amazing series, and I can see why it’s become such a huge success,” she gushes. “In a way, I think I would have been really, really nervous if I had known how — like say if I had been a fan, like everyone else, from the books and then, seeing the series before auditioning, I think I would have been mad with the pressure playing her.”
As for Lyanna’s classic scene with Ned Stark, Franciosi says she received a lot of help from her acting partner Rob Aramayo.
“I tend to believe you can’t please everyone, but most people really liked it. It was a lovely scene and working with Rob Aramayo, as young Ned Stark, as well. He was really lovely, and great fun to work with, and we got on really well. You know, when you instantly have a short scene with someone, but you’re supposed to have this deep connection with, to find that when you arrive on set, that you guys get along really well, it’s always helpful and reassuring. It comes across on screen.”
Franciosi even says that TV son Kit Harington dropped by the set during her scenes, which let her know Jon Snow was resurrected in Season 6, a secret she had to keep from her family.
“Actually, it’s funny, when I was filming the scene, that day on set, Kit Harington was there. I don’t know what he was there for, but, you know — my mom, or something, or my brother, who all knew that I was there — I hadn’t said what part or what scene or anything about it — if they said, ‘Did you see anyone from the cast?’ I was like, ‘No! No, I didn’t.’ Because, obviously, the question was still there as to whether he was alive or not.”
Finally, Franciosi was asked about her potential return in Game of Thrones Season 7, but she remained coy, simply telling fans to “pitch it” to the show’s producers.
What do you think of the latest Game of Thrones Season 7 spoilers?
Game of Thrones Season 7 returns to HBO in the summer of 2017.
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