After keeping us waiting for months, HBO finally released the teaser for the eighth season of Game of Thrones and as expected it is feeding us with lots of curiosity and anticipation. There’s no doubt that the plot along with characters’ brilliant performances have made the series what it is but along with all these factors, its evident that the shooting locations chosen for the series has also played a major role in making the series seem real!
Let us know some of the interesting facts about the series’ shooting locations that you didn’t know :
The house of Stark and Direwolf , this dreamy castle in which the first season of Game of Thrones was shot soon got drenched in murder and blood. The haunting scenes followed by the murder were actually shot at Doune Castle in Scotland and Castle Ward in County Down in Northern Ireland. The castle’s architecture is gothic and beautifully complements the plot of the series.
Doune Castle was the primary filming location for the 1975 cult classic, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The crew was planning to use a number of castles to shot various parts of the film until filming permission was withdrawn from the National Trust. Within no time, in order to find new replacements for location, the team got depended on different rooms and features of Doune Castle to use as a different settings to keep filming on-track.
King’s Landings, the capital of seven kingdoms, serving as the centre of power, politics and passion is ruled by House Baratheon and later, House Lannister in the series, Game of Thrones. The actual King’s Landings scenes were shot in Dubrovnik, Croatia at Minceta Tower, a UNESCO heritage site. The hidden fact is, there is an ancient foundry underneath the Minceta Tower which had been excavated to show how it operated in the old city of Dubrovnik before the great earthquake of 1667 that almost completely destroyed the capital of the Republic of Ragusa.
The northern-most part of Westeros, home of mythical creatures and dreadful creatures (White Walkers) in Game of Thrones is located in south-east Iceland. Most of the snow scenes were shot here. The location’s major showstopper is the thermal spring that made Jon Snow and Ygritte’s love nest famous! And it’s surprising to know that the thermal spring’s temperature can rise up to 50 degrees celsius. Very near to the thermal spring, there is a region with lava fields called called Dimmuborgir, which serve as the Wildling Camp in Game of Thrones.
The city where Arya Stark spends her maximum time, serving the God of many faces in Game of Thrones is actually the medieval town of Sibenik in Croatia famous for the Saint James Cathedral, a UNESCO world heritage site, featured as the Iron Bank of Braavos.
The rather awkward wedding of then-demure Daenerys with Khal in Game of Thrones was shot around the limestone caves on the Maltese island of Gozo. The Maltese archipelago lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean. The archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino. The place is famous for scuba diving and here you’ll witness sunsets like never before!
This pathway which seem to never end in the series, Game of Thrones is actually the iconic Dark Hedges in Ireland. Nothing can match the beauty of this place in the morning and the ghostly feeling which descends around it in the evening. When you stare down the bend, you can understand why the Dark Hedges has drawn so many visitors. It’s absolutely magical! But if you go at dusk, the surroundings may not seem that magical, it may rather appear scary! Legend has it that the Grey Lady haunts the road at dusk.
Megha Harsh serves as a content writer at The Ideaz Factory. She has been a student of English Journalism at the Indian Institute of mass communication. A writer by day and reader by night, she is loathe to discuss herself in third person. In addition to writing blogs, she also has interest in writing poems.