6 months ago, we visited Seville and the Andalusian White Villages (Pueblo Blancos) and heard about Game of Thrones for the first time in our pitiful non-HBO existence so far. As we drove around Andalusia we kept hearing about the actors, scenes and shoots from the locals. We came back to the US on January 1st and promptly signed up for HBO Go. Within the next 3 months we had devoured the first four seasons and were excitedly ready for the new 5th by the time April rolled around.
And then we waited.
We waited for Dorne to come around. We started getting glimpses of it as early as Episode #2 where the Water Garden is shot in the gardens of the Royal Alcazar of Seville. By the time the Season came to an end, almost every nook and corner of the Alcazar had been highlighted in the series.
Here were some of our favorite highlights from the Dornish, I mean, the Sevillian Palace.
Ambassador’s Hall: The meeting between Jamie Lannister, Doran Martell and Ellaria Sand occurs in the Ambassador’s Hall of the palace. The first two photographs are ours, the other two are from the show.
Capture of Jamie Lannister: Incidentally, the Golden Ceiling that Jamie passes while walking to the meeting with Doran also happens to be in the Ambassador’s Hall – so in a way, he came back to square one. But who is counting. Again, the first two pictures are ours.
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken: Ellaria and the Sand Snakes plot the killing of Myrcella Lannister in the Moorish Baths of the Alcazar. The left photograph is what we took, while the right one is from the show.