The world of Westeros comes alive in two new videos from. The first is a featurette revealing behind-the-scenes from the production on location in Spain, while the second is an expansion of the show’s opening credits filled with various Easter eggs and locations across the land.
“One of the many great things about our show is the combination of what is real and what’s not,” Peter Dinklage (a.k.a. Tyrion Lannister) says in the featurette. He added, “If it was all VFX, we’d be in studio city right now. We’re in, on the Mediterranean coast of Spain because we need this. We needed a skin, we need the sun and ancient castles that the Moore’s built.” The video goes on to show footage of Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), as well as interviews with executive producer Bernie Caulfield, producer Chris Newman, line producer Peter Welter Soler, actors Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H’Ghar) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Brandon Stark), and more.
According to Newman, there were five big locations utilized in Spain: Girona (seemingly used for Jaqen’s scenes in Braavos, a desert in Bardenas Reales (for Dany’s encounter with the new Dothraki khalasar), a castle in the colder Siberia Spain, Peniscola, and Almeria. Showing off more of the fantastical world, HBO, Facebook, Oculus, and Elastic (the designers behind the show’s opening credits sequence) teamed up to give the opener the 360/VR treatment. Watch both videos below:
HBO has teased the action and drama that ensues when the Game of Thrones Season 6 premiere drops April 24th. Daenerys, Cersei (Lena Headey), Sansa (Sophie Turner), and Arya (Maisie Williams) are dealing with the cards they’ve been dealt, while fans are still debating whether Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is really…well, you know. Michael Lombardo, HBO programming president, also told Entertainment Weekly that these female characters really help to carry the season forward.
Game of Thrones Season 6 debuts Sunday, April 24th on HBO.