‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 5, Spain Filming Begins Despite Torrential Rain, Winter Is Coming, Highlight Hollywood News

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Film crews on Friday began shooting part of the fifth season of popular US fantasy television series “Game of Thrones” in the southern Spanish city of Seville, delighting local authorities who expect a tourism boost, and much needed jobs to the faltering Spanish economy.  But the country that will double as the City of Dorne in “Thrones,” wasn’t its normal desert climate today.

 

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Onlookers held umbrellas to protect themselves against driving rain as they tried to look over a pastel coloured synthetic canvas set up around the gardens of the Real Alcazar palace. The barrier was set up to keep plot details of the HBO series top secrets.

 

 

The palace, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture in old Seville packed with columned courtyards and elaborately tiled halls, said on its website that it will undergo “partial closures” until the end of October during the filming of the series.

 

 

Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have reportedly obtained special permission to tint the waters of the pools of the palace’s courtyard gardens dark blue for one scene of the fifth season of the series, which started being filmed in Northern Ireland earlier this year.

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They will use an eco-friendly product that evaporates several days after being used in the water, according to daily newspaper ABC.

 

 

Seville, with its picturesque alleys, hidden plazas and flower-decked patios, already draws about two million tourists a year and local officials are optimistic that the series will draw more visitors.

 

 

Season four of the series, a tale of battles and betrayal mixed with a generous helping of sex and bloodshed, averaged 18 million weekly viewers in the United States alone, making it one of the most watched series in television history.  This is HBO, premium cable, not basic cable.

 

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After filming wraps up in Seville, the crew will later this month move on to Osuna, a small hilltop town surrounded by olive groves located some 80 kilometres (50 miles) away which will reportedly serve as the backdrop for a battle scene.

 

 

Spain’s unemployment rate is 24.5 percent, with Americans whining about 5 percent.

 

 

All Men Must Die!  At least in Dorne!

 

 

“Game of Thrones” returns in April 2015.

 

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: HBO
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