Game of Thrones is one of the most popular TV shows ever made. It’s also one of the most expensive, with filming taking place in multiple countries at once!
By the way, if you’re more of a Lord of the Rings fan, you can check out our post about visiting their filming locations here.
Anyway, back to Game of Thrones!
This show uses some of the most beautiful settings on Earth. Even if you’re not a huge fan of the show, it is still worth checking these places out.
The Filming Locations
The main studios are in Belfast in Northern Ireland. This is where a lot of the indoor sets are located like the Red Keep as an example.
However, these studios are not the only filming locations in Northern Ireland.
Lots of the outdoor sets are situated here as well. Places like Winterfell and Castle Black being two notable examples.
So in the first season of Game of Thrones, Northern Ireland was a primary filming location.
But in order to capture the warmer, more tropical climate of King’s Landing, they also filmed in Malta. After season one finished, they didn’t return here, however.
The Game of Thrones crew expanded for their second season, moving to two more filming locations.
One of these places was Croatia, in particular the city of Dubrovnik which was used for most of the outdoor scenes in King’s Landing. The city also has ancient walls right next to the sea which was also well suited to the King’s Landing landscape.
Various other spots in Croatia were also used, most notably for some scenes set in Qarth.
The second new country they filmed in was Iceland. Iceland provided ideal landscapes for the area north of The Wall. An equal blend of freezing wilderness and beauty, these extreme conditions were just what was needed to capture the land of the White Walkers.
They kept filming in these two countries all the way through Season 5.
They started filming in Morocco for season 3 to represent the cities of Astapor and Yunkai in Slaver’s Bay.
However, once the season was over, filming didn’t return here.
In season 5, a new place was introduce called Dorne. By this point, Game of Thrones had already established itself as one of the most successful TV shows ever made, so the crew decided it was worth it to spend the money to film in Spain.
Most of the filming took place in Seville, in the historic Islamic palaces in the area.
Filming in Multiple Countries Simultaneously
To get an idea of how big the scale is for this show, I’m going to tell you about how they filmed in multiple countries at the same time!
In the first season, they filmed in just two countries simultaneously (Northern Ireland and Malta).
They upped that to three countries for season 2 and season 4.
In seasons 3 and 5, they filmed in a whopping 4 countries at the same time!
If you guys want more details about visiting the locations themselves, this is a really good video to watch…
I’m probably going to do at least a couple more of these posts about famous movie places that you can visit. The next one is going to be on Harry Potter I think, for all you Harry Potter nerds!
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