Games of Thrones chooses Cesares as European film base

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Members of the HBO production team are staying at local hotels and have contacted local companies that will provide technical support. The American fantasy television series has had a technical office in the city since July last year and, according to production company sources, will be there for a long time because “Casares is the European base for filming and is where the office and the entire technical team will be located.”

“Game of Thrones” won’t officially begin filming until October, but the economic impact is already being felt, sources close to HBO confirm to regional newspaper El Periodico de Extremadura. “It involves complex shots, so many technicians and other film specialists are needed.”

Episodes of “House of Dragons” will be shot in Casares, as announced by the city’s mayor, Luis Salaya, on June 30. Shooting began in April and the actors are expected to reach Cáceres this fall. Production house Fresco Films, Link in Spain for the production, has also chosen locations in Trujillo, which is also a World Heritage city in Extremadura.

This is the second time the famous television series has chosen Casares as one of its locations. In 2016, several episodes of the seventh season had already been shot in the historic center of the city. That same year, the production team traveled to Los Barucos in the Malapartida de Caceres to capture the epic battle of the same season.

However, the filming of ‘House of the Dragon’ is not going smoothly due to the world health situation. Filming had to be halted last month after a production member tested positive for Covid-19 while filming scenes in the UK.

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In December 2016, two days were filmed in the monumental city. As a result, the Arco de la Estrela, Plaza de Santa María, Cuesta de la Compaía and Plaza de las Veletas were immortalized and are often visited by fans.

Before that, Malpartida de Cáceres hosted all the teams to shoot the big fight. It took 23 days. Trujillo Castle was the first filming location in Extremadura. The bloody conflicts of the Lannisters, Starks and Targaryens were fought with the province of Caesares as the backdrop.

Game of Thrones is the most watched series in history. Fantasy television series based on the books in the series The Song of Ice and Fire by American author George R.R. Martin.

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