Alcazar - Game of Thrones

The stunning gold ceiling of the Alcazar. © Sophie Carefull
The stunning gold ceiling of the Ambassadors' Hall of the Alcazar in Seville.

Game of Thrones FILMED in The Alcazar, Seville

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The Alcazar of Seville was used as a location for scenes in Season Five of the hugely successful HBO TV series, Game of Thrones, watched in an estimated 170 countries.

Parts of episodes 2, 6, 7 and 9 were shot in the UNESCO World Heritage-recognised palace complex in October 2014, and the season was first aired in April 2015 and released on DvD in March 2016.

The location from George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books which the Alcazar represents is the Water Gardens of Dorne, private estate of the House of Martell. Dorne is the southernmost of the Seven Kingdoms in the series, and is the hottest and most exotic, famous for its excellent wine and licentious natives. The clothes of the Dornish are more richly coloured and elaborate than those of residents in other areas of the medieval-era world depicted in the series.

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The rooms and areas which appeared in the series are: Mercury's Pool and the Grotto Gallery; the Ambassadors´ Hall; the Baths of Maria de Padilla; and the gardens, including the Pavilion of Carlos V. The key scenes are in episodes 6 and 9.

In episode 2
Prince Doran Martell has a heated discussion with Ellaria Sand, lover of Doran's late brother Prince Oberyn, and mother of Oberyn's three daughters, while sitting on a terrace outside King Pedro's palace overlooking the beautiful gardens, Mercury's Pool and the Grutesco Gallery. Doran is watching his son Trystane play with his betrothed Myrcella Baratheon (whose family Ellaria holds responsible for her beloved's death).

In episode 6
Jamie Lannister arrives at the palace gardens, aiming take his niece (actually his illegitimate daughter) Myrcella home to safety.

Ellaria secretly meets her daughters, known as the Sand Snakes, by Maria de Padilla's baths, to plot revenge for Oberyn's death. By interesting coincidence, the hidden vaulted pool was designed for another personality who was caught in an unconventional royal extra-marital situation - King Pedro's mistress, Maria de Padilla.

Jaime Lannister has a confrontation with his Myrcella and her betrothed Trystane in the gardens, next to the Pavilion of Carlos V, before being set upon by the Sand Snakes, who are trained fighters. Then all of them are apprehended by Martell soldiers.

In episode 7
Jaime explains to Myrcella why he needs to take her home, in his private chamber.

In episode 9
Prince Doran receives Jaime in the Ambassadors' Hall, along with Myrcella, Trystane and Ellaria, and we can see this salon in its full glory of coloured ceramic tiles, arches and plasterwork - furniture, plants and curtains were added to give the room the air of a residence. A later scene shows the feisty Ellaria reluctantly swearing allegiance to Prince Doran, with the Patio de las Doncellas behind.

Below is a video documentary in Spanish about the filming of the episodes in Seville.

 

The other main location used was the Bullring of Osuna