Despite announcements that the HBO series Game of Thrones was not planning to film in Dubrovnik this season it seems that the mega popular series can’t do without Dubrovnik. HBO have been filming in Dubrovnik, which plays the part of Kings Landing in the serial, since season two.
Early Thursday morning, a camera crew under heavy security, gathered at the Pile entrance into the historic Old City of Dubrovnik. Whereas is previous seasons, when the crews spent upwards of three weeks in the city, Dubrovnik was being used as a daytrip destination for HBO this sixth season. Our cameras were on the scene as one of the leading ladies of the Game of Thrones, the British actress Lena Headey, arrived in the early morning. Queen Cersei Lannister almost had a problem reaching the set as she raced in front of a coach full of surprised cruise ship passengers.
The beach underneath the ancient Dubrovnik City Walls on Pile was the backdrop for the express filming as Lena Headey gazed out towards the St. Lawrence Fortress and the Adriatic Sea. And Lena’s hairstyle has changed since the last episode of season five when Queen Cersei Lannister walked the “Walk of Shame” with a shaved head. Along with Headey on the set was the Icelandic giant Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson who plays Gregor Clegane in the serial. Dubrovnik has been the location for King's Landing, the centre of the seven Kingdoms, since the second season of Game of Thrones. However this year HBO officially stated that they would not be filming in Dubrovnik, but rather the whole production team had moved to the Catalan city of Girona.