HBO Max has just released a new video featuring the Portuguese footage of House of The Dragon, including exclusive production details and trivia from cast and crew members.
“The trip to Portugal was unprecedented for Game of Thrones and even for the film industry in general. So there is a lot of Portugal to see on television”, says co-creator, co-showrunner and screenwriter Ryan Condal. He adds: “It’s a beautiful country and great for filming. When we saw Monsanto, on a mountain, we found Dragonstone. In the original series, Dragonstone was a coast of Northern Spain. There you could only see one facet of the island, the beach, but we needed the rest of the island, we needed a whole world. That’s what we found at the top of that steep mountain in Portugal.” Miguel Sapochnik, co-showrunner and director says: “We went a bit on a whim and our jaws dropped”.
According to Emma D’Arcy (Rhaenyra Targaryen): “We shot on top of a hill in Portugal. You could see miles around.” And she adds, “That’s amazing.”
For Sofia Noronha, Production Manager: “We came to a country that has never had a series of this scale. We came to a village that has never seen anything on this scale and a very inaccessible place. But we had immense support from the locals. They gave up their homes, worked on the show and loved the experience.” Sofia adds, “This is a big event for Portugal, for our entire industry and for the entire local team”.
Based on “Fire and Blood” by George RR Martin, “House of The Dragon”, which takes place 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones”, tells the story of House Targaryen.