These pictures are the first glimpse of the Game of Thrones film set in Spain and it’s such a big deal as there are hopes the production will give the country economy a huge boost.
Series five of the HBO fantasy show has taken over the city of Osuna by hiring more than a 1,000 locals, 600 of those to work as on-screen as extras. It is also a financial bonus for hotels in the area as they are all fully-booked until filming ends.

It’s reported Game of Thrones generated £19m for Northern Ireland when it was filmed there.

Crowds have also swarmed to the city, south of Seville, in the hope of getting a photo of one of the stars from the show.

Most of the filming with the extras has taken place in the Osuna bullring for a key fighting scene.

The shoot kicked off on 16 October and when a local production company, Fresco Film, advertised for extras it was swamped with 86,000 applications to appear in the show.
Unemployment in Spain remains the second highest in the European Union after Greece, even as the Spanish economy has completed its first full year of financial growth since 2008 according to Bloomberg.
The country emerged from a two-year recession last year.

Spain is the seventh country in which Game of Thrones has been shot after America (for the bear pit scene), Croatia (for King’s Landing), Morocco, Malta (both for Slaver’s Bay cities), Iceland (for scenes that take place north of the Wall) and Northern Ireland (main production base for Game of Thrones is located in Belfast).

“It’s been a great, uplifting moment for the country,” James Costos, the US ambassador to Spain told EW.

“There’s tremendous excitement all over Spain, and it highlights the fact there are incredibly talented people here.”

Filming initially focused on the 15th century Alcázar palace, a lavish sprawling compound in Seville that on the show will serve as the home of House Martell.

The Games of Thrones Season 5 premiere is expected to screen in early 2015.