I find it extremely interesting to watch Game of Thrones not only for its own sake, but also for the fact that it is filmed partly in my country of origin – Malta. When I first saw the first episode, the first few scenes where Khal Drogo appears felt somehow familiar. Once the ‘Dwejra’ arch came into view, I had no doubt – this was Gozo, Malta’s sister island.
There seems to have been quite a bit of trouble with this site, due to the local development regulator issuing permits for filling up the rocky bay with large quantities of sand for the shooting. Turns out this wiped out a big chunk of the ecosystem in the area.
In any case, another interesting location is Mdina, Malta’s old capital, which is part of the cityscape of King’s Landing, although greatly enhanced with CGI. Mdina’s Mdina Gate, the old city’s main entrance, serves as the gate to King’s Landing, as seen here in episode two:
Here’s Mdina Gate during a normal afternoon:
Another part of the sceneryis Fort Ricasoli, which is as shown as the gate into the Red Keep. Ricasoli’s gate is quite a prepossessing sight, with its twisting columns and huge doorway leading into the 17th Century fort.
It’s quite a weird feeling to watch scenes from your own country on an international show. That said, it feels great that they made such a great show as Game of Thrones out of it! There are more locations I’ve noticed, so I’ll keep this as a part one post, and leave the other for another day.