I’m a nerd. Like honestly. Joss Whedon is a god and Buffy is the best show ever. Period. And if you know this about me, you won’t be surprised that I’m also a huge fan of other fantasy series. Yes, I love Game of Thrones. And no, I haven’t read the books, so please no spoilers in the comments! If you haven’t seen all episodes yet or haven’t even started watching, no worries: there are no real spoilers in this post (besides some tiny little spoilers from season 1). If you have no idea what Game of Thrones is all about, watch this video, so we all know what I’m talking about:
So far, so good. Now you probably want to know what Malta has got to do with that.
Malta and Game of Thrones
Many scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed in Malta. (Check out this map for all the Game of Thrones filming locations.) If you’ve been to Malta you won’t be surprised. At many places on this island you get the feeling like you’re walking through another world or another time. Especially Mdina really fascinated me. When you’re walking through its narrow streets you’re just waiting for the Kingsguard to come round the next corner, or you’re looking for a pile of horse dung, just in case you’ll be meeting Joffrey.
Which scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed in Malta?
Mdina Gate was used as King’s Landing Gate in episode #103 “Lord Snow”, when Catelyn Stark and Ser Rodrik ride into the city.
Pjazza Mesquita in Mdina was Littlefinger’s brothel, also in episode #103 “Lord Snow”.
The famous Azure Window on the Maltese island Gozo was the background of Daenerys and Khal Drogo’s wedding in episode #101 “Winter is Coming”.
Next time I’m going to Malta I want to see even more filming locations. There’s even a Game of Thrones Tour in Malta designed by the original location manager. Oh you want to travel the REAL Game of Thrones world? Why not. A trip from Winterfell to King’s Landing will take you about 552 hours in a carriage. Return from $281. True thing. Check this out here.