HBO has pushed out another “behind the scenes” that features filming in Croatia.
You can see some of the King’s Landing and Qarth sets. Mostly the spoken content of this little video is what Jason Rubin and I used to call “Cinecrap”* which is the entirely positive marketing spew. In this case talking about how wonderful Croatia is. But actually, cinecrap or not, it’s probably true, as the place does look gorgeous. Even the Roman Emperor Diocletian thought so as he built his giant pleasure palace there, declaring it to be one of the nicest places in the Empire. And his conquests had afforded him the grand tour. Plus I’ve wanted to visit for some time myself :-).
That it looks medieval doesn’t hurt either.
* By the way, the origin of the “Cinecrap” term stems from us reading a lot of Cinefex magazine in the early 90s. This cool special effects journal went in depth on the making of movies like Terminator 2, Aliens, and the like. The articles had long interviews with the effects directors who spewed out a lot of praise for whatever film making team was paying their salary. Still, it was a fun magazine.