Since Monday, sections of Seville's stunning Alcázar have been cordoned off to prevent tourists from catching a glimpse of the biggest show in town: the filming of scenes for season five of Games of Thrones.
But Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau — who plays Jaime Lannister on the show — almost saw himself barred from filming recently when staff at the massively popular tourist attraction failed to recognize him, asking to see his ticket before he could enter the complex.
Instead of making a scene though, the actor simply returned to the ticket office, paid his €9.50 ($12.00) admission fee and reentered.
"He didn't say anything," one of the staff who checks tickets at the palace — the oldest royal residence in Europe still in use — said later.
The incident also recalls the family motto of the character played by Coster-Waldau: "A Lannister always pays his debts."
Seville's Alcázar is one of several locations in Andalusia being used as a location in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. The southern Spanish province of Seville is being used as a a stand-in for Dorne, the harsh desert region in the Games of Thrones universe.
The presence of actors from the show has added a touch of extra excitement to the city of Seville in recent days with locals getting themselves snapped with the stars.
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It has even sparked a flamenco cover of the Games of Thrones theme song:
The arrival of Games of Thrones in Spain has not, however, been without its controversy. A gang of scammers are believed to have made up to €100,000 from a fake hotline aimed at eager extras for the hit TV series.
A casting call for 'slim' extras without tattoos also raised eyebrows.