Seville: Actors in Emmy-winning television epic Game of Thrones got a front row seat at the Lionel Messi show on Sunday as the Argentine superstar scored his 500th Barcelona goal.
In July, programme makers HBO announced that for the seventh season, a number of Spanish cities and landscapes would be used for filming, including Seville, Caceres and Almodovar del Rio. However, the show is no stranger to Spain, as they have regularly used locations in Spain to shoot for scenes based in Essos, which is one of the fantasy show's more desert-like landscapes. Club officials at Sevilla took the opportunity to invite the actors to watch the match at the Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium.
Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie, Conleth Hill, and Hafthor Julius Bjornsson were amongst the Game of Thrones team present at the Sanchez-Pzjuan.
The award-winning actors were in great spirits despite Sevilla slumping to defeat, courtesy a late Luis Suarez winner. The Sevilla media team cleverly capitalised on the stars' presence, posting several pictures of the celebrities enjoying the atmosphere during the game.
— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) November 6, 2016
The actors, who entertain an audience of millions during the course of a season, were in store for some great entertainment themselves as Lionel Messi dazzled the Sevilla defence on multiple occasions. Messi's stunning performance was even lauded by the Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays one-handed knight Jamie Lannister.
A video posted by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (@nikolajwilliamcw) on
The stars donned Sevilla scarves as they watched the action unfold from the VIP area. They were also presented with custom Sevilla jerseys by club president José Castro.
Emilia Clarke, who plays Denaerys 'Mother of Dragons' Targaryen, suggested that her uncle would be proud of her heckling skills through her Instagram post.
While their continued presence at Sevilla games may be doubtful, the event certainly made for a great outing for the stars, and their presence also helped boost the club's international profile.
Here's what Twitter had to say about it
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) November 6, 2016
— M.A.J (@UItraSuristic) November 6, 2016
With inputs from agencies