'Game of Thrones'
A picture of actor Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in HBO TV series "Game of Thrones." Facebook/ Game of Thrones

The King’s Landing set is nearing completion for “Game of Thrones” season 8. Filming related to the fictional city was previously done at Dubrovnik, but now, the producers are trying to recreate it by building a physical set.

New pictures posted on Watchers on the Wall show the city gates nearing completion. The addition to the set is the copper dome, a replica of one of St Blaise’s Church in Dubrovnik.

Filming is currently taking place at Magheramorne and Saintfield. Later, the cast and crew will start working on the newly constructed production set.

Why was a physical set built this time around instead of filming in Dubrovnik like before? The main reason for this, according to reports, are the action sequences. The production set is expected to face heavy damage while filming the battle scenes.

The King’s Landing set is expected to be completed in May. It isn’t clear, however, when filming will start at this location. Although a lot has already been completed, there are still plenty to be done before producers get the final cut ready for airing.

There are only six episodes on the show, but the production schedule is just as long as the one for a regular 10-episode season.

There are concerns about the last six episodes being rushed in terms of pacing. There are many massive action scenes that may leave little room for drama and dialogue.

Addressing the concern, actress Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) said in an interview with Metro that it will not feel like a rushed conclusion. She added that the series will go “over and above the fans expectations as they do every season.”