WARNING: Potential spoilers for Game of Thrones season 7 ahead.
Ever since its remarkably faithful adaptation of the first book in season 1 of Game of Thrones, each season since has veered further and further away from the novels. Season 6 marked the year the television series well and truly broke free of the book’s narrative, moving into territory far beyond what’s been published so far. It’s a decision that’s received a mixed response from book readers, but for the most part, no longer being strictly beholden to the novel has given the television series a new and exciting energy.
Season 7 will be the real test if Game of Thrones can continue to deliver on the high expectations its built seeing as it’ll be the season covering entirely new and unknown developments. With filming getting underway a little later than usual for this season, we had thought we’d be waiting a while before any news began trickling out, but that hasn’t been the case. Many of the cast have already received their scripts for season 7 (which will be only seven episodes as opposed the usual ten) and a casting call for new characters has also cropped up online.
Now from our friends over at Watchers on the Wall, we’re hearing some rumors about what might be in store for season 7. They report that the cast is currently arriving in Northern Ireland to begin preparing for another season of filming and that there’s some construction activity beginning around the village of Corbet, which hosted much of the Riverrun action last season. But what’s most intriguing is a detail they’ve learned from a trusted source concerning Daenerys’ journey in Westeros.
As viewers will recall, Dany finally made the voyage across the Narrow Sea with her massive army and is expected to reach the Seven Kingdoms next season. When she does, it’s basically anyone’s guess just what she’ll do first, but according to Watchers‘ source, Dany will visit the Dragonpit in Kings’ Landing next season. Those who only watch the show will be forgiven for not immediately recognizing the significance of this location, but book readers should be pretty darn excited to hear we may get to visit the Dragonpit in an upcoming episode.
The Dragonpit is a structure located on a hill in King’s Landing where the later Targaryens would house their royal dragons – think of it like a stable, only instead of horses it has massive, fire-breathing lizards. Over the years, those dragons bred in the pit grew smaller and more deformed, something Daenerys’ brother, Viserys explained to viewers back in season 1. Clearly, dragons aren’t creatures who do well in captivity (just ask poor Viserion and Rhaegal). After enduring civil wars and uprisings, the Dragonpit now stands as a gaping ruin, its dome roof collapsed and what remains of the structure blackened by dragon flame and wildfire alike.
So why would Daenerys visit the ruined Dragonpit? Well, your guess is as good as anyone’s, but it’s possible she’ll investigate the location as a place to house her own large and unruly dragons. Or perhaps its location high up on a hill overlooking King’s Landing becomes the perfect vantage point to stage an attack on the city. Or she could simply want to learn more about her family’s history and dragon-breeding heritage. Whatever the reason, the rumor that Dany visits the Dragonpit next season can be backed up by some filming locations scouted for next season, including the Roman ruins in Italica, which includes a colosseum with a sunken pit at the center.
Game of Thrones will return for its seventh season in the summer of 2017 on HBO.
Source: Watchers on the Wall