Warning: Potential SPOILERS for Game of Thrones season 7 ahead
As Game of Thrones fans look ahead to season 7 of the series with no book source material to guide them, a lot of speculation has focused on one question: What form will Daenerys Targaryen’s long-awaited invasion of Westeros take? At the end of season 6, Daenerys had consolidated both her power and her dragons. She defeated the slave masters in Essos, acquired a Navy, and assembled the beginnings of an alliance, bringing the Sand Snakes of Dorne, the Queen of Thorns and Theon and Yara Greyjoy, along with new Hand of the Queen Tyrion Lannister and Lord Varys.
Ever since season 7 began production a few weeks ago, fans of the show have been studying locations and even casting notices to get some clues as to what to expect next season. For instance, the show is filming in several locations in Spain that have not previously been featured in the series, which indicates that those locations may stand in for spots along the way of the Targaryen invasion. Now, we have some indication of what those locations are.
According to the Spanish fan site Los Siete Reinos, as cited by WinterisComing.net, Game of Thrones will be filming in November at three Spanish locations: The Royal Shipyards of Seville, at the Ruins of Italica in the town of Santiponce, and possibly at the Alcázar de Seville. In addition, the production will spend an entire month shooting on a private estate in Malpartida, also in Spain. The latter shoot will require 500 extras and 100 horses, according to the report.
The report goes on to note that the scene likely involves Unsullied soldiers and Dothraki horsemen, and that characters will be traveling by wagon who are attacked by other characters. And finally, the report states that one sequence will involve a character falling into water, in which that character is rescued by a (CGI) dragon.
So what can we glean from this incomplete information? We know that Daenerys, her Dragons and her army will be marching through the Southern parts of Westeros, the ones untouched so far by winter, so it’s only natural that the Spanish locations would stand in for those parts of the continent. The question is, where exactly will they be, and who exactly will they be fighting? Is it Dorne? The Reach? And will the Lannister army have reached that far South in time to fight the Targaryen forces, or will it be some other entity aligned with them?
All we do know is, we’re finally going to see some events that Game of Thrones fans have been awaiting for many years.
Game of Thrones will return, on HBO and HBO Go and HBO NOW in the summer of 2017.