The seventh season of Game of Thrones feels a very long way away right now. Add to that the fact that the end of the show is firmly set for 2018, the next two seasons are both three episodes shorterand there’s still no sign of George R. R. Martin’s next book, The Winds of Winter, and it looks like this winter is going to be a long, cold one for Game of Thrones fans.
Despite the previous season of HBO’s Game Of Thrones moving away from its Song of Ice and Firesource material, each episode was rapturously received – and fans were delighted when, after six long seasons, Daenerys finally set sail for Westeros, intent on reclaiming her throne from the Baratheon and Lannister clans. Whilst many viewers may assume that the Mother of Dragons would be heading straight for King’s Landing to have her dragons barbecue the few Lannisters who aren’t dead already, rumors emerging from the show’s Spanish on-location sets are suggesting otherwise.
Respected Game of Thrones Spanish-language fan site, Los Siete Reinos has reported (via Winter Is Coming) that theGame of Thrones crew is currently preparing to film on location at three Basque beaches: Ituzrun in Zumaia, Muriola in Barrika and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Bermeo. And whilst it was originally suspected that these locations indicated Daenerys’ fleet would be splitting into groups, the site now believes that all three sets are being used as one on-screen location.
Although there has been no official confirmation as to which location that is exactly, LSR strongly believe that these scenes will be taking place at Dragonstone, the former home of the Targaryens. The Spanish site, which has a pretty good reputation when it comes to Game of Thrones rumors, is also hearing that none other than Kit Harrington is due to fly out to the Basque seaside, suggesting season 7 will finally see Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clark) meet face-to-face.
Although the reports lay firmly in rumor territory for now, Dany returning to Dragonstone makes perfect sense – both in the emotional act of reclaiming her family home and in terms of finding a tactical base for her invasion (something Stannis also used the place for). The suggestions of Jon and Dany meeting there are also highly plausible. The two characters represent the titular ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ and their coming face-fo-face is inevitable at some point, especially given the reveal of Jon’s true parentage at the end of season six. It also makes sense that as the new King In The North, the victorious bastard would want to make contact with a powerful invading force.
When filming at the beach locations begins next Wednesday, photographic evidence may emerge to prove or disprove these theories. However, it’s possible HBO may have learned their lesson from last year and increased security after a presumed dead Jon Snow was snapped in Ireland wielding a sword in Stark-crested armor. Although these revelations aren’t quite on the same level of spoiler, some fans may still feel disappointment at the thought of Dany delaying her assault on King’s Landing a little bit longer.
Of course without the books to guide us, it’s impossible to tell exactly which direction producers D. B. Weiss and David Benioff will take the show until its eventual return in mid-2017. Game of Thronesseason six proved that even without George R. R. Martin’s novels to base itself on, the show is as must-see as it always has been. Now if only they’d tell us what happened to Gendry.