Game of Thrones reportedly eyeing a location in northern Spain

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Season 6 is over, and we’re back to looking ahead at the next season of Game of Thrones! Today we have some season 7 locations news for you, out of Spain.

The Basque newspaper Gara, via EITB, reports that the town of Zumaia, in the northern part of Spain will be a new location for season 7. Itzurun Beach is the specific location Game of Thrones is reportedly interested in. Representatives of Fresco Films (who handle production services for GoT in Spain) have been scouting the area and are searching for accommodations. Gara‘s sources don’t have official confirmation yet, but say that it should be coming “in the near future.” Filming could begin in September, if the source is correct.

Itzurun Beach is a beautiful area that has unique geological features called “flysch,” striated layers of rock, in addition to more typical beach sand areas.

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There is no news as to which storyline this location could be used for, so we’re left to speculate at this point. Game of Thrones has used several of the Northern Irish beaches, so it’s not too surprising they might want to expand into other countries. The terrain is not too different from what we’ve seen of Westeros coastlines, shot in in Northern Ireland.

Is this another Westeros site? Perhaps someplace unique like Dragonstone since Daenerys is on the move and has to land somewhere- why not her birthplace? Or will Dany or Euron’s ships brings them to places other than Westeros before we finally get that arrival in Westeros that we’ve been waiting for, for so long. Or something else altogether!

What do you think, readers?

Big thanks to our reader Llámalo X for bringing the info to our attention!

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    1. WHAAAT!

      Game of Thrones coming to the Basque Country? Hopefully it pans out. At last, I could visit the set with little difficulty. It would be a dream come true! 🙂

      It could be the Iron Islands if next time we see Euron he’s still there. If not, it could be Dragonstone or the Stormlands or wherever Daenerys lands.

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    2. It must be dragon stone for sure..those layers of rocks made me think dragonstone even before you mentioned it below ..

      Dragonstone is the place that makes the most sense for dany to land .some of the ships may land in dorne if there is not space ..

      We need dany tyrion beside the wesreros table ( which was spoiled by mel and stannis ) and send ravens to the Lords and ladies of westeros from there ..

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    3. They’ve already shown Dragonstone beaches, so while it does look like would make the most sense, because it looks awesome, I’m going to throw my hat into the Casterly Rock crowd. Jamie might need to go there.

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    4. I truly hope the negotiations work out.

      Zumaia is like half an hour away for me, it’d be rather easy to visit the set… well, to get close to it, anyway. After all, Game of Thrones protects its filming locations fiercely. Hopefully, I can sneak in somehow 😛

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    5. It looks more like the Fingers to me.

      They’ve already shown Dragonstone in the show, so it would be a hard sell to change up the location. Plus I don’t think it makes military sense for Dany to go there. Her army is much more dangerous in open lands than in an amphibious assault, and she has two large land powers in Westeros on her side.

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    6. crimethink,

      I think its wasteof time spending time speaking about logistics and
      Time..before season people were against the idea of all dothraki going to westeros. .look what happened .

      Dragon stone is the place she is born ..the place of dragons and her ancestors …it holds a value to her and place in her heart..and since she is aegon the conqueror with tits she will be doing what he did at the start of his campaign..

      And lastly I really need a scene of dany standing beside the table of westeros which aegon had painted for his conquest..

      Infact i am starting to believe that may be the ending of episode 1 or 2

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    7. What about the Far West – what lies further west than Westeros….its the edge of the world!!

      Just sayin…

      OT: Why did Arya mention that anyway – i didn’t read any discussions after that ep so sont know what the Fan’s Verdict was???

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    8. crimethink:
      They’ve already shown Dragonstone in the show, so it would be a hard sell to change up the location.

      The Sept of Baelor looked different in pretty much every season, so I don’t think the show is going to be concerned about changing up some beaches that we saw maybe 2-3 times, and not since Season 4.

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    9. This is torture!!!!! They never stop scouting locations close to France, but they NEVER shoot here… Last year was Girona and now Basque country! 🙁

      Luka Nieto,
      You lucky fellow !

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    10. My first thought is Dragonstone too. Will it be possible for all those ships to land there though? The island is not really equipped to accommodate that number of people or ships, unless Dany breaks up her army.
      I don’t know if anybody would be interested in Storm’s End now. Who is holding the castle on the show right now?

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    11. ghost of winterfell,

      The show never addressed Storm’s End, so probably the Lannisters hold it.

      I doubt it’s Storm’s End, since the show hasn’t done anything with that location until now. It wouldn’t hold much narrative weight.

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    12. Most likely Dragonstone beach. I expect this will be the Queen’s Landing spot. Why?
      – Dany was born at Dragonstone and belonged to her family.
      – Dragonstone is already established in the show and even in the opening credits.
      – The map of Westeros is an awesome set.
      – Close proximity to King’s Landing.

      Other candidates: Storm’s End, Dorne. Not very likely. Dany has no need to go to Dorne: it already pledged itself to her (as Dorne in the show exists of 4 people, a few guards and one palace). The Stormlands are more or less forgotten about.

      Or it could be something involving Euron and the west coast of Westeros.

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    13. THE KIT IN THE NORTH!

      My first thought was Casterly Rock.

      No way, Dany can fit all her people on Dragonstone. She’ll probably land in Dorne and start from there.

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    14. Sacred Lime:
      Dany will land in Dorne i’d of thought.. pick up the rest of her forces. Could be a Dornish coastline?

      I don’t think so. What is the advantage of going to Dorne first? The region already pledged itself to her cause. Furthermore, it is an region that is more or less isolated from the rest of Westeros and heading through the Red Mountains will only slow them down. Dany has the momentum to act, instead of wait and let herself slow down (again).

      The Tyrell and Dornish troops could join their forces without her (the show gave us Randyll Tarly after all) and march for King’s Landing, while she sails to either Dragonstone or Storm’s End (most likely the former) and plan her naval assault from there.

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    15. I hope this doesn’t mean they won’t use the Canary Islands. Though I’ve never been anywhere close to there, my ancestors came from there so I would get a bit of a trill out of seeing it on GoT.

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    16. Come On!

      It is GoT. Do we really think Dany will just arrive with that whole army in tact? Where’s the fun in that? I predict a serious storm coming…like the one that once hit the Persians.

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    17. I wonder what Olenna’s role will be in the wars to come. A place in Dany’s small council? If so then we have Tyrion, Varys, Missadei, Olenna and Elaria…

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    18. I’m gonna bet on it being Queen’s Landing

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    19. My money is on the Stormlands. From a tactical point of view it is the best place for Dany’s fleet to meet up with both the Tyrell & Dornish land forces, whilst allowing the fleet to the continue into Blackwater Bay.

      With the alliances with Dorne & the Reach there is little point in regrouping on Dragonstone, it splits the forces up. Disembarking in Dorne leaves the land forces with a much longer march.

      Plus an invasion of the Stormlands merges another part of the books into the plot!

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    20. redxgod:
      Come On!

      It is GoT. Do we really think Dany will just arrive with that whole army in tact? Where’s the fun in that? I predict a serious storm coming…like the one that once hit the Persians.

      Agreed. If Dany doesn’t experience some kind of resistance, then this is going to be a pretty horrendously boring story. And don’t forget, there’s Euron Ex Machina waiting out there somewhere.

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    21. I really hope–despite there being no Aegon–that this is a chance for the show to finally give us Storm’s End…It could make for a good base of operations for Dany and the show can reflect on the death of the Baratheon line.

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    22. OT Just saw on the news here that Liam Cunningham and Maisie Williams are in my country, Greece, on the island of Lesbos, helping the numerous refugees and playing with the children. They’re not just great actors but amazing people as well. Love and admire them both.

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    23. kit_hepburn,

      I think whether storm or somehow Euron will find a way. It will be interesting how much of a threat he’ll be and he needs to be. Otherwise it would be boring. Same as Cersei. Daeny has superior numbers and three dragons. Her army needs to be a bit smaller when she fights white walkers.

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    24. Halfman,

      A bit disappointing that Miguel Sapochnik won’t be back next season, looking forward to Alan Taylor returning. Mark Mylod, ehh.

      Besides, from the writers’ comments, it looks like next season is going to be Dany centric.

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    25. ghost of winterfell:
      Halfman,

      Besides, from the writers’ comments, it looks like next season is going to be Dany centric.

      Anyone expected anything different? Daeny is in Westeros and that’s a huge deal for fans and story. If we’re going to get two shorthanded seasons, give us as much as Daeny as they could. It will be fun and interesting storyline.

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    26. Halfman,

      What no Miguel sapochnik..disappointed.

      Glad Clapton and Alan returns ..

      Interesting words by benioff there ..
      She summers in essos ..
      And she will face winter in westeros..
      A cup from fire and cup from ice ..

      Geralt of Rivia,

      It really depends on the purpose that army is intended …GRRm is not going to give that many numbers just have to drown in middle of voyage..
      Why can’t we wait till we see how those numbers come into play before calling it as boring

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    27. It’s tough to anticipate her strategy. Frankly, with a 100,000+ strong land force, mostly mounted, the forces of Highgarden and Sunspear attacking at the same time from the southwest, and air superiority, it hardly matters unless she faces major losses at sea before arriving. Stannis would have taken King’s Landing with 1/5 of what Daenerys is bringing to the table, without dragons, if not for the last-minute save from the Tyrell reinforcements, and the Lannisters have no more allies. Their army alone cannot defend the city.

      The conquest seems pretty much assured. The interesting questions are what sort of wrench does Euron throw in all this, does Cersei just burn down the rest of the city rather than let it be taken, how does the North react (Mormonts and Glovers in particular are going to find it much, much harder to accept working with Theon and Yara than anyone ever had fighting alongside wildlings), will the Lannister forces retreat to the Westerlands or just give up? And of course, what role does the Army of the Dead play. Daenerys may badly outnumber Cersei’s remaining forces, but nobody can outnumber an army that grows exponentially every time it fights a battle. Something other than military strength will be required to win. Even dragons can’t destroy millions of wights faster than they can kill whatever is left of humanity.

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    28. Halfman,

      I liked Mylod’s direction in episode 7, in 8 uhh not so much. Excited for everyone else, especially the newcomer and Alan Taylor! Bring us season 7 news noooow

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    29. ghost of winterfell,

      How could not it be ..
      Its one of the three setpieces George spanned his entire series ..
      1) war of five kings
      2) dany’s conquest
      3)war of dawn.

      I just hope they give her some good dialogue and scenes that show her Human side.

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    30. I know some people aren’t thrilled about Mark Mylod returning. But I think the problem with his episodes lay in the overall plot of those characters, not in his directing. He also gave us one Hell of a chase sequence, both he and Cogman were givin’ the least interesting episode to work with.

      Also Broken Man was actually really, imo.

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    31. No Sapochnik? No Bender?

      Mark Mylod… I really consider him among the poorest directors GoT has ever had. I really don’t have a clue why they let him come back to ruin more storylines next year.

      5×03 and 5×04 were kind of mediocre episodes. I liked “The Broken Man”, but the incredibly dissappointing “No One” sort of ruined Season 6 for me… until Sapochnik came and saved the day with two of the best episodes of the show’s history.

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    32. Andrew Legner:
      I know some people aren’t thrilled about Mark Mylod returning. But I think the problem with his episodes lay in the overall plot of those characters, not in his directing. He also gave us one Hell of a chase sequence, both he and Cogman were givin’ the least interesting episode to work with.

      Also Broken Man was actually really, imo.

      I remember Maisie Williams giving an interview about that chase sequence. She stated that the director wanted an even crazier sequence and she felt that was kind of unnecessary. Furthermore, I cannot stand his defense on the Blackfish dying offscreen and how he felt nothing about showing his death onscreen. Ofcourse he is not entirely to blame, but from what I have seen of this director is that his episodes are either unimpressive or contentious.

      I’m really in love with Season 6, but only talking about 6×08 makes me angry again. Such an anticlimatic, chaotic and inconsistent episode in between some true gems the past season has given us.

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    33. Glad to see Alan Taylor return. And welcome to Matt Shakman.

      Miguel Sapochnik is probably burned out – he pretty much directed a tent-pole blockbuster movie with “Bastards” and “Winter”. I think he’ll definitely return for S8.

      Good to see Michele Clapton come back too.

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    34. Baelor Breakspear,

      No One was well structured visually. Its problems were mainly in the narrative. They just wanted to sort out the RLs in season 6 in just one episode with Jaimie so that in S7 this area will be taken over by Arya, the Hound and Mel+BwB. And therefore felt a bit disconnected. But I think that the Jaimie and BF scenes were great as well as Briene’s with Jaimie. Braavos was also very strong…

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    35. It’s for Sothoryos! They’ve sailed the wrong direction!! Eh, she can add some brindled men to her forces. Seriously though, I don’t know that this location would work for Casterly Rock but it sure would be nice to see in the show. There’s so much mention of it in the show and books yet nothing ever happens there.
      —————
      I’d think sailing the fleet into the Sea of Dorne on the coast of allied Dorne makes sense for Daenerys. They can disembark, have supplies, shelter, etc. and base from there. However, she has the numbers that she could divide her forces and beach at a few locations, but she has a bit of a problem (at the moment) in doing so. Without Jorah or Barriston she has fewer command personnel that are familiar with Westeros. She really only has Yara and Theon unless a Tyrell or Martell battle commander is introduced and trusted. In that case maybe Storm’s End and Dragonstone can be considered eventually. A large contingent sent up the river to Highgarden makes a lot of sense of course.

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    36. I don’t care where it is, but it is good that they are location-hunting for beaches. I means that Dany will land somewhere, or that we’ll get scene set at Casterly Rock, Storm’s End or Starfall.

      The final scene was pretty amazing, but I am a bit uneasy about

      Euron and the sea of blood vision from the Forsaken chapter. In the books it must be the Redwyne or Hightower fleet that he will burn,

      but I wonder if Dany should have split her armada for safety. I hope D&D won’t have us wait 6 seasons for Dany to set sail to Westeros only to have her lose half her army and perhaps a dragon as well due to Euron’s interference.

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    37. Baelor Breakspear,

      It depends on if by crazier she means an intense fight in the dark ending with a face being peeled off.

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    38. Clob: Without Jorah or Barriston she has fewer command personnel that are familiar with Westeros. She really only has Yara and Theon unless a Tyrell or Martell battle commander is introduced and trusted. In that case maybe Storm’s End and Dragonstone can be considered eventually.

      Good point. She has absolutely no one in her team who is good at leading armies on land. The Ironborn can handle naval battles. The Dothraki can wreak havoc in Crownlands and Riverlands, but they will not be of help in a siege (say Storm’s End or Casterly Rock). Tyrion is good in strategy, but they have no battle commanders to lead them in battle. Tyrion led Blackwater battle because there was no other choice, and I doubt he’d repeat that. Grey Worm is not familiar with Westeros. And I think Randyll Tarly may take Cersei’s side in the battle. If he does not, then Dany has too easy a conquest of the Reach.

      Maybe we’ll see Paxter Redwyne (Olenna’s nephew?), Matthis Rowan and some Stormlords next season.

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    39. aabe,

      It probably is going to happen. They have to add some tension. If their ships are attacked the Dothraki are useless. What are horse riding barbarians going to do stuck on a ship? I don’t know if she’ll lose a dragon, but I’d bet good money she loses a portion of her army. Yara and/or Theon will probably die in this as well I would guess. Probably Yara.

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    40. Casterly Rock was my first thought. Toss up between that and Dragonstone, but based on the fact Dragonstone is so small…well, we shall see, won’t we?

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    41. Joe,

      That could be possible. I’d love to see the stormlands in greater depth. Don’t really know who is in charge of Storm’s End these days.

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    42. aabe:
      And I think Randyll Tarly may take Cersei’s side in the battle. If he does not, then Dany has too easy a conquest of the Reach.

      Why would Tarly ever side with Cersei? He was a Targaryen loyalist during the Rebellion, and while he’s sexist, the choice is between two women. Moreover, his liege House Tyrell has already declared, and a sharp military mind like Tarly’s should be able to see that Cersei’s cause is completely hopeless.

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    43. Sean C.,

      Weeeeell, the Umber’s were supposedly complete Stark loyalists, and we all know how that turned out. I’m hoping he teams up with Dany…but someone has to back Cersei, unless she’s just gonna burn out.

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    44. aabe,

      You are forgetting dany herself here if you ask me..

      You don’t get a credit of being a good conqueror without being a good commander..

      The three cities she taken it was all her idea and taking of meereen is just brilliant the way she came up with that..
      And tyrion is there too

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    45. Good King Joffrey's Warty Penis (formerly renowned as deekan),

      I think it would be interesting (though unlikely as all hell)–though it might need some setup– if Cersei convinced little Dickon to backstab his daddy and throw support in with her–she does like seducing–and it’s be a fitting end to Randyl after disowning Sam.

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    46. I came to the site with a bit of trepidation today, thinking there would be nothing new, and my need for Thrones info would go unanswered. What a great surprise to see filming news already! So sad to let the end of the season go, but this filming news and the news about the directors makes me feel that maybe the off-time won’t drag so horribly.

      Itzurun Beach is a beautiful area that has unique geological features called “flysch,” striated layers of rock, in addition to more typical beach sand areas.

      That geologic texture is amazing to look at, but I can’t imagine them trying to get cameras and crew over it easily. It’s probably the beach area they are going to use. I’m figuring for landing sites – I thought Dany was heading straight for Dorne, and would come up to Kings Landing from there. Horses can run on sand easily. Or maybe Mel will meet with somebody on a beach. She was once filmed burning Selyse’s family on a beach.

      Which reminds me, Selyse’s family was another family unit basically undone and wiped out during the course of this show. Those Northerners better cling tight to each other, because the South is killing itself.

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    47. Sean C.,

      Just saying the show has gone for satisfaction over logic before. Book and early show Umbers were all for loyality and valor over victory. But by having Smalljon be cunning tw*t we were given the satisfying underdog situation of the Bastardbowl.

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    48. Adam: does Cersei just burn down the rest of the city rather than let it be taken,

      That’s kind of what I was thinking. We’ve already had the setup by Olenna telling her that the citizens hate her. They aren’t going to love her more after these antics, and after Marge is killed, plus she’ll probably make some shit orders that put the common people in more distress. When the commoners totally rebel, there will be no reason whatsoever for her to protect them, not that she ever did, and she’s likely to say to hell with it all, and take out the whole darned place. Although the visions we’ve been shown of dragons flying over KL show most of the houses still standing, if I remember correctly.

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    49. Makes sense to go to Dragonstone, since she would have 2 built-in allies w/ ships in House Celtigar and House Velaryon. Always where I thought she would wash up.

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    50. Sean C.,

      On the show, we know nothing about Tarlys force. But Tyrell bannerman have taken the least beating and now the Tyrells are all but dead, freeing Bannerman from their oaths. But from a drama standpoint Dany doesn’t need help, currently to take King’s landing, Cersei needs help defending it, and there is only one living lord who hasn’t declared for someone in the south.

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    51. Sean C.: a sharp military mind like Tarly’s should be able to see that Cersei’s cause is completely hopeless.

      Especially if Jaime is totally disgusted by her and leaves with the Lannister forces he already has. When Jaime and Bronn were heading into Riverrun, Jaime mentioned that he would soon have control of all the Lannister forces, leaving us to believe there were a number of troops stationed elsewhere – maybe left back in KL with Cersei or at Casterly Rock. How big is the Lannister army supposed to be? Bronn said there were 8,000 troops riding up the Frey ass, so how many others are stationed elsewhere – and who would officially control them, Jaime or Cersei as Queen?

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    52. Are Tyrell Bannermen free from their oaths if Olenna is still alive? She’s the last Tyrell – would old man Tarly remain faithful to her, or with Mace dead, would he feel that the whole place was his for the taking?

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    53. Sean C.,

      I forgot Randyll was sexist – interesting how that will play out with growing girl power in Westeros. As for backing Cersei, I agree it makes more sense for him to back his liege and Targaryens, but that makes too much of a power imbalance with Dany having the entire Reach and Dorne supporting her (in addition to a large army, armada and three dragons). Ellaria said ‘Cersei has declared war on House Tyrell, she has declared war on Dorne’. That seemed to imply that Dorne will clearly be united to fight for Dany, but Cersei’s anger to the Reach only extends till the Tyrells. Tyrell bannermen are not historically know for their loyalty (Blackfyre rebellions). Redwynes will support Dany because of Olenna, but the Tarlys have no marital ties with Tyrells (they are related through Hightower marriages, I think). Show-Randyll seemed an honorable and just man, but what if they decided to portray him as power-hungry? It is inconsistent with the books, but Tarlys are the only Reach lords the show has introduced. They did make Umbers betraying Starks this season, so why not?

      If Randyll joins Dany though, it will add one more battle commander to her side. Dany leads battle on dragon, but I really think they need to show some Westerosi lords planning next moves with TeamDany. Otherwise it looks too much like a foreign invasion.

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    54. Thronetender,

      Olenna is a Redwyne, female and old (as she loves to say), so probably not. They might form a new group around another Reach lord or go over to Dany, or-unlikely-Cersei.

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    55. aabe:
      As for backing Cersei, I agree it makes more sense for him to back his liege and Targaryens, but that makes too much of a power imbalance with Dany having the entire Reach and Dorne supporting her (in addition to a large army, armada and three dragons). Ellaria said ‘Cersei has declared war on House Tyrell, she has declared war on Dorne’. That seemed to imply that Dorne will clearly be united to fight for Dany, but Cersei’s anger to the Reach only extends till the Tyrells.

      I think the “House Tyrell” versus “Dorne” is more reflective of the fact that Ellaria exterminated House Martell. I’m not even clear what Dorne’s political situation is — is Ellaria the new Princess of House Sand?

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    56. Sean C.: a sharp military mind like Tarly’s should be able to see that Cersei’s cause is completely hopeless.

      Didn’t notice this line. Makes me wonder how long Cersei’s reign will be. The expression of fear and disgust on the faces of the people who attended Cersei’s coronation was also telling. I’d like to see Randyll saying “Cersei thinks she is Tywin Lannsiter with teats” line.

      Cersei has Westerlands support and probably some newly introduced Lannister general will be holding Storm’s End in S7 (Addam Marbrand or Lyle Crakehall). That makes three kingdoms – Westerlands, Crownlands and Stormlands in support of Cersei and Riverlands in the verge of rebellion. Dany has stronger army, but taking Casterly Rock or Storm’s End will be a challenging task and I’d like to see how it plays out. I hope Dany does not sail straight to KL, because if she does, Cersei will simply put the whole city afire.

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    57. Sean C.,

      Maybe. They could say ‘war against Reach’ but then half the viewers will be asking ‘reach what?’

      Dany can easily legitimize the Sand snakes to make them Martells. Given how no one blinked an eye when they killed Doran and Areo, I doubt others will object. Even in the books, I don’t think any Dornish houses matter much except for Daynes that too for a different reason than war. (House Yronwood too, but no Quentyn in the show)

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    58. aabe,

      Buuuut, fake Joffrey’s warty penis was this season 😉 and the good parts just a call back to Robb and Talisa conversation is season 2. But there is something to that c*nt hair line..hmmm…naaaah ill leave it for some other creative mind.

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    59. aabe:
      Dany has stronger army, but taking Casterly Rock or Storm’s End will be a challenging task and I’d like to see how it plays out. I hope Dany does not sail straight to KL, because if she does, Cersei will simply put the whole city afire.

      Dany can easily ignore fortifications like that, particularly Storm’s End (which, in any event, would be cowed into submission by the threat of dragonfire, as it was during Aegon’s Conquest).

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    60. If they are going to borrow from Aegons invasion

      I would have to say Storms End?

      Failing that I do expect Dragonstone to come into the picture again given the er, plentiful and vitally important Dragonglass

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    61. I thought this thread topic was Game of Thrones reportedly eyeing a location in northern Spain and not a ‘free for all’ on speculations for S7 – For fuck sake, keep comments on topic! I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunities and threads/topics dedicated to speculation of what may happen in S7.

      Staying ‘On Topic’ – Good to hear that new locations in Spain are being sought for the upcoming season, but what’s happened to the Canary Islands option? A few threads ago, I thought that was a possibility and location scouts were over in Tenerife checking out places. It would save HBO a lot of money as the Canaries don’t fall under the heavy taxation laws that mainland Spain and other EU countries do.

      Would be great if they filmed some of GoT in the Canaries as I could nip over to Tenerife (30 minutes away on an inter-island flight) and perhaps do a ‘reckie’ if the GoT crew are over there… I’ll just have to wait see on that possibility 🙂

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    62. My first guess is the Storm Lands/Storms End- where FAegon (not in the show) landed in the books. My second guess is Dragonstone- but I suspect that Dragonstone is simply not big enough for all the people she is bringing with her to come ashore…

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    63. aabe: Cersei has Westerlands support

      Does she? Technically she’s Cersei Baratheon…
      Seriously, Jaime is Lord Lannister of Casterly Rock (unless he affirmatively abdicates)-
      Tywin is dead, Kevan is dead, Jaime is pretty much the undisputed head of House Lannister now. Plus NO ONE outside Kings Landing is going to recognize Cersei as Queen- unless Jaime immediately announces that House Lannister backs her and tells all the Lannister banners to back her (or else)- and even then no one outside the immediate reach of the Lannister Army is going to recognize her.

      The Seven Kingdoms has pretty much ceased to exist as a unified polity, every individual “kingdom” is effectively independent now (with the possible exception of the Riverlands and I guess the Storm Lands being under the Lannister thumb- its[ essentially the political situation that Aegon the Conqueror faced during his invasion- with Cersei/Lannisters playing the House Hoare role )

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    64. jpwf,

      Why do you think Cersei is parading dressed like Tywin Lannister? No one likes her, but she is still Jaime’s sister and Tywin’s daughter. She claimed the throne as Cersei Lannister, not Baratheon. She took it by force, taking advantage of the power vacuum. People obey her because they don’t want to be crushed by the Mountain.

      The Westerlands may not be happy that Kevan and Lancel died, though – wonder what Cersei’s explanation for that will be. Unless Jaime takes the throne for himself, Jaime and the West has no other option but to continue supporting Cersei. Tywin made sure no other second greatest house exists in Westerlands to compete with the Lannisters (unlike the Boltons with Starks or Freys with Tullys). The other king/queen options are:

      1. Euron Greyjoy – The Ironborn have been reaving and raiding Lannisport for thousands of years, and they hate each other. Euron has a cruel reputation even by the Ironborn standards. Even Cersei is better than Euron.
      2. Jon Snow, King in the North – He got the job after ‘avenging the Red Wedding’, which was Lannisters’ work. The only way the North and Westerlands allying is if Sansa claims her place as Lady Lannister by her marriage to Tyrion, which is not valid anymore.
      3. Dany, Tyrells and the Martells – Lannister men sacked KL and killed Dany’s family including Elia Martell and her children. Dany is also supported by Tyrion, who is the killer of Joffrey and worse, Tywin. (Tyrion can win Westerlands to his cause, but it won’t be as easy as Westermen turning to him because they want to be rid of Cersei as soon as Dany lands)

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    65. Definitely betting Dorne or the Stormlands. If we don’t see Storm’s End or especially Casterly Rock before the end, I’ll be sad..even though I’m sure there will be more Song of Ice and Fire shows down the road, that can explore these places.

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    66. I’m glad there are only 13 episodes left, otherwise they might land on Dragonstone and spend a season or three talking about what they should do next, dealing with a native uprising, etc.

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    67. crimethink,

      Both those land powers are South/ SW of the capital. All the more reason to land at dragonstone and open up two fronts for them to contend with; corner the capital.

      Side note I want Dany to do a dragon flyby of intimidation over KL. Would be great Cersi at her high tower making eye contact with Dany has she flys by… Bitch I’m the real young beauty!

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    68. Stormlands? Maybe Dragonstone? It really doesn’t matter because it is a beautiful location. I hope to see it next season.

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    69. aabe: The Westerlands may not be happy that Kevan and Lancel died, though – wonder what Cersei’s explanation for that will be

      Kevan Lannister was poisoned by his enemies.

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    70. Are we told in the last episode that Dany is sailing West?
      No.

      “If you want to go west you must go east.”

      She is sailing East and she will arrive after bizarre adventures with a much smaller army at Casterly Rock or Oldtown.

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    71. Luka Nieto:
      I truly hope the negotiations work out.

      Zumaia is like half an hour away for me, it’d be rather easy to visit the set… well, to get close to it, anyway. After all, Game of Thrones protects its filming locations fiercely. Hopefully, I can sneak in somehow

      Oooh! And take lots of pics of the filming!!!

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    72. Oh, come on. They are eventually going to film in every region of Spain except of mine (Murcia). And now that Essos is not coming back I highly doubt that they will film in Almería or Peñíscola (my nearest options).

      RIP my GOT’s extra dream.

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