HBO is sticking to its same secretive ways that they used when Game of Thrones Season 6 was in production, now that Season 7 has begun filming. The network has yet to confirm any new cast members at this time, or any other plot details quite yet. Today we have a new report which reveals that three separate filming locations may be used for the same place, along with a tantalizing detail that could hint at a powerful new alliance forming in Westeros. There will be possible SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
Winter Is Coming reports that three separate filming locations in Spain, Ituzrun Beach in Zumaia, Muriola Beach in Barrika, and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Bermeo, will all be used for the same place in the show. There had been speculation that all of these beaches would be used for different places in Westeros, with rumors surfacing that Daenerys Targaryen's massive fleet may be split up to attack at these three different beaches. Now this new report claims these three beaches will all be used for the same location, covering different angles, with speculation now surfacing that those beaches will be used for Dragonstone.
We haven't seen Dragonstone since Season 4, when Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) had set up shop there. Dragonstone is the ancestral home of Daenerys' family, and it is also quite close to King's Landing. The site claims that Daenerys will use this island fortress as a "home base" this season, and there has also been a recent photo that surfaced from Spain that revealed Peter Dinklage has arrived on location, ahead of filming starting next Wednesday and Thursday on Muriola Beach. There is also another huge, unconfirmed rumor that claims Kit Harington will be filming scenes on this beach, which most likely means he'll be interacting with Daenerys.
It was finally confirmed in the Season 6 finale that Jon Snow is actually not Ned Stark's (Sean Bean) bastard son, but in fact the child of Rhaegar Targaryen, Daenery's brother, and Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark's sister. We learned this through Bran Stark's (Isaac Hempstead Wright) greensight vision in the finale, but it's important to note that Jon Snow himself doesn't know this quite yet. This vision happened just as Bran Stark was brought to The Wall by Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle), who went missing during the first season and was long thought to be dead. It's possible that Bran will find Jon Snow and tell him the truth about his heritage in Season 7, but we don't know for sure.
While production is certainly set to begin in Spain next week, the plot rumors have yet to be confirmed by HBO, and we don't expect any confirmation any time soon. All we do know is that Game of Thrones Season 7 won't debut until the Summer of 2017, a few months later than usual, since production was pushed back, since winter has finally arrived in Westeros and the production needed a cooler climate to film in. Take a look at this new photo showing Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage arriving in Spain, as the next phase of the production begins.