“Game of Thrones” Season 5 has taken fans to a ton of new and exotic locations like Braavos and Dorne. Now, the latter location looks like it’s going to play a vital role in Season 6 as it’s been confirmed that the show will return to Spain for shooting on the upcoming episodes.
So far in the latest season of the hit HBO fantasy drama [SPOILER ALERT] the country has acted as the location for the fictional land of Dorne. The location was pretty much introduced in Season 5 when the fallout from the death of Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) caused his daughters, the Sand Snakes, to seek revenge. The best way to do that was to threaten the daughter of Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Myrcella Baratheon (Aimee Richardson). That launched a daring rescue mission between everyone’s new favorite sell-sword buddies, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Bronn (Jerome Flynn). This forced production to go to the beautiful set locations of Spain’s Osuna and Seville.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the arrival of “Game of Thrones” in Seville spiked tourism by 15 percent.
“Sevilla opened its doors to ‘Game of Thrones’ and we were honored by that. They were the best partner a production could hope for, nothing was impossible and that is gloriously reflected on screen. We also loved shooting in Osuna where we were welcomed and cared for like a long-lost loved one. The time spent in Osuna will stay with our cast and crew forever,” “Game of Thrones” executive producer Bernadette Caufield told Variety.
Unfortunately for the people of Sevilla and fans of the Dornish Water Gardens, it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing the same side of Dorne in Season 6. Production is moving from the previous two locations to Girona, a city located between Barcelona and the French border, and Pensicola, a seaside resort in the country’s eastern Mediterranean coast. It’s worth mentioning that just because the show is going to be filming in the same country that it used to bring Dorne to life, doesn’t mean it will necessarily be Dorne in Season 6. However, with just two episodes left in Season 5 and Jaime and Bronn still captives of the Dornish people, it doesn’t look like we’ll be wrapping up that plotline any time soon. Perhaps Jamie and Bronn’s mission will take them on a sight-seeing tour of Dorne’s more picturesque locations next year.
Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly reports that the only other filming location that’s been confirmed in the new season is, of course, Northern Ireland. For those unfamiliar, the country is often used as a filming location for the Night’s Watch on the Wall.
Season 6 will be a big turning point in the show’s history as it will mark the first time that HBO has dove head first into a season of “Game of Thrones” without the specific works of George R.R. Martin to guide them. For now, fans can tune in to "Game of Thrones" Season 5 Sundays at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO.