This article contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 6 and theories about Game of Thrones Season 6.
There has been a major development involving the production of Game of Thrones Season 6 that could give fans their first clue into what’s coming. Several outlets report that Game of Thrones will not film any Season 6 scenes in Croatia. According to Huffington Post, Croatia has served as a primary shooting location since Game of Thrones Season 2, when the city of Dubrovnik first served as King’s Landing, the capital of Westeros and site of much of the political intrigue that has fueled the storyline of the show. The village of Klis also served as the city of Meeren.
In a statement, HBO confirmed that Croatia is out for Game of Thrones Season 6.
“We can confirm that based on story and location needs, ‘Game of Thrones’ will not be shooting in Croatia for season 6. The question of whether the production will return to Croatia in the future will be decided once additional seasons are officially set by HBO. At that time, the production, along with HBO, will assess their location needs based on the scripts and storylines. HBO remains grateful to the HAVC and the Croatian crew for all of their continued support.”
Fan site Watchers on the Wall points out that Croatia’s removal from the list of shooting locations doesn’t necessarily mean that King’s Landing won’t appear in Game of Thrones Season 6, but it does suggest that King’s Landing, and by extension Cersei Lannister and King Tommen Baratheon, might play a reduced role in the next season.
Casting notices and shooting locations involving production suggest that next season Game of Thrones will focus on the North, especially the stories of the surviving Stark children: Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon. While Sansa and Arya were major figures in Game of Thrones Season 5, Bran Stark did not appear, and Rickon Stark’s whereabouts have been a mystery since Season 3.
During the fifth season of Game of Thrones, the plots of the television series caught up to the corresponding plots of the show’s source material, the A Song of Ice and Fire novels. For the first time since Game of Thrones began, all fans had equal knowledge of the show’s infamous plot twists, which is to say, none. This unusual situation, combined with a few shocking deaths and divergences from the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, kicked off a flurry of rumor surrounding the production of Game of Thrones Season 6.
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