Tens of thousands of Game of Thrones fans in Spain stayed up until the early hours of Monday morning to watch the premiere of season 8, the final six episodes of a series that has marked a generation with its dragons, white walkers and, above all, enthralling storytelling.
Spanish GoT fans have every reason to feel a special connection with the fantasy drama series. Ten locations across Spain have been used in the past few seasons as settings for epic scenes depicting Dorne, Dragonstone, King’s Landing and other mythical places in breath-taking fashion.
(If you want to check out the full list, scroll to the very bottom of the article).
So it’s logical that with the end so near, ‘Juego de Tronos’ fans (of course they had to translate the title) are a bit upset by the prospect of a world without dragons to tune into.
However, as mentioned in the teaser, there is almost definitely going to be a prequel to Game of Thrones.
A number of US entertainment publications have reported that HBO has already placed an order and assigned a new director for a Game of Thrones pilot prequel, with a completely new storyline and characters, set 1,000 years before the Seven Kingdoms world fans know so well.
Not only is that a huge relief for ‘Thronees’ who were worried about how they’d get their next fix, it also means Spain can continue being the setting of Game of Thrones for years to come.
If there’s anything that the previous film locations have exemplified is just how varied Spain is, the architecture and landscapes from north, south, east and west all offering their own picturesque idiosyncrasies that bring to life George R.R. Martin’s creation.
And there are plenty more places in Spain that can offer uniqueness and beauty.
Here are ten new locations in Spain HBO producers should consider for The Game of Thrones Prequel:
In a Game of Thrones context, the southern Spanish city of Cádiz looks just like the kind of place Daenerys Targaryen’s ancestors would wage dragon war on.
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2. Majorca's Drach Caves
With their unique stalactites and turquoise waters, Majorca's Dragon Caves offer a mystical underground setting for many future Game of Thrones episodes.
3. Covadonga lakes, Asturias
Picture White Walkers rushing across the icy waters of these glacier lakes in northern Spain. This location in Picos de Europa (Asturias) would be ideal for any scene set at The Wall.
4. Cangas de Onis, Asturias
Game of Thrones producers have chosen Northern Ireland in the past to portray the mistier, greener parts of the 7 Kingdoms, from Winterfell to Dragonstone. But how about old medieval villages in rainy northern Spain such as Cangas de Onis?
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5. Castro de Baroña, Galicia
Dating back from the 1st century BC, the Celtic settlement of Castro de Baroña in Spain's northern region of Galicia offers the right look for scenes set in the Iron Islands involving House Greyjoy.
6. La Alhambra, Granada
Although HBO have finally decided to use Seville to portray the unknown kingdom of Dorne, the Alhambra Palace in neighbouring Granada has plenty to offer as well. A Unesco world heritage site, this gobsmackingly beautiful 9th century palace is the most well known symbol of Spain's Islamic past.
7. Charco de los Clicos, Lanzarote
Although this unusual location resembles none of those previously seen on GoT, it certainly looks like a suitable home for Targaryen dragons. Charco de los Clicos on the Canary Island of Lanzarote offers something special with its eerie green lake and volcanic surrounding.
8. Cartagena, Murcia
Although HBO producers opted for the Roman ruins of Itálica in Santiponce near Seville in season 7, the Roman amphitheatre in the southern Spanish city of Cartagena would also make a superb setting for Mediterranean-style GoT kingdoms such as King's Landing or Braavos.
9. Ronda, Andalusia
Ronda's 120-metre-tall Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) in Andalusia could easily be transformed into the imposing gates to the city of unknown kingdoms in upcoming GoT seasons.
10. Las Médulas, Leon
This historic gold mining site and now UNESCO World Heritage site is in a league of its own for its unique and fantastical landscapes. Perhaps it’s the perfect place for a completely new Game of Thrones kingdom?
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