New Game of Thrones Filming Location Leads To Excitement Over Fan Theory
HBO has confirmed it will be filming scenes for the forthcoming season six of Game of Thrones at Castillo de Zafra in Guadalajara, Spain. The news has sparked a flurry of excitement that this might be the location of the Tower of Joy from the A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
For those unfamiliar with the novels, the Tower of Joy was where Ned Stark (Sean Bean in the TV show) found his sister Lyanna after she had been kidnapped and held captive by the Targaryen heir, Rhaegar. Lyanna promptly died, but asked Ned to keep a promise that he never revealed before his untimely end at Joffrey’s will (and our intense frustration).
The thought is that the new series might include a flashback sequence at the Tower of Joy that would address one extremely popular fan theory about the parentage of a certain Jon Snow.
The fan theory, called R+L=J, suggests that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is not the bastard son of Ned Stark as he has always been presented, but the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. Ned’s promise to Lyanna was that he would keep her son safe and not let his parentage be known (as Ned’s good friend Robert Baratheon spent some time killing Targaryen children in his rebellion).
We watched Jon Snow stabbed to death by his own men in the devastating season five finale, and actor Kit Harington plus his co-stars have all confirmed the character’s death. However, some fans are refusing to believe Jon Snow won’t return somehow. The idea of a flashback scene relating to Jon’s parentage would suggest this information is still of value for the audience to learn, despite the deaths of all characters involved.
Have fans figured out a key moment in season six from a simple location spoiler? Only time will tell. There’s certainly enough castles in Westeros for this to be a false alarm.