Game of Thrones looks certain to bypass Dubrovnik in season seven. The HBO series has already started filming in Northern Ireland and Seville in Spain but Dubrovnik is still off the radar for this year. It would seem that Kings Landing is not needed in the penultimate season of Game of Thrones.
There were already rumours earlier in the year that the writers hadn’t included Dubrovnik in season seven as the plot changed from, Winter is Coming, to Winter is Here, and colder, darker locations were required for filming. “Now that winter has arrived on Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys says.
In past seasons Dubrovnik welcomed the cast and crew of Game of Thrones in August or September, but as this year comes to an end there is still no sign of HBO. However Dubrovnik was also not rumoured to be a location at all in season six, but the crews did turn up for a few days to shoot some scenes near the Old City. So although for the time being it looks like the city is indeed to “warm” for winter the possibility of HBO turning up still can’t be written off.
In season six the Spanish city of Girona stood in as Kings Landing in the serial, however HBO have confirmed that they will not be returning to Girona at all in season seven. It has also been confirmed that season seven will be seven episodes in length compared to the normal ten episodes. And it would seem from information that most of the locations for season seven are in Spain, Northern Ireland and Iceland.
Filming locations for the Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik - Dubrovnik Tourist Board