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This New "Game Of Thrones" Filming Location Could Confirm A Huge Fan Theory

If you don't want to know what MIGHT happen in Season 6, it's probably best to look away now.

If there's one thing we know about Game of Thrones fans, it's that they like to speculate.


And for the next nine months the thing they'll most likely be speculating about is how Jon Snow can be brought back from the dead. But nine months is a long time, so allow us to give you something else to think about...

Earlier this week HBO announced some new filming locations for Season 6. One of which was Castillo de Zafra in Guadalajara, Spain.

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The 12th-century castle was built on top of a rocky outcrop on a hillside. And as you can see from this picture, there seems to be very little surrounding it

To many people who have read the books, there is one Westerosi location that this looks like above all others: the Tower of Joy.

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For those who haven't read the books, the Tower of Joy was the place where Eddard Stark found his sister Lyanna in a bed of blood, at which point Ned made Lyanna a promise moments before she died.

The theory – commonly known as R+L=J – says that the blood was the result of childbirth, and that the child in question was fathered by Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. Knowing that any child of a Targaryen would be slaughtered by Robert Baratheon, Ned promised Lyanna that he would raise them as his own, telling everyone (including his wife) that the child was his bastard. If you hadn't worked it out by now, that child was Jon Snow. Half Stark, half Targaryen, Jon Snow is literally the song of ice and fire, or so the theory goes. You can read more about this theory here.

As this all happened 17 years before the events of the show, the inclusion of the tower could mean that we get to see flashbacks.

A few weeks ago HBO announced some (unnamed) roles it was casting, one of which was simply called "Legendary Fighter".

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The character is described as being in his thirties or forties, and is a "paragon of knighthood". He carries a famous sword, and the actor is required for a week of filming fight scenes.

So who could this be? In terms of legendary swordsmen in modern Westeros, Jaime Lannister and Barristan Selmy are about as good as it gets, and we already know what they look like. This suggests it will either be a character who doesn't appear in the books, OR someone who's already dead who appears in a flashback.

One theory is that this character is Ser Arthur Dayne, also known as "The Sword of the Morning". Dayne served in King Aerys II's kingsguard, and Ned Stark claimed he was the finest knight he ever saw.

So why is this relevant? Well, guess where Ser Arthur Dayne died...

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Yep. The Tower of Joy! Dayne was one of three members of the kingsguard who Ned and his six companions discovered guarding the tower when they arrived to rescue Lyanna. Ned even said he would have died at the hands of Dayne if Howland Reed hadn't saved him.

Side note: Howland Reed (father of Bran's companions Jojen and Meera) was the only person other than Ned to survive the battle at the Tower of Joy, so is therefore the only person in Westeros who knows Jon Snow's true heritage. He's yet to appear in either the book or the show, though George R.R. Martin claims that he will make an appearance before the series ends.

OK, so maybe this is all a bit of a jump from one filming location announcement, but Season 5 suggested that R+L=J confirmation wasn't too far off.


From Baelish's knowing look in the crypt at Winterfell, to this perfectly timed entrance from the new Lord Commander of the Night's Watch.

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For the story to be wrapped up in two (or three) more seasons, things have got to start moving soon. Assuming R+L=J is true, you'd think it would have to be revealed early enough for Jon to get his head around the truth, not to mention saving the world from the White Walkers and uniting the seven kingdoms.

Worst-case scenario: None of this is true. This tower is something completely different. None of us are any the wiser as to what's going to happen next season.


Best-case scenario: the Tower of Joy? R+L=J confirmed? More Sean Bean? Arthur Dayne? Lyanna Stark? Howland Reed? Rhaegar Targaryen? Jon Tagaryen?


Don't worry, only nine months before you get to find out.

If you haven't read the books and want to know more about the Tower of Joy, watch this video.

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And for a more comprehensive look into the casting of "Arthur Dayne", check out this video from GoT vlogger Emergency Awesome.

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