Game of Thrones showrunners (and masterminds) David Benioff and Dan Weiss recently spoke to EW about the fact that production for season five is moving to a brand new country (the hundredth, by my count), Spain.
Now, it sounds like that region will be home to Dorne (the southernmost region of the fictional Westeros, and home of the late Prince Oberyn Martell), according to both Benioff and Weiss.
Asked to pretty much confirm already that Dorne would appear next season, the showrunners asserted this:
There will be Dorne, and we're excited about it.
Benioff and Weiss then added what excited them about the opportunity to showcase the Dornish storyline:
Who wouldn’t want to hang out in Dorne? They have admirable values and priorities. And have you seen Oberyn’s coat?
Apart from that, many in Dorne might want to possibly avenge Prince Oberyn's death, much like he desperately wanted to avenge the brutal murder of his sister, and her children, at the humongous hands of Ser Gregor Clegane (a.k.a. The Mountain).
Additionally, Benioff and Weiss went into the idea of starting to "contract" the series, after expanding it so much for the past four seasons.
Asked about the possibility of characters from the show coming together (much like Stannis Baratheon encountering Jon Snow in the season four finale), Dan Weiss responded first, followed by David Benioff:
Weiss: It’s the mid-game point of working on the show; after having spent all this time developing all these divergent and separate interests, being able to bring people from disparate worlds together is intrinsically interesting.
Benioff: If we’re going to go seven seasons, which is the plan, season 4 is right town the middle. It’s the pivot point ... It’s been an expanding universe and will now start to contract.
Don't start to fret, though. It's not like we will no longer see any new characters introduced in the show. In fact, there are an assortment of Dornish characters rumored to make their debut in season five. My question is: will they collide with those dreaded Lannisters?
Moreover, will we see a battle in Dorne? Ever since I did my research on the Andalucía region of Spain, I have been of the mindset that its enormous, sandy beaches could potentially be great places to stage enhanced battle scenes.
Season five of HBO's Game of Thrones will be adapted from the fourth and fifth novels of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire - A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, respectively.
You can head on over to EW to read the rest of the interview here.
What do you think of Dorne being introduced next season?
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