While fans are still decompressing from last season of Game of Thrones, over on the production side, the wheels are already grinding along for the next one. Since the show was greenlit in 2010, it's been a year-round schedule, with the next season readying for filming as soon as the last one finished airing. While the actors won't be showing up until October, the crew is already on the ground, prepping Game Of Thrones Season 8 filming locations.
While we don't know exactly where the show will turn up in Spain yet -- the country where King's Landing, Dragonstone and other more southern locales are primarily filmed, we've got word of at least two major locations in Ireland, which is used for places more north in Westeros.
Even before the season ended, word was that crew have been seen in Moneyglass, where the Winterfell set is still sitting, waiting to be used for the final stretch of episodes. That the show will return to Winterfell for the final stretch is not a spoiler. Jon and Dany were on their way there by boat in the finale, while Sam and Bran are awaiting them to turn their lives upside down when they arrive.
But the new locale that was reported on Twitter today is a bit of a surprise. Turn back if you don't want to know...
As reported by the IrishThrones twitter account, crews have been seen in Banbridge and Corbet, which were last used in Season 6. There's still a set sitting up there too, which the show did not take down, despite not using it in Season 7. That can only suggest one thing: they left it for Season 8, and next season we'll be heading to:
That's right: Riverrun!
The last time we were at Riverrun, Jaime Lannister convinced Edmure Tully to walk in and then turn into a Trojan Horse and let the Lannister forces in behind him to break the siege. For his betrayal of house, family, and Uncle Ser Brynden the Blackfish, Walder Frey thanked him by throwing him back into the dungeons.
One of the unfinished threads when Arya walked out of the Twins, having murdered every Frey relation in it, was if she stopped by said dungeons to release Edmure, or if she left him to rot. If the show really is filming at Riverrun in this final season, it looks like we'll get to find out how the last of the Tullys fared.
This could also be a major clue in the coming issue of who gets to sit on the Iron Throne once Jon Snow's identity gets out. With Jon now a Targaryen, that's going to leave Sansa in charge of the North. The Tullys are related to her via her mother. With a weak warden like Edmure in charge, it would be pretty simple for Sansa and Arya to talk him into following the North's lead in supporting Jon, both in the fight against the Night King and for the throne when the fight is over.
Is that why Riverrun is seeing all this activity? We'll find out soon enough when filming for Game of Thrones final season starts next month.