“Game of Thrones” season 6 has just entered its halfway point and the producers are already on the lookout for new potential locations for the series. The latest addition to be considered for future Westeros and Essos is the Canary Islands.
According to The Independent, after Spain served as the series’ home for the majority of its scenes, the cast and crew are now rumored to be heading to the Canary Islands. The show’s producers have reportedly begun negotiations with the Island’s government and looking for potential filming locations.
The negotiating team seemed delighted with the potential of Teide National Park the surrounding area around Spain’s tallest mountain. The area resembles those in Essos which has fans speculating that it could be used for Daenerys Targaryen’s scenes.
Watchers on the Wall revealed that filming on the location will have great benefit for “Game of Thrones,” financially speaking. Under Spain’s newly passed film-related tax laws HBO can get as much as 35% deduction on shooting expenses in the Islands. Considering expenses averaging at $10 million per episode, this could make the show even more profitable than it already is.
Although the location does depict the mostly desert areas of Essos, the Canary Islands’ geography has been speculated to be similar to other locations in the series. This includes Dorne, which based on recent events in the series is about to become a battlefield.
Additionally, the location could be used to film scenes from places only mentioned in the series. This includes Asshai the home of the Red Priestess Melisandre or the Summer Islands, where Xaro Xhoan Daxos, the pirate Salladhor Saan, and Grey Worm were originally from.
With a new location, there are bound to be new developments in the show. Whether the producers of ‘Game of Thrones‘ was just looking for a new Essos or scouting potential filming locations for the upcoming Dornish war, we can rest assured it will be something to get excited about.