Oberyn Martell aka "The Red Viper" and Ellaria Sand
Season 4 brought House Martell to King's Landing, in particular Oberyn Martell aka "The Red Viper" and his paramour, Ellaria Sand. Season 5 will bring fans to Dorne. HBO

“Game of Thrones” Season 4 may just be heating up with the forthcoming trial by battle between the Mountain and the Red Viper, but it seems like Season 5 of HBO’s popular fantasy series is already in the works. Fans already know that the series will return for Season 5, actually it has been renewed by the renowned network through Season 6, so no surprises there.

But the one shock is the speed at “Game of Thrones” is pushing through to its next installment, the productions are enormous and as the series grows in popularity and of course cast size, the filming grows similarly larger. More characters means more lands and castles which means more filming locations, the cast and crew of “Game of Thrones” have filmed in an awe inspiring 18 locations, ranging from Ireland, Scotland, Croatia and even Morocco. Considering the grand scale of the production it makes sense that “Game of Thrones” show runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff are already readying their mittens to go back North of the Wall.

So when does Season 5 filming actually start? Well according to Sansa Stark, this summer! BBC America’s “Anglophenia” was interviewing Sophie Turner while the young star was attending the BAFTAs, most of the questions were surrounded around the unfolding action of her character, Sansa Stark’s devastating storyline. However, one question provided fans of the series a taste of what’s to come. When asked about the filming of Season 5, Turner answered as spoiler free as possible saying, “I know that the next season -- whether I'm in it or not -- will be shot over the summer, probably."

A true professional, Turner knows that her character, like all the characters on “Game of Thrones” can be killed at any moment. Sansa Stark was almost killed in last week’s episode 7, “Mockingbird” when her “dear” Aunt Lysa, her only living relative, which she knows of, dangled her out of the Vale’s deadly “moon door” thousands of feet above the mountains. Narrowly avoiding the lethal fall, the torturer became victim as her Aunt Lysa was pushed mercilessly out the moon door and fell to her death screaming.

In addition to the summer Season 5 filming date, Entertainment Weekly reported that “Game of Thrones” will most likely be adding a new location. According to EW, the HBO series is currently scouting locations in the Andalucia region of Spain. Spain, will most likely serve as the seventh country where “Game of Thrones” has shot on location, and no that number is no coincidence. The new location is set to portray the city of Dorne, which became known to viewers first through its wine, then it’s sexually explicit prince, Oberyn Martell, aka, the Red Viper. Dorne is the one of the Seven Kingdoms in George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, in addition to the North, Iron Islands, the Riverlands, Vale, the Reach and the Stormlands.

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