It’s going to be an agonizing wait for the seventh season of “Game of Thrones” to finally air. (Seriously, winter is going to come, then go in the real world before we return to Westeros next summer.) However, some details about the next season have started to trickle out, including a new filming location.
The ancient Roman city is remarkably well-preserved and boasts an impressive amphitheater. The report says that HBO is particularly interested in shooting action scenes there. Here’s some information about Santiponce, and what we think it might tell us about season seven.
Santiponce is a small city located near Seville. The ancient Roman city Italica, the birthplace of Roman Emperors Trajan and Hadrian, lies within its borders. (Hadrian, incidentally, was responsible for the creation of a famous wall in Britain that inspired the Wall from “Thrones.)
HBO representatives were reportedly set on filming in the ruins’ amphitheater. The amphitheater was built by Hadrian in 119 A.D.
It was the third-largest amphitheater in the Roman Empire, and was able to seat 25,000 spectators — half as many as the Colosseum. The population of Italica was estimated to only have been around 8,000.