On May 27 Wetpaint Entertainment posted spoilers for the upcoming fifth season of "Game of Thrones," the medieval fantasy television series based on the books by author George R.R. Martin. There are still three episodes left in the fourth season, before production on the fifth season begins this summer across the world. New characters and new cities will be introduced and filming will take place on several continents.
Filming is expected to begin during the early summer months and HBO is currently scouting locations in Spain for a new area of Westeros. Given that the characters from Dorne were introduced in season four, it's possible that the series will visit the city on screen in season five. Dorne is the home of Prince Oberyn and Ellaria Sand as well as Cersei's youngest children, and one of the laces from the books the show has not used.
Spain will be the seventh country that the series has used for filming since season one. Scenes in King's Landing are filmed primarily in Croatia while scenes north of the Wall are filmed in Iceland. The home base for production is in Belfast, Ireland and all of the Daenerys scenes take place in Malta or Morocco. One scene featuring Brienne and Jamie took place in Los Angeles.
Several new characters are expected to be introduced in season five, including a bunch of characters from Dorne. Prince Doran Martell, the older brother of Oberyn who was supposed to attend Joffrey's wedding, will makes appearances in the new season as a regular character. His son Prince Trystane will also appear, and he is betrothed to Cersei's daughter.
Entertainment Weekly posted on May 27 that many more characters are being prepared for the fifth season and it's possible they could appear in the sixth season as well. HBO renewed the show for two more seasons a few weeks ago, and viewership continues to climb with each season. The show continues to break ratings records and is also the most pirated television show of the past several years.
Other new characters expected to surface are the Three Sand Snakes, who are three of Oberyn's eight daughters. Fans of the books can expect to see the High Sparrow, a militant religious group, and Septa Unella, an interrogator that will bring trouble for the Lannisters. Arya will also get a big story line next season when she meets The Waif, a woman who trains Arya in the House of Black and White to be a Faceless Man.
The fourth season of the HBO drama will wrap up in June, and production is already underway on the fifth season. Casting and location scouting is happening, and actors are expected to get scripts and arrive on location by July. The fifth season is scheduled to begin airing on HBO in spring 2015.