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HUGE SPOILERS: Spanish Castle Set Confirmed as the Seat of House Tarly

Yesterday, we noted that in the reports from Girona, that though so far we understood the city to be standing in for Braavos and King’s Landing, there was in fact a third filming location that was being snuck in under the wire, labelled “Tarlys.”

Turns out the Tarlys aren’t just going to be in Girona. They’re getting an entire Spanish filming location this season. Los Siete Reinos exclusively reported this morning that the Castell de Santa Florentina location is none other than House Tarly of Horn Hill, located in The Reach, which is a constituent region of House Tyrell. The castle is set to close for filming, according to the leaked schedule, this coming Wednesday the 9th, and film concurrent to the set in Girona. Because of that, we thought that whatever was filming here was probably totally separate cast-wise from both Girona (King’s Landing/Braavos.) I had thought this might be a Northern castle, especially considering the two week long block dedicated to it. But LSR says that that original schedule was misleading. Though the schedule says the area will be closed for a two week block, a good portion of that is set up and tear down. Principle filming will only be for three days, from the 12th to the 14th.


This does jive with the casting rumors, which, though it didn’t name the “Major Character” outright, listed what was clearly Randyll Tarly and went so far as to cast the entire Tarly clan. In the books, we have only crossed paths with the Tarly patriarch briefly, while he was already on the road and happened into Brienne and Pod. What we didn’t know was that we were actually going to the seat of House Tarly, or the major things that would happen once we got there.

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Sam and Gilly leave Castle Black--Official HBO

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Right now, I’m betting there are TWO “Tarly” filming strands here from the same plot through line that we are seeing. This one in castle, and then a second one in Girona. The Girona strand is probably “Tarlys” meaning Sam and Gilly. For those unaware, or forgot, there is a short but delightful scene in the books, where Sam accidentally meets Arya on a dock in Braavos, while taking a breather from the ship sailing him and Gilly to Oldtown. He’s completely unaware that he’s anything other than a local. I don’t think this is Tarlys meaning “Oldtown.” Nor do I think it is Tarlys meaning Randyll.

Though one would think Sam and Gilly would head on to Oldtown, as they do in the books (and which Girona might be standing in for as well, as we originally speculated when we first saw it.) But LSR says that Sam is also going to Horn Hill this season. (Perhaps he will get to Oldtown, hear of Jon’s death and then turn around, or perhaps he’ll stop there on his way? We can’t be sure.) But ever since we realized the Tarlys were coming this year, people have speculated that perhaps Sam will be forced to run into his father this season. Remember, we assumed when we saw him cast that Randyll would be seen on the road, like he is when he first appears in the books. But it looks like it will be Sam deliberately going home instead. According to their sources, one of the major scenes being filmed in the castle is a family dinner where Sam and Gilly arrive. They speculate that the “blonde” baby we’ve heard so many casting rumors about may in fact be “Little Sam,” who is definitely part of the scene. (Casting the child as blonde would make it obvious to all involved in the scene that though Gilly and Sam are together, the child is not his.)

Will whatever news Sam brings to his father be what sends him out on the road, as when we first met him? We don’t know. But LSR says that signs point to Ian McShane playing Randyll, but they don’t have confirmation yet. That would suggest that, since McShane’s character is described as having “a small amount of screen time,” he’s going to toss Sam, Gilly and the child that is clearly NOT a Tarly out on their ears, and that Sam may in fact step up and be redirected into whatever plot that Randyll was originally doing.

If that is indeed the case, let’s hope Sam finds a way of taking his father’s Vayrian steel sword with him on his way out the door.


  • You’re free to speculate of course but you’ve got at least 5 things wrong in how you’re putting together that storyline for Sam. If you check out the story from the other site that reported this first, the conclusions drawn there are based a whole lot more on real facts as opposed to throwing stuff against the wall that you’ll have to walk back once the next batch of info refutes it entirely.

  • I just personally hope that Sam, if he does meet either Randyll or Dickon, shows some maturity and doesn’t revert back to a blubbering mess once again. I’d like it to be clear that Sam is the intellectual superior of Dickon and that while Randyll got his wish, that Dickon only looks the part. There would be some small satisfaction for Randyll or Sam to realize that along the way. If the actor playing Dickon’s prior work in Harry Potter is any indication this may even be likely. It’s time to have the characters grow up a little, imho.

    • Sam has been through a lot since he was sent to the wall by his father. The traumatic experience of the great ranging, becoming ‘the slayer’ as well as a de facto partner to Gilly and father to her boy will have changed him far beyond what Randyll or Dickon will remember. I think that after the initial “what at you doing back here boy?” things may well be subtly different. Randyll Tarly whilst a bad parent is not stupid and with Sam clearly a member of the NW he is no longer a factor in the Tarly succession. I think that the family dynamic has changed and Randyll will be very interested with what Sam has to say about whats going on with the northern lords, though will probably be sceptical about events beyond the wall and the Others.

  • What’s the actual point of spoiler alerts on this site? In this particular case I didn’t find the information very spoiler-worthy. Some of it is inaccurate, some of it speculative to say the least. But even if important plot details are revealed, the warnings are unnecessary, as that is basically what this site is all about.

  • Going to Horn Hill before Oldtown makes no sense geographically unless they are traveling the whole legth of Westeros overland, which would be like going from Patagonia to the Panama Canal by wagon and take an insanely long time. It makes much more sense for them to take ship at Eastwatch – in which case they would reach Oldtown first, then head upriver to Horn Hill.

  • I had forgotten that House Tarly’s words were ‘First in Battle.’ I love the irony of that, with Samwell, the ‘craven’ outcast son, being the first warrior in ‘modern’ times to kill an Other/White Walker in hand-to-hand combat.

    • Sam was the first to kill an Other/White Walker in a very long time,but I wouldn’t call it really hand-to-hand combat.Jon vs that White Walker general was more likely true definition of hand-to-hand combat.Anyway I can’t wait for brave,mature Sam to show up and actually oppose his father.He was cruel to him.

  • By the way, WiC, can anything be done to stop the advertising banners from covering most of the Post Comment button? It’s really a nuisance.

    • You can try using Ghostery which blocks most adverts and tracker cookies on a PC. If your preferred browser is Chrome you can find it in ‘settings’ then ‘extension’ and install it from there. The plus is that you can turn the permissions on and off for various adverts as Ghostery will also block polls (including the ones on WIC) as well as comments on some websites. But you have to manually allow it to block things rather than a blanket ban. I’m not the most IT savvy person, but was shown this by someone who is.

  • I wonder if they’ll have a scene where Sam finds out about Jon’s death.

    The scene where Sam left Castle Black and Jon forlornly waved him goodbye was desperately sad. I think it’d make a great scene to see Sam’s reaction to the news of his best friend’s death.

    Perhaps it could be Randyll who delivers the devastating news. For example, if Sam was trying to impress his father by telling him how close a confidant he’d become to the Lord Commander, only for Randyll to brutally tell him that he’s dead and see Sam trying to hold it together despite his heart breaking inside.

  • If Randal starkly dislikes the thought of his scholarly, non athletic overweight son being the next Tarly Lord why didn’t he just let him go to Oldtown to study like Sam wanted….On the a proviso that he would be forfeiting his claim being the heir? Didn’t need to banish him to the NW.

    • I think that Randyll saw the Night’s Watch as the ‘real man’s’ option, and it’s not like he loved Sam or anything