Last season of Game of Thrones was hampered by leaks. Both before and during season 5, we came across loads of images and videos that pretty much spoiled a good chunk of the season. Thankfully, this time around, the people behind Game of Thrones are trying their best to keep things secret and the only sources of speculation are the set locations and actors that have been spotted near those locations.
Yes, we are talking about Balon Greyjoy, Father of Theon, who has been long dead in the books and may finally die in the show as well. And there are few recent incidents that have led us to believe this.
First, HBO has confirmed the casting of Euron Greyjoy, Balon’s brother to be played Pilou Asbæk. Sources indicate that Asbæk was sighted near Ballintoy Harbour where he was filming a scene that involved people cheering for Euron.
In the books, Balon’s death allows Euron, a skilled warrior, to rise to power who then plays a crucial role in the story. Balon’s death was reported to Catelyn Stark before the red wedding so his demise has been overdue for 2 seasons now. Ironborn then elect Euron to be their leader by cheering him during the Kingsmoot.
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Some part of filming also took place near Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge (also in Ballintoy), which seems like a perfect sport for Balon’s demise, as he did fall to his death while crossing a bridge during a storm. In the books, Euron’s return also leads to speculation that he may be responsible for the death of his brother.
Alfie Allen has also been spotted in Ballintoy with the actor recently posting this picture on Instagram which looks like he is Portballintrae, 10 minutes away from Ballintoy.