At Post Apocalyptic Media, we strive to keep fans of the genre up to date with all the latest news and trends. But as fans of all things apocalyptic ourselves, sometimes we want to dig deeper into a topic and uncover a certain topic.
Today we’re going to watch SEE, which is now nearing the end of its second season on Apple TV +. SEE takes place 600 years after a virus killed most of the human race, leaving not only the survivors but also their offspring and descendants totally blind.
The series has attracted a large following with its epic fight scenes and characters that fans either love or hate. But what helps set it apart from other shows is that the producers of SEE have made a special effort to link many of its stories to real-world locations that we can find on Google Maps.
Some are self-explanatory and indisputable, but some require outright speculation or conjecture. But being an apocalypse geek means that poring over maps for hours trying to decipher obscure references and how the language may have changed over the centuries is just plain fun.
Here are some of the places mentioned or touched on in the series and where we think they are in real life. Everything is on our Locations in SEE Google Map.
Payan Nation – Pennsylvania
This only became clear when the other locations were established, but Paya is clearly a corruption of Pennsylvania, and the Payan Nation stretches hundreds of miles in each direction through the center of the state.
Alkenny – Allegheny National Forest
The first group we’re introduced to in the first season is the Alkenny, which is a corruption of Allegheny. We cannot pinpoint the location exactly, but given other places we will be arriving at soon, we assume that the location of Alkenny Village is somewhere in the Allegheny National Forest, in the center of the Pennsylvania.
Kanzua Town – Kinzua Hydroelectric Dam
The seat of power for Queen Kane, the Kinzua Hydroelectric Dam was the first location that cemented the idea that we’re dealing with real-world locations in the series. And this also correlates with the supposed location of the Alkenny in general.
This one is total speculation, but it makes sense. There is a town named Kane just 15 miles from Kanzua, which may be the source of the royal family’s name Kane.
House of Lights – Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility in Mercer
The location of the House of Lights in Jerlamarel is another one that you can take with a grain of salt, but we have reason to believe it’s the right location.
Jerlamarel explains that the House of Lights was once a prison and we know he has regular relations with representatives of Trivantes. There are 24 state correctional facilities in Pennsylvania, but only Mercer’s one is located somehow between Trivantes and Paya, which makes more sense if Trivantians travel there.
Then there’s the fact that the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections page says, “SCI Mercer is unique in that it runs on electricity only. The facility is equipped with nine diesel-powered emergency generators to maintain essential services in the event of a power failure. “
This might help explain how Jerlamarel was able to get the electricity to work in the building.
Trivantes – Pittsburgh
Trivantes, the home of Baba’s brother Edo Voss, is Pittsburgh. This one is not up for debate, as it is cited in the opening titles of Season 2.
Pennsa – State College, Pennsylvania
Fans have long suspected that Pennsa, the new location of Queen Sibeth’s capital after the destruction of Kanzua, was at State College, home of Penn State University. And all the naysayers have dispelled their doubts in episode seven of season two, when now Queen Maghra delivers her speech in front of the troops, standing on the statue of the lion Nittany.
At the start of the second season, Baba Voss and his group travel from Trivantes to Pensa. Baba is weak with a fever from the wounds received in Trivantes, and Paris decides they will seek out the Valier, who can offer them shelter and a healer.
There’s a town called Valier roughly between Pittsburgh and State College, but even though it’s not on a direct route, it’s probably the origin of the Valier people.
Lebnin, Currlyle, Altoona, Hareburr – Lebanon, Carlyle, Altoona, Harrisburg
Lebnin, Currlyle, Altoona and Hareburr are all mentioned as towns of Paya. Their real-world locations put them in the area surrounding Pennsa, so it makes sense.
Woodvale is only briefly mentioned as a town quickly defeated by the Trivantian army on their march to Pennsa. As Altoona is not known to have fallen, we assume that Woodvale is between Trivantes and Altoona. This is just a guess, but there is a neighborhood known as Woodvale in the town of Johnstown that would be roughly in the right area, which could be the origin of the town’s name.
We know that Trivantes is Pittsburgh and that the governing council of Triviantia is known as the Triangle. The fixation on “sorting” might be a game on the three rivers that come together in Pittsburgh, but there is speculation in the fandom that the Trivantian Republic might in fact be a triangle itself, stuck by Pittsburgh, Columbus and Cleveland.
This idea seems to fit with the fact that the Gannites are to their west.
The Gannites – Michiganites
The location of the Gannites is mostly speculation. We know they are west of the Trivantian Republic, and the Gannites appear to be a corruption of the Michiganites, so their nation is probably in the Michigan area or northern Indiana.
Roxborough Regional Airport – ???
Hoping to avoid war, Maghra leads a delegation to a summit with the Trivantians. The summit takes place at the Roxborough Regional Airport and it appears to be near a large body of water, which we can only assume is Lake Eerie.
But it doesn’t seem reasonable for them to travel this far north of Pennsa to meet the Trivantians, and I haven’t been able to find an airport named Roxborough yet.
This one could be a case where the show’s producers chose visually appealing filming locations and didn’t try to line them up with real-world locations.
Greenhill Gap – ???
As the site of the decisive battle between the Payans and Trivantians, I’d like to know where this is, but it’s another location that could be totally fictional. It’s said to be a “stone’s throw” from Pennsa, but there’s nothing on Google Maps that is an obvious candidate for its location.
With a generic name like Greenhill, it’s entirely reasonable that it may have been renamed over the centuries since the virus, with the original name long forgotten, but hopefully they drop a few more clues. in the final episode.
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So what do you think? Am I missing something obvious, or am I totally out of place on any of my guesses? We would love to hear your thoughts either in a comment below or on our Discord.