‘Game of Thrones’ Spoilers: Season 5 New Characters Revealed
Game of Thrones Season 4 comes to an end in just three weeks, and with that ending, the HBO drama gets that much closer to catching up with George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, which still has two novels left to go. Naturally, Season 5 will begin introducing characters from the most recently-published books in the series, A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons, the stories of which take place simultaneously and focus on different sets of characters at the same point in time. So which characters and storylines will the show be keeping from the novels?
Needless to say, there are an insane amount of awesome characters coming our way, and all-purpose Game of Thrones megasite WinterIsComing.net obtained the full list with complete descriptions of each character. But be forewarned, these are kind of spoilery if you haven’t read the books. Then again, if you haven’t read the books, you probably won’t know who any of these people are anyway. Check out the full list below:
Prince Doran Martell – Doran is described as the major new player this year, appearing in multiple episodes. The fiftysomething prince uses a wheelchair, is reclusive and rules wisely. It appears the show is looking to continue the trend it started with Pedro Pascal, and cast Latino actors for the Martell clan.
Prince Trystane Martell – Trystane, the handsome fiance of Princess Myrcella, is being aged up to 18.
Areo Hotah – Doran’s personal bodyguard will appear throughout the season, assisting the prince with his duties. The show is particularly looking for a black actor to fill the role.
The Sand Snakes, Oberyn Martell’s bastard daughters (with ages ranging 18-25):
Obara Sand – The eldest and most athletic Sand Snake will be having a major fight scene with a series regular character – not one who crosses her path in the books. This is an interesting change.
Nymeria Sand – Nymeria is described as “mixed race,” with her father being the fairer Oberyn and her mother being darker skinned. The second oldest of these Sand Snakes, she’s beautiful, emotional and very strong.
Tyene Sand – The youngest of the Sand Snakes that we meet uses her wits and seductive powers, and is less of a physical fighter than the other Sand Snakes. She is just as deadly as her sisters, however, but her weapon is poison.
High Sparrow – The books’ pious head of a religious movement will be appearing in several episodes in season 5.
Septa Unella – The show is looking for a character actress to play the imposing and unrelenting septa who spends a lot of time with a major series character next year.
Maggy the Frog – A fortune teller in A Feast for Crows, she’ll be in one episode next year.
Lollys Stokeworth – Just last week in “Mockingbird,” Bronn announced his intention to marry Lollys, whom Tyrion considers “dimwitted.” It looks like the sellsword will still be around next year.
Yezzan – A sleazy Meereenese slave owner.
The Waif – The strange child from the books that Arya encounters will likely be played by an older actress, one in her later teens, and we understand the show is specifically looking for a woman of East Asian descent for the part.
HBO is reportedly scouting locations in Spain to, presumably, serve as Dorne. However, HBO has yet to confirm any actual casting news just yet, despite rumors that the casting process for Season 5 is already under way. Regardless, Season 5 is shaping up to be a banner season for Game of Thrones…and Season 4 isn’t even over yet.