With the sunny kingdom of Dorne factoring heavily into Game of Thrones' fifth season, it should come as no surprise that the show is filling out that world.
That being said, the HBO drama made a splash at Comic-Con on Friday, announcing the casting of eight new characters for Season 5, including Oberyn Martell's brother, Prince Doran Martell, and the Sand Snakes—Oberyn's the hot-blooded and vengeful bastard daughters.
Alexander Siddig will play Doran; older than Oberyn and the ruling lord of Dorne, he's much more even-tempered than his late baby brother.
Toby Sebastian will play Doran's son Trystane Martell, who according to HBO's casting announcement is the heir to Dorne—and as some of you have already noted in the comments, might be a sign of an upcoming difference between the show and the books. Trystane is betrothed to Myrcella Baratheon as part of an alliance with Tywin Lannister. And speaking of Myrcella, she's been recast, with Nell Tiger Free replacing Aimee Richardson. In the wake of Oberyn's death by eye-gouging, Myrcella's position in Dorne we grow tenuous—especially since she's not really Robert Baratheon's daughter, but the love child of Cersei and Jaime.
As for the Sand Snakes, Jessica Henwick will play Nymeria Sand, who was raised to be cultured, graceful, and deadly with a whip. Rosabell Laurenti Sellers will play Tyene Sand, the daughter of Oberyn's final paramour, Ellaria Sand; Nymeria is especially fierce with her twin daggers. Keisha Castle-Hughes will play Obara Sand, a fearsome warrior and Oberyn's eldest daughter.
Also joining the cast are Obia Oparei as Areo Hotah, the long-serving captain of Doran's palace guard who is fiercely loyal and handy with a longaxe, and Enzo Cilenti as Yezzen, an extremely wealthy slave trader... at least until Daenerys Targaryen outlawed the slave trade.
Finally, Jonathan Pryce has been cast as the High Sparrow, a devout and pious man who came to King's Landing to help the poor and downtrodden, but quickly amassed a large following. Now, his fellow believers have swarmed the city, ministering to the lowest and decrying the corruption of the highest.
Game of Thrones will return to HBO in 2015. Which of the new characters are you most excited to meet?
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