HBO has revealed the nine characters that Game of Thrones will be adding for its fifth season, most of whom share a connection to dearly departed Oberyn Martell. The most familiar name to American audiences is likely Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), who will be portraying Obara Sand, eldest bastard daughter of Oberyn.
Among the other eight additions are Alexander Siddig (Da Vinci’s Demons) as Oberyn’s even-tempered older brother Doran; Toby Sebastian (After the Dark) as Doran’s son Trystane, heir to Dorne and betrothed to Myrcella Baratheon; Nell Tiger Free (Endeavour) as Myrcella Baratheon, daughter of Cersei and Jamie whose position in Dorne has been tenuous since Oberyn’s death; DeObia Oparei (Dome) as Areo Hotah, loyal captain of Doran’s palace guard; Enzo Cilenti (Rome) as wealthy slave trader Yezzen; Jessica Henwick (Spirit Warriors) as graceful Nym Sand, second eldest bastard daughter of Oberyn; Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (The Family) as Tyene Sand, daughter of Oberyn and Ellaria; and Jonathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) as pious High Sparrow, who arrives in King’s Landing looking to serve those forgotten by the world at large.
The fifth season of Game of Thrones premieres in the spring of 2015, with the series already having been renewed for a sixth season that’ll debut in 2016. You can check out TVHackr’s guide to the A Song of Ice and Fire novel series here, as well as an introductory video to the new characters below.
Which new addition to Game of Thrones are you most excited about? Are there any book characters that haven’t been introduced already that you’d like to see pop up? How much of the book material would you like the fifth season to cover?