SAN DIEGO, July 26, 2014 – The late July timing of Comic-Con International in San Diego couldn’t be better timing for “Game of Thrones” fans to get the news fix they need to tide them over to the next season of the show in April 2015.
Season 4 was difficult for many GoT fans. While they cheered King Joffrey finally meeting his end, they mourned Prince Oberyn Martell, brought to life by actor Pedro Pascal. The brutal death of this warm, intelligent brave man as he attempted to avenge his sister’s murder upset fans more than Season 3’s “Red Wedding.” They braced for the execution of Tyrion, but he was saved after all.
Among the most anticipated new characters are the “Sand Snakes,” the name for Prince Oberyn’s eight bastard daughters. All of them are beautiful of course; all of them possess their own individual fighting talents. They aren’t going to be too happy when they learn their father was killed in a trial by combat duel avenging their aunt Elia’s death.
HBO introduced the actresses cast in several key Sand Snake roles. See them introduce themselves in the video below along with several other actors and actresses taking on GoT characters.
Highlights of Season 5 casting include:
Veteran British actor Jonathan Pryce, known for dozens of movie roles including his breakout performance in “Brazil” lands the plum role of the “High Sparrow,” who leads a large following in King’s Landing ministering to the needy and calling out corruption at the highest levels. Imagine who he’ll be tangling with.
Alexander Siddig plays Prince Doran Martell of Dorne, the older brother of Prince Oberyn. Siddig is known to Star Trek DS9 fans as Dr. Bashir; he played key roles in the TV series “24” and films “Syriana” and “The Fifth Element.” In Season 5 he will learn of his brother’s death and must determine how to react to the events in King’s Landing.
Among the actresses cast as the Sand Snakes, the best known is Keisha Castle-Hughes, an Australian actress with roles in the films “Whale Rider” and “Star Wars Episode III.” She will play Obara Sand, the oldest of Prince Oberyn’s daughters, known asa fearsome warrior good with both the spear and the whip. She loves her horses and her wine. What actress wouldn’t love playing this role?
Jessica Henwick will play Nymeria (Nym) Sand, the second eldest daughter. Her mother was a noblewoman who taught Nym the social graces and how to use blades and daggers.
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers will play Tyene Sand. Tyene is described as blonde with a pure and sweet look, but in the novels she has inherited her father’s talents for using poisons as a weapon.
Toby Sebastian will play Trystane Martell, Prince Doran’s son and Prince Oberyn’s nephew. He is being called heir to the Dornish throne, but in the novels he is not; his older sister Arianne is the heir, as succession is not tied to gender in Dorne. Trystane will marry Myrcella Baratheon, Cersei’s daughter, as part of an alliance arranged by Tyrion Lannister. Cersei never forgave Tyrion for sending her daughter away.
A new, older actress, Nell Tiger Free, will play Myrcella. She was sent to live in Dorne for her safety and to prepare her for her eventual marriage to Trystane. But things may change due to the death of Trystane’s uncle.
DeObia Oparei plays Areo Hotah, Prince Doran’s caption of the palace guard.
Enzo Cilenti plays Yezzanzo Qaggaz, a rich Yunkai slave trader who isn’t too happy with Daenerys Targaryen now that she has outlawed slavery in Yunkai.
Kicking off the official “Game of Thrones” panel was a Comic-Con tradition, the blooper reel of outtakes from Season 4. It took barely 24 hours to rack up over two million views on YouTube. If you haven’t viewed it yet, add a laugh to your day.
Late night TV host Craig Ferguson played moderator for the panel. Fans heard from cast members Natalie Dormer (Margaery), Sophie Turner (Sansa), Maisie Williams (Arya), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne), Rory McCann (The Hound), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Pedro Pascal (the late Prince Oberyn) and Rose Leslie (the late Ygritte).
The comment getting the most attention was Maisie Williams’ answer to a fan question about the many changing identities Arya has taken on over the first four seasons. Williams replied “She (Arya) is no one.” Novel readers know what she means; we have a lot to look forward to in Arya’s storyline.
Among the entertainment options for GoT fans at Comic-Con:
San Diego’s Left Hand Black Studio offered fans the chance to get with permanent tattoos at Comic-Con. Temporary tattoos were also available for those not quite ready to commit to House Stark or Targaryen.
Cooperstown, New York based Brewery Ommegang debuted its new “Valer Morghulis” Dubbel Ale, with actor Pedro Pascal tapping the first draft.
You could take your photo sitting on a replica of the Iron Throne, and capture a GIF with Drogon the Dragon.
Production is getting underway on Season 5 in Ireland, Spain and Croatia. Only nine months to go to Season 5. For those who haven’t been watching, this is plenty of time to binge watch the first four seasons.
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