The sprawling cast of Game of Thrones grows every season, and for Season 5, the HBO drama is introducing a whopping nine new cast members.
As previously reported, Game of Thrones is venturing to Dorne next year — the homeland of the sadly deceased Oberyn Martell. The new characters include several of his family members, including his brother, the Prince of Dorne.
Book readers know just how important Dorne is. The large peninsula at the south of Westeros has always boasted a proud, independent people. They were the only kingdom that Aegon the Conqueror couldn't, well, conquer, but the Dornish princes ended up allying with the Targaryens.
In fact, the current Prince's sister, Elia Martell, was married to the last Targaryen crown prince, Rhaegar. If you recall, it was her and her children's murders at the hands of The Mountain that Oberyn vowed to avenge. That led him to volunteer as Tyrion's champion; unfortunately, that trial by combat ended with Oberyn's very-memorable death (oh, our eyes!).
So, it seems we're headed for Dorne to see how the current Prince and his family react to the news of Oberyn's death. If their desire for vengeance was bad before, can you imagine what it'll be like now?
The Martells will be a force to be reckoned with. Check out pics and descriptions of them and the other new Game of Thrones characters:
Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig)
Doran, Oberyn's elder brother, is the Prince of Dorne and Lord of Sunspear, and as such, he is a major player in Westeros. Siddig — probably best known for roles on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and 24 — certainly looks the part; he and Pedro Pascal could be actual brothers. Not only that, Siddig always brings gravitas to his parts, making him a perfect choice for the powerful Prince of Dorne.
Trystane Martell (Toby Sebastian)
In the books, Trystane is Doran's youngest son and betrothed to Myrcella Baratheon (Robert and Cersei's daughter, who was shipped off to Dorne in Season 1). Sebastian is a musician who is a relative newcomer to acting. He's previously been in After the Dark and The Hollow Crown. And clearly, tall, dark, and handsome men run in the Martell family.
Myrcella Baratheon (Nell Tiger Free)
Last we saw Myrcella in Season 1, she was portrayed by Aimee Richardson, but Game of Thrones has recast her with Free now that her role is expanding. Free is a singer who's just starting out in the acting game. Myrcella was shipped off to Dorne by her Uncle Tyrion to get betrothed to Trystane. But will that last, considering Trystane's uncle was killed by Myrcella's mother's champion?
Areo Hotah (DeObia Oparei)
As the intimidating captain of Doran Martell's guards, Oparei fits the bill at six-foot-four. The London-born actor is also a playwright.
Yezzan (Enzo Cilenti)
An extremely wealthy slaver from Yunkai, Yezzan figures to have interactions with several characters currently on (or headed for) the continent of Essos. Cilenti is a veteran stage and film actor who's appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy, Kick Ass 2, and Wonderland. He's also a director and wrote a novel titled Mediterranean Homesick Blues.
Nymeria Sand (Jessica Henwick)
Described as beautiful and extremely dangerous with a whip, Nymeria is one of the infamous Sand Snakes, the eight bastard daughters of Oberyn Martell. Henwick is an English actress who starred in the BBC's Spirit Warriors in 2009 and most recently appeared in the network's drama Silk.
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Tyrene Sand (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers)
Another of Oberyn's Sand Snakes, Tyrene is quick to use her twin daggers. Sellers is an Italian actress with over a dozen film and television credits in that country.
Obara Sand (Keisha Castle-Hughes)
Hughes burst on the acting scene with an Academy Award nomination when she was just 14, for the movie Whale Rider. Since then, she gave birth to a daughter and appeared in smaller movies and TV shows. Now, she has her most high-profile role since Whale Rider and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith with Obara, the eldest of the Sand Snakes.
The High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce)
Of unknown origins and actual name, the High Sparrow is a religious figure who amasses a huge following in King's Landing. Pryce is perfect for that role, as the veteran actor gives off a magnetic energy that has won him two Tony awards and gained him recognition in movies including Pirates of the Caribbean, Evita, Brazil, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Tomorrow Never Dies.
Watch the new actors introduce themselves:
Game of Thrones Season 5 will premiere in 2015 on HBO.