Game Of Thrones Spoilers: HBO Hit Announces 8 New Cast Members For Season 5; Recasts Joffrey’s Sister

Now that’s how you make a splash at Comic-Con.

Just like it does when it airs new episodes, HBO’s Game of Thrones dropped the biggest news of the weekend when it revealed the casting of eight new characters for the show’s upcoming fifth season.

Here’s the rundown:

Alexander Siddig will play Doran Martell, Oberyn’s older brother and the ruling lord of Dorne. He is described to be much more even-keeled and not as hot-tempered as his late younger brother. If you will remember, he was referenced as being the one who the Lannister’s initially wanted to be present for Joffrey’s wedding.

Toby Sebastian will play Doran’s son Trystane Martell, the heir to Dorne who is arranged to be married to Myrcella Baratheon as part of the alliance offered by the late Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance). There is big news on that front as well as Myrcella has a new face. With the role becoming increasingly important, it’s clear there was an age gap so Nell Tiger Free will replace Aimee Richardson as the new Myrcella. With Oberyn’s death, Myrcella finds herself almost in an Arya Stark position as she is no longer as safe as she thought (especially considering the fact that she is not the former King Robert’s daughter but actually the child of Cersei and Jaime). Yikes.

Jessica Henwick has been brought on to play Nymeria Sand, the second eldest of Oberyn’s bastard daughters. Rosabell Laurenti Sellers will play Tyene Sand, the daughter of Oberyn’s final lover, Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma), who is known to be deadly with daggers. Keisha Castle-Hughes will play Obara Sand, a strong fighter and Oberyn’s eldest bastard.

Obia Oparei will play as Areo Hotah, the captain of Doran’s palace guard while Enzo Cilenti takes on the role of Yezzen, an extremely wealthy slave trader… that was until Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) outlawed slave trade. It can be assumed he won’t be down with the “Breaker Of Chains.”

Jonathan Pryce rounds out the last as the High Sparrow, a religious man who came to King’s Landing to help the less fortunate, but now has large cult-like following as a result of his popularity.

Check out this preview of the new additions:

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Source: TVGuide.com