The fourth season of Game of Thrones, as epic as it was, saw more than a handful of Westeros residents bite the dust. So it’s only natural for the writers to add in some fresh blood to its ever-growing cast.
Nine of the new characters set to appear in season five were introduced at last year’s Comic Con, with a tenth one announced a few months ago, making the wait that much more excruciating. Here’s a quick look at the new actors and the characters they will be playing in Game of Thrones’ fifth installment.
Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell
Doran Martell is the ruling lord of Dorne and late Prince Oberyn Martell’s older brother. Doran is usually even-tempered and deliberate, but we’re predicting at least one fit of rage as the lord finds out about his brother’s death. He has a bad case of gout that affected his walking abilities. Although Doran tries to appear neutral in the War of the Five Kings, he shows a powerful desire to avenge his murdered sister Elia Martell, similar to the one Oberyn revealed back in season four.
Doran Martell will be played by Alexander Siddig, a Sudanese-born British actor well-versed in the art of theater and very easy on the eyes. You might know him from his breakout role as Dr. Julian Bashir on the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine during the mid-1990s, or his more recent recurring 24 gig.
Toby Sebastian as Trystane Martell
Trystane is Prince Doran’s son and heir to Dorne. His father betrothed him to Myrcella Baratheon as part of the alliance offered by the Lannisters. He doesn’t have a big role in the books, but we all know that the showrunners might go a different way if they feel that Trystane has a shot at winning over the audience.
Toby Sebastian is an English actor and musician best known for his role as Russell in the 2013 movie After the Dark. He also stars in Barely Lethal, set to be released this year, alongside Jessica Alba, Hailee Steinfeld, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jaime King.
Nell Tiger Free as Myrcella Baratheon
You remember Myrcella, don’t you? The eldest child of Cersei Lannister and Jaime Lannister the late King Robert Baratheon? She’s been a guest of Prince Doran for some time now, awaiting her wedding to cutie pie Trystane. However, this union is probably in jeopardy now that Prince Oberyn is dead.
Nell Tiger Free has replaced Aimee Richardson in the role of Myrcella. She’s an up-and-coming British actress with little experience so far, so she’s got the unique chance to develop her acting chops among the cast of one of the greatest TV shows of all time. Not too shabby.
DeObia Oparei as Areo Hotah
Areo Hotah is the long-serving captain of Doran Martell’s palace guard, well-known for his loyalty and his longaxe. He is originally from the Free City of Norvos, where he was trained by the Bearded Priests of Norvos.
DeObia Oparei is an experienced theater actor who has been in a wide variety of TV shows and movies over the course of his career. His most popular roles include Gunner in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Thundarian in Your Highness.
Enzo Cilenti as Yezzan
Before Daenerys Targaryen outlawed the slave trade, Yezzan was an extremely wealthy slave trader. He is also one of the Wise Masters from Yunkai. In the books, Yezzan is described as having yellow eyes and being morbidly obese. Plus, he always smells of urine. Not a particularly pretty sight.
It will take the GoT makeup team some serious work to make the charming Enzo Cilenti fit the part. Cilenti is an English actor best known for his roles in Next, The Rum Diary, and The Fourth Kind.
Jessica Henwick as Nymeria (“Nym”) Sand
Nym Sand is the second eldest of the late Prince Oberyn’s bastard daughters (which are called The Sand Snakes by the way, as a reference to their father’s nickname – The Red Viper). Her mother was an Eastern noblewoman who brought Nym up to be cultured and graceful, but also deadly with a whip. She is considered to be the most beautiful from the sisters, but her power should in no way be underestimated.
Jessica Henwick is an English actress of Singaporean descent, somewhat known for her roles in the BBC shows Spirit Warriors and Silk. She’s still waiting for her big break; and this Game of Thronesappearance looks promising enough.
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand
Tyene Sand is the daughter of the late Prince Oberyn Martell by Ellaria Sand, his final paramour. She’s fiercer than she looks, especially when she’s handling her twin daggers. Tyene is also knowledgeable in the herb cultivation and poison making areas, knowledge that might come in handy when you’re looking to avenge your father’s untimely death.
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers is an Italian-American actress who has done the majority of her most notable work in Italian film.
Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand
Another Sand Snake, Obara Sand is a fearsome warrior and the eldest bastard daughter of the late Prince Oberyn Martell. Her mother was a Dornish peasant girl. Obara is well-trained in martial arts, hot-tempered, and very fond of wine. Judging by her description, she might get along fine with Cersei; you know, if it wasn’t for the whole “you played a huge part in my father’s death” affair.
Keisha Castle-Hughes is an Australian-born New Zealand actress well-known for her role as Paikea “Pai” Apirana in the film Whale Rider. She also appeared in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow
The High Sparrow is a devout and pious man, who came to King’s Landing to serve those forgotten by much of the world – the poor, the downtrodden and the infirm. He quickly amassed a large following, and his fellow believers have swarmed over the city, ministering to the lowest and decrying the corruption of the highest.
Jonathan Pryce is a renowned English character actor, widely known for his roles in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and his portrayal of the villain in the eighteenth Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies.
Hannah Waddingham as Septa Unella
Septa Unella is a member of the Most Devout, the ruling council of the Faith of the Seven. In the books, she is described as big boned with callused hands and a scowling homely face.
Septa Unella will be played by Hannah Waddingham, as revealed at the end of last year. The gorgeous Waddingham is well known for her roles in musical theatre, especially in A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, and The Wizard of Oz.
Will the Sand Snakes manage to get revenge on the Lannisters? Is Trystane and Myrcella’s union still in the books? What is the deal with the Most Devout?
Season five of Game of Thrones premiere Monday, April 13 on Foxtel. Tune in to find out!