GAME OF THRONES Season 5 Casting Call Reveals Spoilers
We are right in the midst of a rather spectacular season of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. As it stands now, Tyrion Lannister, played by the always compelling Peter Dinklage, was facing certain death as he was about to step into the battle arena with The Mountain. However, a knight in shining armor of sorts in the form of Oberyn Martell has chosen to fight for Tyrion as retribution for what The Mountain did to his sister and her children. Of course, there are other big stories going on as well, such as Lord Baelish taking matters into his own hands in regards to Sansa Stark. With only three episodes left, we can expect things to happen rather quickly.
Looking forward to season five, however, we may have some spoilerish story tidbits thanks to a new casting call. So, if you haven’t read the books and don’t want things spoiled, you may want to move on over to a new article, perhaps read about Edgar Wright ditching Ant-Man. It should be noted that because the show’s writers have been cherry picking from the books, things may be going out of order, as is indicated by the casting call provided by Screen Crush below. Check it out!
Prince Doran Martell – Doran is described as the major new player this year, appearing in multiple episodes. The fifty-something prince uses a wheelchair, is reclusive and rules wisely. It appears the show is looking to continue the trend it started with Pedro Pascal, and cast Latino actors for the Martell clan.
Prince Trystane Martell – Trystane, the handsome fiance of Princess Myrcella, is being aged up to 18.
Areo Hotah - Doran’s personal bodyguard will appear throughout the season, assisting the prince with his duties. The show is particularly looking for a black actor to fill the role.
The Sand Snakes, Oberyn Martell’s bastard daughters (with ages ranging 18-25):
Obara Sand – The eldest and most athletic Sand Snake will be having a major fight scene with a series regular character- not one who crosses her path in the books. This is an interesting change.
Nymeria Sand – Nymeria is described as “mixed race,” with her father being the fairer Oberyn and her mother being darker skinned. The second oldest of these Sand Snakes, she’s beautiful, emotional and very strong.
Tyene Sand – The youngest of the Sand Snakes that we meet uses her wits and seductive powers, and is less of a physical fighter than the other Sand Snakes. She is just as deadly as her sisters, however, but her weapon is poison.
High Sparrow – The books’ pious head of a religious movement will be appearing in several episodes in season 5.
Septa Unella – The show is looking for a character actress to play the imposing and unrelenting septa who spends a lot of time with a major series character next year.
Maggy the Frog- A fortune teller in ‘A Feast for Crows,’ she’ll be in one episode next year.
Lollys Stokeworth – Just last week in “Mockingbird,” Bronn announced his intention to marry Lollys, whom Tyrion considers “dimwitted.” It looks like the sellsword will still be around next year.
Yezzan – A sleazy Meereenese slave owner.
The Waif – The strange child from the books that Arya encounters will likely be played by an older actress, one in her later teens, and we understand the show is specifically looking for a woman of East Asian descent for the part.
Those who have read the books know the out come of the upcoming episode, “The Mountain and the Viper” so to see these characters and locations appear shouldn’t come as too big a surprise. They did a phenomenal job in casting Pedro Pascal as Oberyn and I fully expect that trend to continue. I also fully expect to see the story cherry picking to continue as well, as George R.R. Martin still has some work to do in order to finish out the series.
A few months back, the author met with the show’s producers to discuss Martin’s plans for the books and how he plans to wind things up. This cherry picking is a way for them to slow the pace a bit and still keep things interesting. You can catch Game of Thrones every Sunday night on HBO.
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