It’s a good job Game of Thrones kills off so many of its characters, otherwise Westeros would become confusingly crowded.
For season five, there is, of course, the usual batch of new faces, nine of which were introduced at San Diego Comic Con over the weekend, and seem to be mostly draw from book four A Feast For Crows. To give you an idea of what to expect when the show airs next year, here’s a quick guide to the new players in the most dangerous game of all.
Who will win, and who will die?
Warning: Includes spoilers for series 4 and, obviously, information about characters from series 5.
Obara Sand (Keisha Castle-Hughes)
Next season we’ll finally be going to Dorne. After the rather eye-popping death of Prince Oberyn Martell at the end of series four, expect series five to feature a heck of a lot of his illegitimate Dornish daughters ready to wreak their vengeance. As quite a popular guy, Prince Oberyn ended up with so many of these, they even come with their own nickname: the Sand Snakes. The first, and the eldest, of the Snakes to be announced is Obera Sand, and she’s not a happy bunny.
Obera is known to be rather ill-tempered (perhaps understandably so), a dab hand with her chosen weapon, “the spear of tears” and to ride her horses until they’re bloody. We’ll get on the phone to the RSPCA, the rest of you hide any sharp or pointy objects.
You might recognise Keisha Castle-Hughes from… The Whale Rider, or Star Wars Episode III : Revenge of the Sith.
Nymeria Sand (Jessica Henwick)
You might recognise Jessica Henwick from Spirit Warriors, The Thick of It, and Silk.
Tyene Sand (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers)
Now all grown up, Tyene also wants catharsis for her dad’s untimely death. With a keen knowledge of poisons, like her old pa, Tyene will certainly be injecting some venom into the show’s proceedings.
Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig)
You might recognise Alexander Siddig from Star Trek, 24 and Syriana.
Areo Hotah (DeObia Operai)
You might recognise DeObia Operai from Moulin Rouge!, Dredd, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Trystane Martell (Toby Sebastian)
You might recognise Toby Sebastian from, er, a house party, perhaps. This is the young actor and musician’s first big acting role, but we’re sure you’ll be seeing a lot more of him from now on.
Myrcella Lannister (Nell Tiger Free)
You might recognise Nell Tiger Free from David Walliams’s Christmas drama Mr Stink.
Yezzan zo Qaggos (Enzo Cilenti)
You might recognise Enzo Cilenti from 24 Hour Party People, Rome, or most recently in Guardians of the Galaxy.
High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce)
And last, but most certainly not least, is the very welcome addition of Jonathan Pryce as High Sparrow, the High Septon of the House of the Seven (so sort of like Westeros’s Pope, if you will). High Sparrow will take pride of place in Kings Landing, at the request of Cersei. After the amount of horrific slaughterings the residents suffered in series five, we’re sure Kings Landing could do with one of Gods’ best mates right about now.
You may recognise Jonathan Pryce from Brazil, Pirates of the Caribbean, James Bond and absolutely everything ever made.