Myrcella Baratheon Recast

From HBO’s video Season 5 – New Cast Members we saw that the first recast had happened.  Last season we had several recasting’s, Iell_Tiger_Freeeven our second recast for a single character (The Mountain).  But for this season the new face of Myrcella Bartheon will be the actress Nell Tiger Free.  Nell Tiger Free has appeared in Mr.Stink, as well as an episode of Endeavour.

For those of you who forgot Myrcella was last seen in season 2 getting on a ship to sail to Dorne.  Mycella was betrothed to Trystane in a marriage alliance between House Martell and House Lannister.  With the recent events in Kings Landing, with Oberyn’s duel, you can expect there to be some tension in Dorne.   Myrcella’s role in season 5 is explained a bit more in HBO’s press release:

Myrcella Baratheon is officially the eldest child of Cersei Lannister and the late King Robert Baratheon, though in truth her father is Cersei’s own brother, Jaime Lannister. For years, she has been a guest and ward of Prince Doran, betrothed to his son, but her position has become tenuous with the death of Oberyn Martell, the Prince’s brother.

Check out the awesome, and kind of sad, Vine posted by the previous actress of Myrcella, Aimee Richardson.

So what do you think of this recasting?  Are you excited to see a new actress taking on the mantle of Myrcella Baratheon?

The Winds of Winter Prologue?

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During the Game of Thrones Comic Con panel George R.R. Martin let slip a little piece of information about The Winds of Winter.  Now what that little piece of information is has to do with a character that will be making an appearance in the prologue of The Winds of Winter.  Now as you may have guessed this topic is pretty spoilery.  So for that reason the details will be below the break!

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Areo Hotah Cast

The next character we will be talking about from HBO’s Season 5 – New Cast Members video is Areo Hotah.  Areo Hotah will be played by DeObia Oparei, who has previously appeared in films such as Dredd, Doom, Alien 3, and many more.

Areo Hotah was described in HBO’s press release as:

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Looking at the picture of DeObai Oparei I simply cannot wait to see him wielding the great longaxe.  I think HBO did a fantastic casting job here.  I’m not positive on DeObai’s acting abilities, but as always I will put my faith in HBO.  Looking at their track record of casting decisions they have almost always done a fantastic job.  I’m speaking on a purely physical standpoint here, that DeObai looks great for the role of Areo Hotah.

So what do you think of this casting choice?  Let me know in the comments!

 

The High Sparrow Cast

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So continuing my individual postings for each new character that was announced in HBO’s video Season 5 – New Cast Memberslets look at the High Sparrow.  This character is going to be an entirely new character for show-watchers, with no previous mentioning’s or family connections.  The High Sparrow will be played by Jonathan Pryce, who has previously been in the The Pirates of The Caribbean movies as Governor Weatherby Swann.  

Now I don’t really wanna say to much about the High Sparrow, simply because any description about the character may be taken as spoiler for some.  For this reason HBO’s description of the High Sparrow will be below the break.  So for those of you have not read the books don’t read any further, and simply look forward to seeing this new character in season 5.

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A Few More Comic Con Panels

Chances are that by now you’ve seen the Game of Thrones Comic Con panel (and if not check it out here).  But don’t you worry here are two more panels with some of the cast of Game of Thrones.

The first panel is Bad Ass Women, hosted by The Nerd Machine.  This panel includes a handful of TV’s favorite badass women, and from the cast of Game of Thrones our very own Sophie Turner.

And in this second pane,  TV Guide Fan Favorites, we have Gwendoline Christie.  

And to end it all off the creator of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin. Enjoy!

Two Martells Cast for Season 5

From HBO’s video, Season 5 - New Cast Members,  we got the news that 2 Martell’s  joining the cast.  Those two are Doran Martell, and Trystane Martell.   House Martell is one of the Great Houses of Westeros, and is the ruling house of Dorne.  We met our first Martell in season 4,  Oberyn Martell now its time to meet his older brother, and nephew.

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Alexander Siddig

Lets start off by looking at Doran Martell.  Doran will be played by Alexander Siddig – who has appeared in movies such as Kingdom of Heaven and Reign of Fire.  In HBO’s press release Doran was described as:

Doran Martell is the ruling lord of Dorne and older brother to the late Prince Oberyn Martell. Unlike his brother, Doran is even-tempered and deliberate. Now, all of Dorne waits to see how their lord will react to his brother’s death.

I’m curious to see if the show will stick to the Doran we know so well in the books.  The main characteristic I’m curious to see is  Doran’s bad case of gout.  There is no reason to believe that they will get rid Doran’s case of gout in the show, but its one of my major concerns.  As far as the actor playing Doran, Alexander Siddig, the choice by HBO was absolutely perfect.  There is almost no one else I would rather see in this role.

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Now onto our second new Martell and the son of Doran, Trystane Martell.  Trystane will be played by Toby Sebastian.  From the looks of it Toby is a fairly new actor, he has some prior history but not to much.  Of course this may make some hesitant, but looking back at the beginning of Game of Thrones, I have faith that HBO has made a good decision with this casting choice.  As for HBO’s press release, here is what is said about Trystane:

Trystane Martell is Prince Doran’s son and heir to Dorne. His father betrothed him to Myrcella Baratheon as part of the alliance offered by Tywin Lannister, then Hand of the King.

Some of you may have forgotten that Myrcella was sent to Dorne all the way back in season 2, in a marriage alliance.  This is also part of the reason why they recast a new actress to play Myrcella Baratheon (Check back for my post on this).

So what do you think of these two casting decisions? Let me know in the comments!

There is one last thing I want to talk about.  But it may fall somewhere in the spoiler territory.  So if you haven’t read A Feast for Crows stay above the break.

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George R.R. Martin Not Writing an Episode for Season 5

Well it would seem George is getting quite serious about finishing The Winds of Winter.  In a recent interview with EW George R.R. Martin said he would not be writing an episode for season 5 of Game of Thrones, but will rather be spending his time finishing the book.  

In the past George has always written one episode for each season.  The episodes he has are: The Pointy End (Season 1, Episode 8), Blackwater (Season 2, Episode 9), The Bear and the Maiden Fair (Season 3, Episode 7), and The Lion and the Rose (Season 4, Episode 2).  All the episodes written by George have been fantastic, and although I’ll miss having George writing an episode in season 5 I’m happy that he is going to be spending more time on The Winds of Winter.

So what do you think?  Are you happy to see George spending more time on The Winds of Winter?  And just for fun, when do you think we’ll get a release date for the much anticipated book, The Winds of Winter?

The Sand Snakes Have Been Cast

Yesterday during Game of Thrones panel at the San Diego Comic Con we got a video showing us some of the new characters that’ll be joining the ranks in season 5.

The first few characters we’ll be looking at Nymeria “Nym” Sand, Tyene Sand, and Obara Sand.  These are the main three Sand Snakes.  Now if you haven’t read the books you might be asking yourself “who are the Sand Snakes?”  Simply enough the Sand Snakes are the bastard daughters of Oberyn Martell.  Nym, Tyene, and Obara, just happen to be the three oldest daughters.

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