On June 15 Wetpaint Entertainment posted spoilers for the upcoming fifth season of "Game of Thrones," the HBO medieval fantasy drama which just aired its fourth season finale. Two actors, Michael Huisman and Nathalie Emmanuel, have been upgraded to series regulars after recurring for the past two seasons. Both characters are linked to Daenerys Stormborn, which indicates her story will be growing next season.
Huisman plays the role of Daario Naharis, a fearless warrior and leader of the Second Sons, who pledges his allegiance to Daenerys before taking Yunkai. The role was originally played by Ed Skrein in season three, but the actor left to pursue other projects. Huisman first appeared in season four and became Dany's champion fighter.
After Dany and her army of Unsullied took over Meereen, she sent Naharis away back to Astapor to keep the piece. However, the two began their romantic relationship the night before, which was hinted when the pair first met. Now that the character has been upgraded, it's likely he will return to Meereen where Dany was when season four ended.
Nathalie Emmanuel portrays the role of Missandei, Dany's translator and friend, who accompanies her ever since Astapor. She is Naathi, and speaks Valyarian with Dany in addition to understanding the language of Westeros. In season four the character sort of began an admiration with Grey Worm, an Unsullied soldier and leader of Dany's army.
Huisman is known for playing bad boy producer Liam McGuinness on the ABC drama "Nashville," and a drug addict on "Treme." The Dutch actor will also appear on the upcoming season of "Orphan Black" and started a band called Fontaine. Emmanuel, a British actress, is best known for playing a recurring role on the soap opera Hollyoaks. She has appeared in fourteen episodes of the HBO drama since season three.
Winteriscoming.net posted on June 15 that the fifth season will begin filming in July and will be adding the new location of Spain which is expected to double as Dorne. The new ten episode season will premiere next April and a sixth season has also been announced. Several new characters from Dorne and Braavos will be appearing next season to further stories for Arya and Dany.
More casting news will be announced as filming gets closer. The season will focus on the second half of "A Feast for Crows," the fourth book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series by author George R.R. Martin. Parts of the fifth book, "A Dance with Dragons" will also be involved especially with Tyrion and Arya's story lines.