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New cast members revealed for fifth season of 'Game of Thrones'

HBO's GAME OF THRONES (2014) Season 4 - Emilia Clarke, Nathalie Emmanuel
HBO's GAME OF THRONES (2014) Season 4 - Emilia Clarke, Nathalie Emmanuel
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HBO has revealed some of the new cast members for the fifth season of it's hit series "Game of Thrones with many of them appearing in a video that was shown at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2014. Among the new actors and the characters they will portray are:

Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell. 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.

Toby Sebastian as Trystane Martell. 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.

Nell Tiger Free as Myrcella Baratheon. 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.

DeObia Oparei as Areo Hotah. Areo Hotah is the long-serving captain of Doran Martell’s palace guard, renowned for his loyalty and his longaxe.

Enzo Cilenti as Yezzan. Yezzan was an extremely wealthy slave trader before Daenerys Targaryen outlawed the slave trade.

Jessica Henwick as Nymeria (“Nym”) Sand. Nym Sand is the second eldest of the latePrince Oberyn’s bastard daughters. Her mother was an Eastern noblewoman who brought Nym up to be cultured, graceful and deadly with a whip.

Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand. Tyene Sand is the daughter of the late Prince Oberyn Martell by Ellaria Sand, his final paramour. Tyene is fiercer than she looks, especially with her twin daggers.

Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand. A fearsome warrior, Obara Sand is the eldest bastard daughter of the late Prince Oberyn Martell. Her mother was a Dornish peasant girl who caught the eye of the late Prince.

Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow. A devout and pious man, the High Sparrow came to King’s Landing to serve those forgotten by much of the world – the poor, the downtrodden and the infirm – and quickly amassed a large following. His fellow believers have swarmed over the city, ministering to the lowest and decrying the corruption of the highest.

The casting video, as well as an additional reel shown to the audience at Comic-Con, can be seen on the official Game of Thrones YouTube Channel at youtube.com/user/GameofThrones.

Game of Thrones Trivia per IMDB

Jack Gleeson (Joffrey) received a letter from author George R.R. Martin after the the show aired, stating "Congratulations, everyone hates you!".

Maester Aemon Targaryen of the Night's Watch is revealed to be blind in the novels. He is played by Peter Vaughan, who is legally blind himself.

Emilia Clarke (the actress who plays Daenerys Targaryen) was doused in so much fake blood during one scene that she got stuck to a toilet seat during a break.

In the year 2012, over 160 baby girls in the U.S. were legally named "Khaleesi", after the character in the show, although it is not the character's name (Daenerys) but a title.

The character Joffrey Baratheon is modeled after the Roman Emperor Caligula.

Thomas Brodie-Sangster, who plays the 13-year-old character Jojen Reed, was 22 when cast in the role.

In 2014, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) was announced to succeed Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in the 2015 reboot of "The Terminator". Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) had played Sarah Connor in the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008), which was a spin-off the "Terminator" films.

Unlike other shows, the game changing scenes of Game of Thrones occur in the penultimate episode (the ninth episode) while the finale deals with the immediate aftermath of what occurred.