Brace Yourselves, Spoilers Are Coming

by Rachel Semigran

The Game of Thrones news and mega-fan site Winter is Coming just leaked a list detailing the Game of Thrones Season 5 cast, and it highlights all of the new faces coming to Winterfell and King's Landing. The Season 5 cast includes a slew of princes and a handful of characters who give us a sneak peek into Arya's storyline. Usually, the wait between seasons is seemingly never-ending for fans, but this list gives GoT viewers a taste of what awaits.

HBO has not confirmed any of the castings of these new characters, but we do know that much of the fifth season will be filmed in Spain. Even though we are just in the middle of Season 4, speculations are already being made about what the series will focus on in the future.

To that end, the leaked character list tells us that fans will meet the Sand Snakes (Oberyn's daughters) and more intriguing members of the Martell fans. Fret ye not, Pedro Pascal fans, it looks as though he just might be safe in this week's upcoming battle royale. But then again, it's Game of Thrones, no one is ever really safe. Take a look at the leaked character list from Winter Is Coming:

Prince Doran Martell – Doran is described as the major new player this year, appearing in multiple episodes. The fiftysomething 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.