HBO’s blockbuster Game Of Thrones made its annual pilgrimage to Comic-Con‘s massive Hall H today, unveiling among other things a whooping 9 new cast members for the upcoming Season 5 including a geekfest double-shot: Keisha Castle-Hughes, who co-starred in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith, for the Force’s sake.
The Whale Rider Oscar nominee will play Obara Sand, a fearsome warrior and 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 also has come aboard the fantasy drama playing the High Sparrow, a pious man whose fellow believers have swarmed King’s Landing, ministering to the lowest and decrying the corruption of the highest. Fellow new castmembers include Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell, Toby Sebastian as Trystane Martell, Nell Tiger Free as Myrcella Baratheon, DeObia Oparei as Areo Hotah, Enzo Cilenti as Yezzan, Jessica Henwick as Nymeria (“Nym”) Sand, and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand. Pryce’s appearance on the big screen got a huge roar from the thousands in Hall H as he said he was really excited to join the show.
While Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey weren’t there for the Craig Ferguson-hosted panel, GoT was certainly out in force today for its Comic-Con fans. In one of the largest panels so far this year, the HBO show, which led the Emmy field earlier this month with 19 nominations, brought back author George R.R. Martin and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss plus cast members Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Rory McCann Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Gwendoline Christie, Natalie Dormer, John Bradley, Pedro Pascal, and Rose Leslie.
Before the panel even started, fans were treated to a GoT blooper reel that revealed among other things that even the elegant Charles Dance sometimes fumbles and forgets his lines.
Renewed for a fifth and a sixth season by HBO on April 8, two days after Season 4 debuted to 6.6 million viewers, GoT had a bloody and record breaking Season 4 with an audience average of 18.6 million to make it now the most-watched series in HBO’s history. The show hit a new series high of 7.2 million viewers on May 4 this year.
As they have on past occasions, neither the producers nor cast would spill anything about the upcoming season or the one to follow. The closest Hall H got was Harington reveling he was “about to go back to filming on Monday.” As for future deaths on the show, Martin told the crowd that “the key lesson for the actress is never ask for a raise” to big laughs.