There are still three episodes left of “Game of Thrones” Season 4, but already big plans are underway for Season 5. Hot off the news that the series is scouting locations in Spain for the upcoming season, an alleged list of characters who will be cast was released.
HBO declined to comment on the list, which was posted by Winter Is Coming. But the castings would certainly make sense based on the Spain location news and the pace at which “Game of Thrones” is adapting its “A Song of Ice and Fire” source material.
If this news is true, the biggest bunch of new faces in Season 5 will be based in Dorne, which is likely what Spain will double for. Introduced there will be Prince Doran Martell (the brother of Oberyn Martell who was supposed to attend Joffrey’s wedding but was too sick with gout), his son Prince Trystane Martell (the fiance of Myrcella), Doran’s personal body guard Areo Hotah, and some of Oberyn’s bastard daughters, the Sand Snakes: Obara Sand, Nymeria Sand and Tyene Sand.
Meanwhile in King’s Landing, the Faith seems like it will have a big presence in Season 5. The casting list includes the High Sparrow and Septa Unella. Also, Lollys Stokeworth (the wife of Bronn) will apparently be cast.
The most exciting news of the bunch, though, is that Maggy the Frog is one of the names listed. She plays a key role in Cersei’s storyline, and it makes sense that the scene featuring her would be shown. But that scene would have to be a flashback, making Season 5 the first “Game of Thrones” season to feature a scene looking back in time.
Two other characters are on the list as well: Yezzan, a “sleazy Meereenese slave owner,” and The Waif, a character Arya meets on her Season 5 journey who will be played by an actress of East Asian descent in her later teens.
Again, none of these castings have been confirmed by HBO. Bryan Cogman, a writer and producer on “Game of Thrones,” took to Twitter to say, “Folks. I can’t talk about Season Five. Think ’bout it.” Still, all this casting news makes sense … and is very exciting.
There are still some more names that could pop up on this list. Fingers crossed that Lord Wyman Manderly and more of the Iron Born also will be introduced in Season 5. “Game of Thrones” Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.