Game of Thrones stirs up a lot of excitement at Comic Con every year, with its original author George RR Martin involved in several panels, and acting as one of the conventions deified presences, along side Joss Whedon, and Robert Kirkman. The show, however, finds itself in a strange place each year in that they do not begin filming their new season until after the conclusion of the convention. This, of course, means no new footage, no trailers, and not much in any way of previewing the coming events of the series.
That being said, Game of Thrones has managed to have a fun panel every year, and this year is no exception. This years panel included Author George RR Martin, series Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weis, as well as cast members Kit Harington (Jon Snow), John Bradley (Samwell Traly), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Massie Williams (Arya Stark), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane), Sophie Turner (Sansa “The Crying Lady”Stark), Natalie Dormer (Margaery “The Child Seducer” Tyrell), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime “The Stub” Lannister), and Pedro Pascal (Oberyn ” The Red Viper” Martell).
The highlights of the panel were in the 2 videos that were screened for the fans.
First, a Blooper Reel for season 4 was shown.
Then later, the real news came with a video featuring much of the major cast additions for season 5.
The newly cast roles are:
Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Sapce Nine, DaVinci’s Demons) as Prince Doran Martell, brother to Oberyn, “The Red Viper”.
Toby Sebastian (The Hollow Crown) as Prince Trystane Martell, son of Doran, and Fiance to Myrcella Baratheon.
Nell Tiger Free (Endeavour) as Myrcella Baratheon (recast), daughter of Cercei and Jaime Lannister, engaged to Trystane Martell.
DeObia Oparei (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Dredd) as Areo Hotah, bodyguard to Prince Doran Martell.
Jessica Henwick (Spirit Warriors) as Nymeria “Nym” Sand, 1 of Oberyn’s bastard daughters known as the sand snakes.
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (The Family) as Tyene Sand, another of Oberyn’s sand snakes.
Keisha Castle Hughes (Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, The Almighty Johnsons) as Obara Sand, the oldest of Oberyn’s sand snakes.
Away from Dorne we have:
Enzo Cilenti (Rome, Guardians of the Glaxy) as Yezzan, a slave owner who will pose problems for Daenerys.
Jonathon Pryce (Brazil, Pirates of the Caribbean) as High Sparrow, the iron willed High Septon of the Faith of the Seven.
Game of Thrones returns next year around spring, no official date has yet been given. Our coverage of Comic Con will continue as more news becomes available.