HBO has used the International Comic-Con event in years past to announce new additions to the massive cast of its hit fantasy/drama Game of Thrones. This year, following a fourth season of the series that saw more than a handful of Westeros' residents bite the dust, the network revealed no less than nine people who shall join the program's ensemble for season 5 (which will hit the airwaves sometime in 2015), during the show's SDCC 2014 panel.
Certain of the key players in the story proceedings that transpired during Game of Thrones' fourth season are no longer alive in the show's universe (we shall avoid naming names - you know who they are), but they actors who brought them to life onscreen were, in fact, present at the series' 2014 'Con panel to help and announce the new cast additions - a fitting way for them to pass the torch, so to speak.
You can a video featuring all of the new cast members announced at SDCC 2014 for Game of Thrones season 5 above. Below, we also have a new cast member countdown, which includes basic details about their characters on the show.
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. (NOTE: Free is replacing Aimee Richardson in this role for season 5.)
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 late Prince 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.
Lastly, a blooper reel for Game of Thrones season 4 was shown to the Hall H crowd during the show's SDCC 2014 panel. You can now watch it online, below.
Game of Thrones season 5 begins airing on HBO in 2015.