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Comic-Con 2014: Game of Thrones makes massive casting announcement

At San Diego Comic-Con today, HBO announced the hiring of nine new cast members for the upcoming Game of Thrones Season 5. This, of course, can only mean one thing: Fans have nine new people to grow attached to and then see murdered in horrific ways. Thanks a lot, George R.R. Martin.

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Not all the new cast members are playing new characters, though. Among the new additions is Nell Tiger Free, who is poised to take over as the role of Myrcella Baratheon. Myrcella is Cersei’s oldest daughter and was last seen as a younger girl bound for Dorn. When Season 5 picks up, we’ll explore the new land of Dorn and find that Myrcella’s engagement is on thin ice now that her fiancé’s uncle, Oberyn Martell, is dead.

Another name on the list is Enzo Cilenti, set to play Yezzan, and it sounds like we might be dealing with another villain. Yezzan was a prosperous slave trader prior to Dani’s attempt to outlaw slavery. Now that Khaleesi has put a huge damper on his source of income, Yezzan is no doubt looking for revenge.

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Seven other names made the cast list. This season we’ll also meet Areo Hotah (DeObia Oparei), Trystane Martell (Toby Sebastian), Tyene Sand (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers), the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce), Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig), Obara Sand (Keisha Castle-Hughes) and Nymeria Sand (Jessica Henwick).

We’re still nine months out from the April 2015 premiere date for Game of Thrones Season 5, but we can’t wait to see more of Dorn and more of where George R.R. Martin takes all of our favorite crazy families.

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