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Season 5 Casting, News and Speculation V 7 [show spoilers, book spoilers past OP]


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Hello everybody and welcome to a book-spoiler-free summary of what we know of season 5 so far!

Since version 6 of this thread now has more than 200 pages, I thought it would be appropriate to start a new one.

Please note that I will not be including speculations in this post, except for the FQA section and no brainers (e. g. nobody has confirmed that Sevilla's Plaza de Toros will be Daznak's pit,but we do know that Dany is there and that there is nothing else in her story that thePlaza could represent).

WARNING ABOUT SPOILERS: While this first post will remain book-spoiler free as much as possible, it will include spoilers from season 1 to 4. Also, I cannot vouch for what follows after it. Use caution! For my fellow shookers and book walkers: Please be so kind and hide particularly spoilery content from book 4 onwards under appropriate spoiler tags. Thank you.

I will also update this post as we go along to include new castings and locations.
So grab your drinks and relax - this is going to be a long trip!

[Last Update: 2015/01/14, 08:00 pm Eastern, updates are marked with an asterisk*]


First Teaser: 2014-11-25, showing a recap of Arya's arc in season 4 and the doors to the House of Black and White
First Trailer: TBA
First Episode: 2015-04-12 (announced on 2015-01-08)

David Benioff
D. B. Weiss

Michael Slovis: episodes 1 and 2
Mark Mylod: episodes 3 and 4
Jeremy Podeswa: episodes 5 and 6
Miguel Sapochnik: episodes 7 and 8
David Nutter: episodes 9 and 10

David Benioff & D.B. Weiss: 7 episodes
Bryan Cogman: 2 episodes (just finished shooting today, so his episodes are most likely done)
Dave Hill: 1 episode
[Note: GRRM has announced that he is not writing anything for season 5 to concentrate on TWOW.]

Shooting is currently taking place in/with:
- as of Dec. 12th 2014, both units (dragon and wolf) have finished shooting. From now on, post-production begins.

Confirmed shooting locations:

Croatia (done):
- Dubrovnik/Lokrum and Villa Sheherezade (King's Landing & Essos and Pentos, respectively)
- Split (Kastel Gomilica, Vila Dalmacija, Diocletian's Palace & Klis Fortress - Bravos, Dorne and Meereen respectively)
- Žrnovnica
- Imotski
- Šibenik (Bravos)

Spain (done):
- Sevilla: Alcázar of Seville (Watergardens)
- Osuna: Plaza de Toros and Las Canters (Daznak's Pit and Dorne, respectively)
- Córdoba: Roman Bridge (Volantis)

Northern Ireland (in full progress):
- Toome (including Jorah and Tyrion, rumored to be the Sorrows)
- Mournes
- Magilligan
- Binevanagh Mountain
- Magheramorne Quarry (the Wall & Castle Black and wildling huts)
- Portstewart (including Jaime, Bronn and Dornish guards)
- Moneyglass (confirmed to be Winterfell)
- Sallagh Braes (Brienne and Pod, Knights of the Vale)
- Shane's Castle
- Banbridge (possibly Linen Mill Studios)
- Lough Shore Park in Antrim (Tyrion and Jorah spotted)
- Murlough Bay in Antrim (covered by Dave Hill on his blog, so most likely part of his episode)
- Leitrim Lodge
- Cushendall (including a set with a forge)
- multiple locations for landscape shots
- filming studios for indoor scenes (confirmed: Titanic Quarter Paint Hall, now including an unidentified castle wall set)
- Sallagh Braes (Brienne and Pod, Knights of the Vale)
- Shane's Castle
- Thome River (rumored to be the Sorrows)
- Banbridge (possibly Linen Mill Studios)
- Gosford Castle (previously used for multiple castles, including Riverrun)
- Quintin's Castle
- Carrickfergus

- Walled Garden at Bangor Castle, located close to the Leisure Centre Complex
- multiple locations for landscape shots
- filming studios for indoor scenes

Returning actors (confirmed total 59):

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey as Queen Regent Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke as Queen Daenerys Targaryen
Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Aidan Gillen as Lord Petyr Baelish
Natalie Dormer as Lady Margaery Tyrell
Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth
Stephen Dillane as King Stannis Baratheon
Carice van Houten as Lady Melisandre
Alfie Allen as Reek
Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark (most likely not; see FQA for detailed info)
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane
Hannah Murray as Gilly
Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth
Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton
Conleth Hill as Varys
Jerome Flynn as Bronn
Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei
Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis
Tom Wlaschiha as TBA
Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont
Charles Dance as Lord Tywin Lannister's corpse
Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell
Ciaran Hinds as Mance Rayder
Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand
Eugene Simon as Lancel Lannister
Michael McElhatton as Lord Roose Bolton
Ian McElhinney as Ser Barristan Selmy
Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Lord Mace Tyrell
Anton Lesser as Qyburn
Julian Glover as Grand Maester Pycelle
Owen Teale as Ser Alliser Thorne
Mark Gatiss as Tycho Nestoris
Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne
Dean-Charles Chapman as King Tommen Baratheon
Ian Beattie as Ser Meryn Trant
Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm
Joel Fry as Hizdahr zo Loraq
Finn Jones as Ser Loras Tyrell
Kerry Ingram as Princess Shireen Baratheon
Ben Crompton as Eddison Tollett
Paul Bentley as the High Septon (episodes 1/2 and 3/4)
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson as Ser Gregor Clegane
Octavia Alexandru as Leaf
Gary Oliver as Ternesio Terys
Elisabeth Webster as Lady Walda Bolton (definitely in ep. 5.01, possibly in more)
Brian Fortune as Othell Yarwyck
Charlotte Hope as Myranda (will appear in four episodes directed by Mylod, Podeswa and Nutter)
Will Tudor as Olyvar
Brenock O'Connor as Olly
Sarine Sofair as Lhara
Gary Oliver as Ternesio Terys (captain from 4.10)
Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy (will only shoot scenes in Northern Ireland)
Reece Noi as Keyr (the Meereenese slave from season 4 who supported Grey Worm and voted for rebellion)

Lino Facioli as Robin Arryn

New major cast (total 13):

Alexander Siddig as Prince Doran Martell.
Toby Sebastian as Prince Trystane Martell.
Nell Tiger Free as Princess Myrcella Baratheon.
DeObia Oparei as Areo Hotah.
Enzo Cilenti as Yezzan zo Qaggaz.
Jessica Henwick as Nymeria Sand.
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand.
Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand.
Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow.
J.J. Murphy as Ser Denys Mallister.
Michael Condron as Bowen Marsh (three episodes, directed by Mylod, Slovis and Podeswa)
Hannah Waddingham as Septa Unella.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Malko, a Meereenese slave seller who

sells Jorah and Tyrion to Yezzan

New minor or - as of yet - unknown cast (total 53):

J. J. Muprhy as Denys Mallister (actor unfortunately deceased after he finished shooting)
Gary Pillai as a merchant captain (in episode 3 and/or 4)
Matt McArdle as TBA.
Derek Lord as a military officer.
Alan McKee as TBA.
Tom Fava as a street tough (in episode 1 and/or two)
Gianpiero Cognoli as Master Eaton (potentially the 'middle-aged master' mentioned in the casting calls, in ep. 5 and/or 6)
Emma Maguire as a Winterfell worker.
Mishael Lopes Cardozo as a brothel guard (will interact with Tyrion and Varys in episode 3)
Meena Rayann as a Meereenese noblewoman (ep. directed by Slovis and Podeswa, i. e. ep. 1/2 and 5/6)
Slavko Sobin as a Meereenese fighter.
Gwyneth Keyworth as Clea (will have a 3-page scene with Tyrion)
Paddy Wallace as a Lead Kingsguard
Peter Silverleaf as Elboneno (possibly the 'fatter, privileged master' mentioned in the casting calls)
Stella McCusker as TBA (in episode 3 and/or 4)
Allon Sylvain as a foreign merchant (in episode 3 and/or 4)
Bobby Asghar as Catacomb Master #1.
Annika Hilbrink as a Wight (sword fighting zombie)
Luc Burns as TBA
Nicholas Boulton as Fighting Pit Announcer
Yare Michael Jegbefume as Slaver
Zoe Smedberg as Wildling Female
Lacy Moore as TBA
Nigel O'Neill as TBA
Maggie Hayes as TBA.
James McKenzie Robinson as Joss (father of a terminally ill child, who is rumored to come to the House of Black and White)
Lacy Moore as Madam Braavos in a David Nutter episode (509 or 510)
Winston Davis as the other Street Tough
Tristan McConnell as Gordy (shooting scenes for ep. 5.10)
Barrie Martin as Wildling/White (meaning wight, in ep. 5.08)
Grace Hendy as Merry Frey (unconfirmed if this refers to her appearance in 3.09 or to season 5).
Nigel O'Neill as Baratheon General

Jamie Darlington as TBA (ep. 5.09)

Genita Samarra as Brea (ep. 5.09, shot scenes on Nov. 18th and 19th, same time as Sarine Sofair)

Irma Mali as TBA (shot her scenes together with Genita Samarra)

Ollie Kram as TBA (shot her scenes together with Genita Samarra and was a last minute cast on Nov. 16th)

Tim Loane as TBA

Christian Vit as Lead Dornish Guard (ep. 5.04)

Jake Abraham as Meereenese Peddler (ep. 5.01)

Markham Pickering as Night's Watchman

[Mary Jordan as TBA (ep. 5.10) - please keep in mind that this has not been officially verified]

Simon Millar as a Wildling (ep. 508)

Murray McArthur as "Wildling Elder" (ep. 508)

Nell Williams as Young Cersei

Hattie Gotobed as Ghita

Oengus Mac Namara as TBA (filmed an episode with Allon Sylvain)

Jack Hickey as Young Bravo (ep. 5.09 or 5.10)
Garry Mountaine as Brusco Bouncer
Aifric O'Donnell as TBA (shot for two days)

Roman Beguns as Gladiator (ep. 4.07)

Fisun Burgess as Peddler's Wife (ep. 5.05 or 5.06)

Isabella Steinbarth (ep. 5.01)

David Garlick as Despondent Man (ep. 5.03 or 5.04)

Characters they are supposedly looking to cast, but who have not been confirmed cast yet:

Maggy the Frog
Lollys Stokeworth
The Waif
Varamyr Sixskins
Imogen (suspected to be Young Cersei, possibly Nell Williams, s. a.)
A brunette girl (suspected to be Melara Hetherspoon, possibly Aifric O'Donnell)
A "Son" (a captured vigilante in Meereen)
A Dornish horse rider
An old woman who befriends Brienne
Stalwart Shield
A Meereenese prostitute
A bearded blacksmith
A man with shrewd financial cunning and a long thin face
A Volantene sellsword
A middle-aged master (potentially: Gianpiero Cognoli)
A fatter, privileged master (potentially: Peter Silverleaf)
Luther (big-bellied head slaver with a penchant for cruelty)

Episode overviews (deduced from casting information and leaks):


5.01 and 5.02: Michael Slovis

Episode number not known:
- The Wall and beyond: Bowen Marsh will feature
* - King's Landing: Tywin's Funeral; High Septon appearance
- Essos: Arya will reach Braavos; the two Braavosi street toughs will feature

- The Wall and beyond: Leaf will feature (according to actress' CV)
- The North: the Boltons, including Fat Walda will feature
- King's Landing: Maggie the Frog prophecy - cold open
- Essos: Meereen will feature, inluding a noble woman and a peddler

no information available

5.03 and 5.04: Mark Mylod

Episode number not known:

* - King's Landing: High Septon appearance
- The North: the Boltons, including Myranda, will feature
- Essos: a Despondent Man will ask for the gift at the House of Black and White.
- unknown: there will be a scene with a corpse in a room (potentially HoBaW or Qyburn's cells)

- Essos: Tyrion and Varys will interact with a brothel guard in Volantis

- Dorne: Jaime and Bronn will arrive and encounter Dornish guards

- Essos: Dany will sentence a slave to death before a mixed audience of masters and slaves. Daario will carry out the order and the masters and slaves will get into a fight. Dany will be escorted away by her Unsullied.

5.05 and 5.06: Jeremy Podeswa

Episode number not known:
- The Wall and beyond: The Wall will feature, including Bowen Marsh
- The North: the Boltons will feature, including Myranda
- Essos: Meereen will feature, including two Masters and the noble woman from episode 5.01/5.02 and the wife of the Peddler from 5.01/5.02

no information available

no information available

~Memorial Day Break~

5.07 and 5.08: Miguel Sapochnik

- Essos: Meereen will feature, including a gladiator

- The Wall and beyond: Wildlings, Wildling elder and Wights credited (potentially Hardhome)

5.09 and 5.10: David Nutter

Episode number not known:
- The North: the Boltons will feature, including Myranda
- King's Landing: the Walk
- Braavos: Mace Tyrell and Meryn Trant meet with Tycho and will be spotted by Arya, there will be a scene in a brothel (most likely in 5.09 since Sofair was only credited for that episode)

- Meereen: Daznak's pit - Jorah is fighting in the pit and Tyrion is sitting amongst the nobles; later Dany, Tyrion, Missandei and Daario run down to the pit; people are burned
- Jaime is still in Dorne in a scene with Doran, Ellaria, Trystane, Myrcella and and the Sand Snakes.

5.10: David Nutter
no information available

Other story events deduced from interviews and leaked set photos (WARNING! HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!):

- The funeral procession for Tywin Lannister will indeed be Tywin's only appearance this season.
- The Faith Militant will cause several disturbances in King's Landing, including a skirmish with Loras Tyrell.
- Arya will arrive in Bravos and will assume her fish seller girl persona.
- A series of tweets by the actors hints that Lhara, Meryn Trant and Arya might be interacting next season.
- Jaime and Bronn will get into a skirmish with the Sand Snakes.
- According to Making Game of Thrones there will be at least one scene involving a scorpion and a scene of a dragon burning carcasses in a grassy area.

- Mark Gatiss (Tycho Nestoris) confirmed that he won't be appearing at the Wall this season.

- Jorah will be sold to the slaver Yezzan by Malko. Tyrion, in an attempt to stay with Jorah, will amuse the crowd until Yezzan buys him as well.

Other potentially spoilery information:

- The Hollywood Reporter has announced that all actors' contracts have been renegotiated for pay raises and potential season 7 appearances. That does not mean however, that everyone will live to see season 7. The top-ranked actors are said to be Harington (Jon), Dinklage (Tyrion), Headey (Cersei), Clarke (Daenerys) and Coster-Waldau (Lannister), followed by 'mid-carder' Dormer (Margaery), Turner (Sansa) and Williams (Arya). This most likely means that these characters will get the bulk of season 5-7 material. No word on season 8.
- Supposedly, there is a big fight scene that was moved from Iceland to Northern Ireland. No confirmation yet on which factions are involved or whether it has been filmed yet.

- UNCONFIRMED: A user on reddit who very accurately and in detail predicted the scenes with the Night's Watch mutineers at Craster's Keep last year has posted that next season will include a scene in which White Walkers walk off a cliff only to be resurrected by the Night's King. This could potentially be Hardhome. However, there has been no official confirmation of any of this happening from people tied to the production of GoT, so take it with a grain of salt, please.

- Sophie Turner has stated in an interview that she filmed a traumatic scene that made everyone on set feel really uncomfortable, potentially hinting at the inclusion of Sansa's controversial TWOW chapter in season 5. Please take this with a grain of salt, as Sophie is not the most reliable narrator.

- according to Kit Harrington, he filmed a partial scene which took a month to shoot

* - Episodes 4.09 and 4.10 will air together in select IMAX theaters across the US, followed by an exclusive trailer, starting on January 29th. This could potentially be the first real trailer to be released this year.

- new shots from the Sight teasers:

-- Arya and the Braavosi captain in a row boat in front of a stony cities - almost definitely Braavos

-- Cersei, peering out from behind a ornate grate

-- Jon looking up at someone with another black brother sitting in the background

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Is the extended Greyjoy family in?
A: We don't know for sure. However, Entertainment Weekly, which usually gives reliable news, has announced that the Greyjoy storyline from book 4 and 5 will not feature as such.

Q: Are the Griffs in?
A: We don't know yet.

Q: Are the Manderly's in?
A: We don't know yet.

Q: Are Arianne and Quentyn in?
A: They have not been cast yet and since casting for Dorne seems to be finished otherwise, most likely not.

Q: Is Lady Stoneheart in?
A: As of yet, there is no hard evidence that she will be.

Q: Will Bran & Co. be in?
A: David Benioff has confirmed that Bran & Co. will not be in season 5. This clashes with information from the CV of Leaf's actress, which states that she will be in episode 5.01. It is possible that scenes were shot in season 4 that have been moved to 5.01, but it is now official that no new material was shot for Bran.
Source: http://insidetv.ew.c...-bran-season-5/

Q: Will The Three-Eyed Raven be in?
A: Struan Rodgers has not been confirmed as returning, but Leaf has. For more information, please see "Will Bran & Co. be in?" above.

Q: Will Illyrio be in?
A: Roger Allam has not been confirmed as returning yet, but there have been boxes reading "Illyrio's manse" in front of Villa Sherezade.

Q: Will Rickon and Osha be in?
A: No reliable information yet.

Q: Will there be spoilers from TWoW?
A: Most likely, as some characters have already gone through all their published material. Liam Cunningham (Davos) recently confirmed in an interview that some characters (possibly Davos and his surrounding characters Stannis, Melisandre and Co.) will be surpassing their book material.

about 1000 pages of speculation on this forum (yes, I read EVERY post in the threads I visit)

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Thank you very much again! :cheers:

And straight into the topic with the typos - this is version 7 of course *headdesk*

Does anybody know if it is possible to change a thread's title after it's been posted?

According to this explanation: http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/116566-how-do-you-edit-the-title-of-a-thread/, Opening post -> Edit -> Use Full Editor

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Thank you very much again! :cheers:

According to this explanation: http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/116566-how-do-you-edit-the-title-of-a-thread/, Opening post -> Edit -> Use Full Editor

Aw, thanks so much! That worked like a charm :)


As always, I will update the OP regularly. So no worries - as soon as there's news, it will show up there.

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Of the major story threads this season, Sansa's is obviously the one we know the least about, between the lack of any source material to go on and there being little in the way of filming spoilers; but, by comparison, what do people think is the story thread we know the most about? Filming for KL and Dorne, and to a lesser extent Meereen and Braavos, were splashed all over the place, and we have source material for all of those but Dorne that is likely to be followed fairly closely.

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We know we saw Ternesio Terys and Arya , Gary Olive and Maisie Williams at the 'docks' of THoBaW , but there was another character there, seemed to be a FM.

This may or probably was not Tom Wlaschiha , had a mask , apparently a speaking part? Maybe....

Should he be listed as The 'Masked' Faceless Man?

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Anything new regarding the Sight teasers?

I haven't gotten anything yet but they just announced it last week so I'm not surprised. Apparently if you signed up via text it sent a reply that says to expect 4 messages a month so we should probably get something this week.

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With regards to Cotter Pyke in the V6 thread ending, it's a pretty fair assumption if Denys is coming over from Shadow Tower that Cotter will also be traveling from Eastwatch. They need more than a couple of candidates. Jon beating out Cotter Pyke makes his election sweeter, plus, someone has to lead the Hardhome fleet (provided its still in). And with the actor playing Denys unfortunately passing before his role was complete, they'll need others to pick up the slack a bit. Cotter is a good place to drive that home, hard.

Plus, how can they not do "Dead things in the water?"

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