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Season 5 Casting, News and Speculation V 8 [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 7 of this thread was closed (probably for going horribly off-topic), here's version 8. Please stay on topic and be nice to each other, okay? If this thread gets closed for nit-picky infighting again, I am not opening another one and you can all write up your summaries yourself.

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 the Plaza 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 the OP. 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: 2015/02/09, 8:40 pm Eastern, updates are marked with an asterisk*]

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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: 2015-01-29; HQ link: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153118978113933&pnref=story

First Episode: 2015-04-12 (announced on 2015-01-08)

Producers:
David Benioff
D. B. Weiss

Directors:
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

Writers:
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. GoT is now in post-production.

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

Edward Dogliani as Rattleshirt (Note: We saw Rattleshirt in the trailer. At this point, there is no reason to assume that he will be portrayed by a different actor.)

Ian Gelder as Kevan Lannister (according to a reliable source, will be in ep. 5.10 at least; was also rumored to have been seen in Dubrovnik during the beginning of the Walk)

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 Tyrion and Jorah 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 (according to IMDB, as a Mallister supporter)
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
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 (Bolton soldier at Winterfell, shooting scenes for ep. 5.10)

Simpson (Bolton soldier at Winterfell, same episode as Gordy, 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 (Braavosi girl in green from the trailer, 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. 5.05 or 5.06)
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 (terminally ill child referenced in a casting breakdown, daughter of Joss)
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 (Melara, ep. 5.01)
David Garlick as Despondent Man (ep. 5.03 or 5.04)

Jodhi May as Maggy the Frog

Zahary Baharov as Loboda (ep. 5.08, powerful leader of a cannibalistic Wilding tribe, who will have a long scene with leading cast members, where a battle plan is discussed)

Ian Lloyd Anderson as playing Derek (referred to as a bully, will have a couple of scenes in one episode)

Jonathan Byrne as Brant (same as Derek)

Fiach Kunz as Lannister guard (ep. 5.09)

* Fausto Labraña as Dothraki Warrior (in ep. 5.09 or 5.10)

* Marc Redmond as Jon Snow Stunt Double (according to IMDB, ep. 5.04)

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

Lollys Stokeworth
The Waif
Varamyr Sixskins
Imogen (suspected to be Young Cersei, aka Nell Williams, s. a.)
A brunette girl (suspected to be Melara Hetherspoon, aka Isabella Steinbarth)
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):
WARNING: HERE THERE BE BOOK SPOILERS!

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

* - Meereen: Dany will have a meeting with Barristan, Missandei, Daario and Grey Worm. Since this will be her first scene for season 5, it is most likely in 5.01.

5.01:
- 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; Cersei and Melara walking through the woods + Cersei cutting her finger to reveal blood
- Essos: Meereen will feature, inluding a noble woman and a peddler and his wife

5.02:
no information available

5.03 and 5.04: Mark Mylod

Episode number not known:

* - King's Landing: High Septon appearance, most likely ep. 5.03, since there will also be a conversation between Cersei and the High Sparrow, who only appears after the High Septon.
- 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)

5.03:
- Essos: Tyrion and Varys will interact with a brothel guard in Volantis

5.04:

- The Wall and beyond: Jon Snow will most likely have a fight scene (stunt double credited)
- 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

5.05:
no information available

5.06:
no information available

~Memorial Day Break~

5.07 and 5.08: Miguel Sapochnik

5.07:
- Essos: Meereen will feature, including a gladiator

5.08:
* - The Wall and beyond: Wildlings, Wildling elder and Wights credited; big fight at Hardhome (we know that Loboda appears in this fight and his actor was credited for this episode). The name "Hardhome" for the Wildling fisher village has been officially confirmed as of 2015-02-08.

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)

5.09
- 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
- Dorne: Jaime is still in Dorne in a scene with Doran, Ellaria, Trystane, Myrcella and and the Sand Snakes.

5.10: David Nutter

- King's Landing: reliable sources report that Kevan Lannister will feature in this episode

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

- The Wall and beyond:

-- Jon will have a scene with Stannis and Davos in which he is holding a letter. This could be Stannis' offer from the book, before the election.

-- There will be a pyre in the yard of Castle Black.

-- Melisandre takes off her clothes (again)

* -- A boat approaches Hardhome. Later, some of the villagers walk into the water.

-- Jon and some Wildlings go to Hardhome. They get in a fight with the Wildlings inside.

-- Someone from the water grabs a person in a boat.

- King's Landing:

-- The funeral procession for Tywin Lannister will indeed be Tywin's only appearance this season.

-- Margaery and Tommen will marry in the sept

*-- Cersei will have a conversation with the High Sparrow in a rundown area of KL.
-- The Faith Militant will cause several disturbances in King's Landing, including a skirmish with Loras Tyrell and breaking open barrels (supporting rumors of a skirmish at an inn)

-- Diana Rigg stated in an interview one of her scenes is set in a trashed brothel.

- Braavos:

-- Arya will arrive in Bravos, knock on the doors of the House of Black and White and will assume her fish seller girl persona. There is a scene where she looks contemplatively at Needle.
-- A series of tweets by the actors hints that Lhara, Meryn Trant and Arya might be interacting next season

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

- Dorne

-- Jaime and Bronn will get into a skirmish with Dornish guards at a beach and they will get into a fight 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. The scene with the scorpion also involves Nymeria whipping a barrel to reveal someone buried up to his head in sand, with scorpions around him. Ellaria, Tyene and Obara watch on.

-- Ellaria will at some point be confronted by people with spears and will have a confrontation with Areo Hotah.

- Meereen:

-- Missandei will kiss a potentially wounded/dead Grey Worm.

-- Jorah will be fighting inside a fighting pit.

-- Masked people (potentially Sons of the Harpy) will appear marching through the streets and will later confront Dany, Missandei, Jorah, Daario and the Unsullied in Daznak's pit.

-- Rhaegal breaths fire at someone.

-- The statue of the Harpy will be torn down from the pyramid.

- Essos (other than Meereen and Braavos):

-- Tyrion will be having a conversation with Varys in which Varys will explain to him that he should help Dany take the Iron Throne.
-- 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.

- The Vale:

-- Littlefinger and Sansa will be travelling through the Vale. Littlefinger will tell her to take revenge. At some point, Sansa will be in a bathtub, looking troubled.

- somewhere in Westeros:

-- Brienne and Pod will be riding by an inn (which looks a lot like the Inn at the Crossroads).

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

- The trailer seems to confirm or at least give more credence to both the reddit poster's spoilers mentioned above and the script that was supposedly leaked on Facebook back in August of 2014. The following link contains major spoilers. Proceed at your own risk:

https://www.facebook.com/Stannisswagatheon/posts/814624378577731

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. Please note that the supposed casting link on IMDB is FAKE and will be removed soon.

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. Also, one of the producers mentioned "Ellario's" in the recently released "A Day in the Life" featurette. This most likely refers to Illyrio's manse.

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.

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Sources:
gameofthrones.wikia.com
watchersonthewall.com
www.makinggameofthrones.com
about 1000 pages of speculation on this forum (yes, I read EVERY post in the threads I visit)

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