With filming begins for Season 4 of Game of Thrones very soon, the casting announcements just keep rolling out. Especially for all these new Dornish characters we’ll be meeting. Book readers, you know what I’m talking about, and now it’s time for TV viewers to experience the mixture of excitement and frustration we felt over so many new faces.

Mark Gatiss has been cast in an as-of-yet unknown role (though, I’m thinking it’s Doran Martel), Pedro Pascal has already been cast as The Red Viper, and today we learn Indira Varman (Luther, Rome, Torchwood) has scored the role of the Viper’s “sexually adventurous paramour,” Ellaria Sand. Oooh. Kinky. (Note: Sand, like Snow or Rivers, is the bastards surname of Dorne.)

Not only is Ellaria a fascinating character, but she along with the “Sand Snakes” – the Viper’s many bastard daughters who are totally kick-ass and awesome! – will introduce viewers to the feisty women of Dorne. See, down south in Dorne, women are recognized as (almost) equals, unlike the rest of Westoros where the women are constantly fighting injustice. Not that Game of Thrones is lacking in strong, independent women, but let’s just say Arya, Yara, and Brienne would be far more welcomed and respected were they Dornish.

Entertainment Weekly, which broke the casting news, also spoke with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and they seem confidant Season 4 will surpass Season 3 in its epic-ness,

We got more action, which is obviously more time consuming. It’s a brutal shooting season ahead. But if we can make it through, yeah, I think it’s going to surpass season three. The last 3 episodes, there’s so many scenes we’ve been waiting for so long to do. And it just gets more and more fun to write for these characters. After three years of doing it, we have that much more comfort to make everything uncomfortable for them. We’re very excited for it.

Me too! It just stinks we’ve got to wait another eight to nine months before we can see it. Season 4’s cast is really shaping up nicely, and while I’m sad for those we’ve lost, I couldn’t be more pumped for some of these new characters coming our way, are you?

Source: The Mary Sue


Word is out that the producers of George R.R. Martin and HBO‘s hit series Game of Thrones has cast an important role that is pivotal in the storyline of the upcoming season four: the Red Viper of Dorne. Pedro Pascal (Graceland, Red Widow) has been brought in to play the Dornish prince Oberyn Martell.

This marks the first introduction of a Dornish character to the series and those that have read the book can attest to Dorne becoming a major player in the struggle for the Iron Throne.

Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss said:

“This was a tough one. The Red Viper is sexy and charming, yet believably dangerous; intensely likable, yet driven by hate. The boys love him, the girls love him, and he loves them all back. Unless your last name is Lannister. We found a fellow who can handle the job description and make it seem effortless. He wasn’t easy to find and he won’t be easy to stop.”

Add another spoon to stir up trouble in Westerous, the Red Viper of Dorne is sure to make things happen and get characters out of their comfort zone when season four begins next year.

Via: Blastr