New footage from the Season 5 set of "Game of Thrones" provides a first glimpse at the newest cast members, and also a reveal about Jaime Lannister's storyline that qualifies as a big spoiler.
Warning: Spoilers from the books and Season 5 of "GoT."
In new on-set footage released by El Correo de Andalucía, a Spanish publication, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) appears in an unexpected Seven Kingdoms locale: Dorne. Jaime is dressed in a golden Dornish full skirt and is clearly in Prince Oberyn's home region with the deceased Prince's family and loved ones.
The footage reveals some of the new cast, including Doran Martell (he's Oberyn's older brother and the head of House Martell), played by Alexander Siddig, and Areo Hotah (captain of Doran's bodyguards), played by DeObia Oparei. And if you look really closely at the 18-second mark, you'll potentially see two other characters: Trystane Martell, played by Toby Sebastian, and the recast Princess Myrcella Baratheon, played by Nell Tiger Free. Vanity Fair speculates that another girl in the footage (at 11 seconds) is one of the Sand Snakes, Nymeria Sand, played by Jessica Henwick.
Along with the new set photos shared by CANAL+ España and Winter Is Coming, the footage raises the question of what the heck Jaime is doing in Dorne. According to the fourth book of George R.R. Martin's series, "A Feast for Crows," Jaime goes nowhere near Dorne, but instead travels to Harrenhal, and runs into his cousin, Lancel Lannister (you know, the blonde one who's been sleeping with Cersei), on the journey. This sparks an important turn of events that cause Jaime to turn against Cersei and burn her letter asking for his return. Now that Season 5 doesn't appear to be going in that direction, it's unknown how or if the show will even touch on these plot points.
Winter Is Coming first speculated Jaime's plot change back in June when a leaked casting call revealed that Obara Sand (one of Oberyn's daughters, who will be played by Keisha Castle-Hughes) will cross swords with a significant character. Could it be Jaime? Will he fight one of the Sand Snakes with his left hand? Regardless, this scene is certainly part of a major episode, since the film slate at the beginning of the clip reveals that it's Episode 9 of the fifth season -- and we know epic events happen in the penultimate episodes of "GoT." Winter Is Coming has also confirmed that the episode will be helmed by David Nutter, who of course directed the Red Wedding in "The Rains of Castamere."
Still, much of this is mere speculation since we have no idea what Dan Weiss and David Benioff plan to do for Season 5. Other upcoming deviations from the books include the series' very first flashback scene (the creators previously made a rule against this), the absence of Bran and Hodor in Season 5, and the casting of "Lost" alum Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as a new character not from the books. Forget winter, changes are coming.
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