First Pictures of Doran Martell and Hints at Game of Thrones’ Dornish Plot


As filming continues in Spain, pictures are emerging (here and here) from the Dornish story line. Look closely as there might be some clues as to what will happen in Season 5. At the second link there are some videos but be warned there may be spoilers in them. The videos show just how perfect a choice Seville was–just a gorgeous setting.

Today’s round of images include our first look at Doran Martell in costume and new pictures of Jaime Lannister. Warning: Speculation below contains mild spoilery material.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is in the foreground greeting the Mayor of Sevilla with Alexander Siddig in the back. Both are in costume as Jaime and Doran respectively. Other real-world political figures were present as well including the U.S. Ambassador to Spain and the President of Andalusia (the southern region of Spain). Clearly the Dornish story is veering drastically from the books as the scenes with Jaime and Doran indicate.


Below is a better look at Alexander as Doran also greeting the Mayor.


More with the Mayor.


A nice shot of Benioff and Weiss. Either they’re all tall or the Mayor is short. Note that Jaime is wearing the same kind of outfit and color that Oberyn did last Season.


DeObia Oparei, who will be playing Areo Hotah, is seen here on a break conversing with Indira Varma, who was Ellaria in Season 4. Will she be in a scene with Jaime or were they shooting several scenes that day using the same set?


Nice contemplative shot of Nikolaj from the side, probably preparing to do a scene.


Costume check!


Indira on a break, distracted by something. Her hair is considerably shorter Perhaps she cut it in mourning? We’ll have to see if they address it on the show.


Make-up! Look at the detail in the Mosaics in the background.


Close up shot of Doran’s costume. Those sumptuous silks that Oberyn wore last season are definitely being repeated. The modern flip flops on Doran don’t quite fit, of course. Where’s the gouty foot?


Update:  Commenter Abyss posted some animated gifs from the videos and it does appear that Ellaria will be in a scene with Jaime. Check this image out plus a few more in the links below. (Dame Pasty)

Areo Hotah
Camera 1
Crew 1
Crew 2
Doran And Ellaria And Jaime
Doran Martell
Jaime And Ellaria 1
Jaime And Ellaria 2
Wolf Unit


  1. Also, the scene that is being shot with Ellria, Doran and Jaime also contains Trystane and Myrcella. You can ten in gif : “crew 2” as the camera pans round and on one of the sofas you can see myrcella and trystane.

  2. biobi,

    It’s Bronn and Jamie for sure. 😉

    Just wanted to point out two interesting details from the video clip.

    1. Doran Martell does have his wheelchair click (pointed out by Isabelle)

    2. Toby Sebastian and Nell Tiger Free ( are in the scene as well (I recognised them when made the GIFs, technically they are not GIFs by the way, but who cares 😉 , and Jared confirmed it).

  3. That’s not Osuna. The bullring (Daznak’s Pit) is in Osuna. What’s featured here is the Alcázar de Sevilla. This is Seville.

    Also, those are not extras. That’s pretty clearly Nikolaj and Jeriome, Jaime and Bronn, disguised as Dornish soldiers.

    Also, the article fails to mention that the scene being filmed is for episode 9, which has implications for the Dornish storyline and particularly for Jaime.

  4. The videos show just how perfect a choice Osuna was–just a gorgeous setting.

    Wrong. That’s not Osuna, it’s Sevilla.

  5. Yo where’s Doran’s wheelchair? He looks perfectly comfortable and relaxed on that couch..

    They’re not gonna leave his gout out too, are they?

  6. Renly’s Peach,

    It was already established in Season 4 that Doran has gout and can’t walk. Anyway, he’s wheelchair-bound, but not paraplegic. He can sit in a sofa, I don’t see the problem. Hell, he could even do it himself, maybe.

  7. A lot of this got discussed in a thread earlier today but yeah, those “extras” look like Nikolaj CW and Jerome Flynn. The episode 9 thing I am still processing, I was not guessing Jaime would be in Dorne this long. Since he’s not going to riverrun this is a good place to keep him so he is not in KL for Cersei’s walk. Alexander Siddig’s costume looks amazing! This keeps coming up but, is Ellaria really going to have short hair or is the extension of her hair just missing? Thoughts?

  8. “These extras” I giggled. I really love Ellaria’s costume and hair. She looks great! And I think Doran should keep the flip flops lol

  9. Turncloak,

    Not only a flashback confirmation but the opening scene! This sounds like it would fit with cersei/maggy as a cold open as many on this site have supposed.

  10. Renly’s Peach,

    As Luka Nieto and Jeb mentioned, Doran’s gout was confirmed as being in during the conversation that Oberyn, Tywin, Cersei, and Ellaria had in 4×02. Also, the original leaked casting call that Sue the Fury posted back on the old website indicated that Doran would be using a wheelchair. Actually, if you look at the bottom-right corner of the GIF labelled “Doran Martell”, you can see what appears to be a chair with wheels underneath it parked next to Doran’s couch.

  11. Ok wow so I answer my own question- I looked at the gifs at the end of the post. Clearly Ellaria is doing a scene with Jaime with the short hair. Sorry for that! Looks like Doran, Trystane, Myrcella, Ellaria, Jaime together!

  12. Maybe it’s because of the awesome costumes and set, but I’m actually really warming up to the idea of Jaime and Bronn in Dorne. Despite the dramatic departure and story implications, it seems like a smart move to take characters we already know very well as a way to introduce new ones and maybe have some cool moments along the way. And I’m willing to suspend disbelief in terms of how long it should take characters to travel from here to there. They’ve already done alway with those types of logistics in the past (Jorah’s pardon, Yara’s rescue, etc). No big deal if it helps move the story along. But we’ll just have to see.

  13. Ser Blount Sarkasm,

    In the books, Oberyn traveled to King’s Landing by land in a few weeks. Bronn and Jaime will to Dorne by sea. You don’t need to suspend your disbelief at all: they can depart in episode two and, after an unspecified amount of time, arrive at the Dornish shore in episode three, as we know they will.

    People severely misjudge how fast a ship can be, like when they said that Yara’s trip from Pyke to the Dreafort was impossible. Granted, sailing South from Pyke around Dorne and back North again to the Dreadfort is a pretty big trip, but not unlikely in the available time-frame: Yara started her journey in episode 10 of Season 3; Season 4’s premiere took place a whole month afterwards, and it was said that Joffrey’s wedding would take place in two weeks time. Only by episode 2, that’s a month and a half for Yara to arrive at the Dreafort. If we are being very conservative, we could say she took two months. However, quite a lot of things happened between episodes 2 and 6, more than two weeks can account for, in the case of most plotlines. Yara had plenty of time. Not only it wasn’t unlikely; it wasn’t particularly remarkable.

  14. James,

    One of the extras is most definitely Bronn, and the other does look like Jamie so you are most certainly correct. Makes sense that they would take the clothes of the guards they killed on the beach to disguise themselves, if their aim is to sneak in and steal Myrcella away.
    It is weird however that Jamie is wearing Oberyn like clothes in the first few pics. Maybe he threw away his uniform upon stealing the dead guards’. Great pics

  15. Renly’s Peach,

    Wow. True! It looks good, appropriate for the period, and very Dornish.


    The scenes shown on the photos and the video are from episode 9, so Jaime will probably come to terms with Doran after the initial tensions.

  16. On the show, if you’re on a boat, you can travel as quickly or slowly as the plot requires you to. I don’t think it’s that hard to suspend your disbelief for that.

  17. Just one little thing. For some reason the animation in the clips runs to slow (I think). I don’t no why that is (I set the delay to 50 ms, which should be right for a smooth animation), but you can fix it by clicking on the little plus symbol. – I have to look at my old GIFs to see if I made a mistake or if it’s because I used a new uploader. I’ll try to fix it next time, because it annoys me. 😀 – On the other hand, for some very short shots half speed id fine… We will see. 🙂

  18. looks like they are gonna make Doran`s personality more stronger than the book < and why in hell is jaime wearing dornish custom !! , and good to see Marcylla in dornish colors

    ellirea looks fantastic

  19. King Tommen,

    It doesn’t even require a boat. The King’s host traveled from Winterfell to King’s Landing in less than two episodes. Catelyn traveled from King’s Landing to the Inn at the Crossroads in an episode. Weeks and months can pass from one episode to the next. The books were much the same way. It’s why I never understood the whole jetpack complaints.

  20. Don’t think we need to worry about the travel distance from KL to Dorne when Jorah’s horse ride from Mereen to Pentos isn’t going to take too long and Gendry probably still hasn’t docked his row boat anywhere!

  21. TheTouchOfFrost,

    See my previous post. Who is to say Jorah didn’t board a ship? And just because the show didn’t check in on Gendry, doesn’t mean he’s still floating about.

  22. chuckbuckethead,

    That’s a bit random! Wonder what they’ll do with Brienne? She’s in desperate need of some character development and with the Jaime/LS thing looking in serious jeopardy she’s at a loose end. Hope D&D don’t go off on a flight of fancy with her.

  23. New post in the making game of thrones blog:

    Nothing reveling but this quote:

    Gwen jumps on her horse and cuts a man down in the mud.

    as well as the photo they put (if you look carefully you can see some extras carrying the “Vale soldier” costume (round shield on their backs and light blue cloaks) perhaps she will fight Arryn soldiers. Maybe she was trying to reach LF and Sansa.

    edit: Heh! ninja’d by chuckbuckethead :p

  24. jentario,

    I’m just assuming Volantis is like Laputa now. Could be anywhere!

    Unless….hydraulic legs!

    *tries to post link to Youtube clip but fails*

  25. TheTouchOfFrost,

    Well, that’s true. No fucking idea where Volantis will be in the show, because they basically HAVE to change something for the geography to make sense.

    Have a cookie

  26. LadySnark,

    People were similarly concerned about Oberyn. Still, I agree. I hope they do Doran right. I love how the Sand Snakes mistake his patience for cowardice, and I love how wrong they are.

  27. LadySnark,

    Yay someone got it! Almost enjoyed it as much as when they were talking about a future in which Frankie Boyle was Prime Minister. Jihad Scuba Warriors!

    But yeah. To be honest, I’d take a Jaime/Bronn buddy comedy over most of the things on offer in Dorne. Although it appears to be messing with Jaimes time frame.

  28. Sorry for mentioning this here, but somebody wrote about [ spoiler ] Lady Stoneheart apparently being MIA in season 5… again… [ / spoiler] as one of the reasons for Jamie’s travel to Dorne and it reminded me of the ironies of life: if you want to see her [ spoiler ] you’ll have to tune in to the series Resurrection, where Michelle Fairley is playing a role of somebody’s resurrected mother in season 2. I noticed no apparent wounds or problems for talking, though… [ / spoiler] Could this be a message to D&D or does she have an extraordinary sense of humor?

  29. GhostCR,

    It’s not as though she came up with that role. She was probably offered it and auditioned for it because she’s a working actress who needs a gig. No tea leaves to be found there.

    You did the spoiler code wrong btw, there shouldn’t be any spaces between the brackets, the slash or the word spoiler.

  30. Lady Nym:
    I wish Jaime didnt wear this dornish custom , king`s guard armor wouldbe better

    Where would he get it, though? Not only were they sneaking into Dorne, so wouldn’t wear King’s Guard armor for that, whatever he wore to travel to Dorne got ditched when he and Bronn took the Dornishmen’s clothes.

  31. outdoorcats:
    My goodness, Alexander Siddig is beautiful.

    Yes, he certainly is!!!
    I don’t remember thinking so back in the DS9 days, but these days…wow.

  32. Nymeria Warrior Queen: Where would he get it, though?Not only were they sneaking into Dorne, so wouldn’t wear King’s Guard armor for that, whatever he wore to travel to Dorne got ditched when he and Bronn took the Dornishmen’s clothes.

    you are right sister . but still it looks weird seeing a Lannister in dornish costume << costume ! here you go Luka Nieto (:

  33. Luka Nieto:
    Lady Nym,

    Costume. The word you are looking for is costume, I think.

    Thank you for pointing out such a glaring error. I totally could not understand the context of the post.

  34. Lady Nym: you are right sister . but still it looks weird seeing a Lannister in dornish costume << costume ! here you go Luka Nieto (:

    Agreed. It is a bit strange seeing a Lannister in “Martell-wear,” although he certainly looks good in it. It’s a shame they don’t have cameras in Westeros, can you imagine how much a picture of Jamie dressed like that would piss off Cersei?

  35. Nymeria Warrior Queen: Yes, he certainly is!!!
    I don’t remember thinking so back in the DS9 days, but these days…wow.

    Agreed. Way better looking than Oberyn. Hopefully his accent is better as well.

  36. If Trystane is still in Dorne in episode 9, that pretty much confirms that:

    He won’t be taking Quentyn’s place in Meereen, and that Quentyn’s storyline is most likely completely excised from the TV show. I thought that the Queenmaker plot would happen in episode 5, Trystane would be sent off to Meereen in episode 6 or 7, and get there episode 9 or 10 to get roasted.
  37. I feel like I shouldn’t find Doran Martell that sexy but I can’t help myself!! Costumes and sets look fantastic!

  38. Not surprised that Trystane will not take on the Quentin role. It does not appear to be important to the endgame. Looks like we’re only getting the MOST important bits from here on out so that the show can conclude in 7 seasons. Can’t wait to be Semi-sullied this season! 😉

  39. Doran’s goute is gone, looking at the way he stands in that shot with Elaria and Jaime :((., Huuuuge changes to the story. So disappointed.

  40. vlad,

    First and foremost, they weren’t filming when those pictures were taken (the crew is all around, on camera), so that’s Siddig more than Doran. And anyway, he has his wheelchair just next to him, and he is barefoot. Also, the casting call mentioned the character would be wheelchair-bound, and his gout and inability to walk were already established in Season 4 (by Twyin, at the wedding). If you are going to be disappointed because of changes they have made to the Dornish plot, there are much more major alterations, like the lack of Arianne and Jaime being there -and more importantly, those are changes that have actually been made. Doran still has gout and cannot walk. You can be at rest about that.

  41. outdoorcats:
    My goodness, Alexander Siddig is beautiful.

    …my first thought actually was ‘woah, aging didn’t help his looks…’…but they fit Doran (somewhat older, tired from being in pain all the time), so yay.

    Absolutely love the look of the sets n the costumes.

    N as sad as I am for the Riverlands/Brotherhood without banners storylines to be cut, I’m really looking forward to what the bunch of actors tossed together in Dorne is going to do. More specifically: in the books, what Jaimes Riverrun mop-up campaign showed, amongst other things, was his grasp of the realities of politics. Putting him together with Doran for maybe a showcase of that…I’m really looking forward to the talks those two will have.
  42. I’ve always loved Doran in the books… and seven hells, this is turning out beautifully ! Nina Gold goes for the win again.
    There is sort of a family resemblance with Oberyn, but with a more subtle vibe in the look and the costume, which fits them perfectly.
    Please oh please let them keep the viper/grass talk in.

    In other news, Jaime looks good in Dornish gear. Might be this whole plot divergence will actually turn out pretty awesome.

  43. House Pineapple,

    I also hope to hear a version of Doran’s epic speech. Both, actually. Considering there is no Arianne, I imagine the Dornish story arc this season will be capped off with an amalgamation of Doran’s last words to Arianne in AFFC’s last Dornish chapter and his speech to the Sand Snakes in ADWD’s last Dornish chapter:

    Her father plucked up a cyvasse piece. “I must know how you learned that Quentyn was abroad. Your brother went with Cletus Yronwood, Maester Kedry, and three of Lord Yronwood’s best young knights on a long and perilous voyage, with an uncertain welcome at its end. He has gone to bring us back our heart’s desire.”
    She narrowed her eyes. “What is our heart’s desire?”
    “Vengeance.” His voice was soft, as if he were afraid that someone might be listening. “Justice.” Prince Doran pressed the onyx dragon into her palm with his swollen, gouty fingers, and whispered, “Fire and blood.” —The Princess in the Tower, AFFC.

    Of course, for this scene to survive, Doran’s plans in the show must somehow include Daenerys. With no Quentyn, I don’t see exactly how that will happen, but if supporting the Dragon Queen is still part of the Prince’s machinations in the show, I hope they maintain those three sentences. Vengeance. Justice. Fire and Blood.

    “It is an easy thing for a prince to call the spears, but in the end the children pay the price. For their sake, the wise prince will wage no war without good cause, nor any war he cannot hope to win. I am not blind, nor deaf. I know that you all believe me weak, frightened, feeble. Your father knew me better. Oberyn was ever the viper. Deadly, dangerous, unpredictable. No man dared tread on him. I was the grass. Pleasant, complaisant, sweet-smelling, swaying with every breeze. Who fears to walk upon the grass? But it is the grass that hides the viper from his enemies and shelters him until he strikes. Your father and I worked more closely than you know … but now he is gone. The question is, can I trust his daughters to serve me in his place?” —The Watcher, ADWD.

    Just after this, Doran sends Nym to stand for Dorne in the Small Council and Tyene to get close to the High Sparrow and his newly invigorated and re-militarized Faith, along with Myrcella. Obara is sent to kill Darkstar, but I cannot imagine something like that will happen in the show. Maybe she’ll go to King’s Landing. Regardless of the details, I would love this to be the climax for Dorne this season.

  44. Luka Nieto,

    What a great end this would be for the Dorne material. Then we see the Sand Snakes in Season 6 in KL. I have total faith in Alexander Siddig to pull this off!

  45. Hey everyone- just wanted to let you all know that I’m correcting the errors in this piece now. I had something come up in the middle of my post (real-life stuff), and another person finished adding the text to the pictures. Some wires must have been crossed in the process.

    I sincerely apologize for the errors in this article.

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