A Captain and a Frey return to Game of Thrones for season 5

Gary OliverWith filming beginning this week, the casting updates are rolling in, and we have news for you on two minor characters from season 4.

In the season finale, Arya Stark escaped Westeros with the help of a Braavosi sea captain played by Gary Oliver. According to the actor’s CV, he’ll be back in season 5 as the captain, Ternesio Terys. No doubt we’ll see him as Arya continues on her voyage and arrives at her destination.

And back in Westeros, there’s Frey news. Well, Bolton now.

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Game of Thrones casting a Darkstar figure, Stalwart Shield, and several more roles for season five

Darkstar – Art by Mathia Arkoniel

The major additions for Game of Thrones season five were unveiled Friday at San Diego Comic Con, leaving some to wonder if that was it for new roles this year. But of course, there are several small parts in every season of the show, and fresh info has to come to us at WatchersOnTheWall.com, filling us in on more of what we can expect to see next year.

According to our sources, several roles are being cast currently, including an unnamed character that matches the description of someone familiar to readers of A Feast for Crows.

The information below contains light spoilers!

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George R.R. Martin on why he won’t be writing for Game of Thrones season 5

At San Diego Comic Con, Entertainment Weekly‘s James Hibberd rounded up George R.R. Martin and the cast of Game of Thrones to talk about the show and what’s in store for the future.

George R.R. Martin reveals that he actually won’t be writing an episode at all for season 5, because, “I have this book that I have to finish!” He adds that he “figured [he]’d better write the book rather than the episode.” Season 5 will be the first year to have no episode penned by the author.

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The Arianne Question

Arianne Martell. Art by Magali Villeneuve

Hello again, Gatewatch loyalists!

FaB—ahh, sorry—Axey here, with our very first (of many, I hope) editorial/discussion posts!

I’d like to start off by saying Thank You to all of you for giving us a chance to try and give you your Game of Thrones info fix the way we want to present it. I won’t sling mud or go into any wild, wacky details as to why the move was necessary for us, but… still. We appreciate you being here.

Water under the proverbial bridge. This is the now. As my brethren have already stated, we want to make this site into something every Game of Thrones fan will want to come to, so don’t be shy about recommending things you’d like to see.

Onto topic: This post is going to be a book-to-screen adaptation discussion. As such, we will be talking about many things that may spoil the books (and probably the show). Unsullied viewers are strongly advised not to read this or take part in the discussion that follows. It is for this reason that spoiler text will not be required in this thread. 

(My original thought was to post this on our BRAND NEW FORUMS, by the way, but not enough people even know we have forums yet, and sadly, forum topics are not auto-announced on Twitter.)

We good? Good! On with the show!

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Game of Thrones Q&A at San Diego Comic Con Video

The Game of Thrones Q&A from San Diego Comic Con is finally online, courtesy of Flicks and the City!

The Q&A opens up with friendly banter between Rory McCann and Gwendoline Christie over their characters’ duel, before moving on to topics such as what book god would George R.R. Martin worship, whether ASOIAF fans should keep watching the show as it catches up with the books, and how do the actors prepare for their roles.

Around the 15:50 mark in the video, Kit Harington reveals that he starts filming on Monday for a “great scene.”

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Game of Thrones season five cast announced at Comic Con!

Many fans were hoping that HBO would take the opportunity to announce the new additions to Game of Thrones season five at today’s SDCC panel, and they did not disappoint, introducing the new cast in a video.

With official confirmation and descriptions from HBO, the new cast members are:
Alexander Siddig

  • Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell. Doran Martell is the ruling lord of Dorne and older brother to the late Prince Oberyn Martell. Unlike his brother, Doran is even-tempered and deliberate. Now, all of Dorne waits to see how their lord will react to his brother’s death.

Toby Sebastian

  •   Toby Sebastian as Trystane Martell. Trystane Martell is Prince Doran’s son and heir to Dorne. His father betrothed him to Myrcella Baratheon as part of the alliance offered by Tywin Lannister, then Hand of the King.


Nell Tiger Free

  •   Nell Tiger Free as Myrcella Baratheon. Myrcella Baratheon is officially the eldest child of Cersei Lannister and the late King Robert Baratheon, though in truth her father is Cersei’s own brother, Jaime Lannister. For years, she has been a guest and ward of Prince Doran, betrothed to his son, but her position has become tenuous with the death of Oberyn Martell, thePrince’s brother.

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Game of Thrones SDCC Panel live discussion

SDCC logoThe Game of Thrones Q&A Panel at San Diego Comic-Con will be beginning shortly in Hall H, hosted by Craig Ferguson and featuring several cast members. The panel lasts for one hour, and many are hoping that the panel will feature some big announcements or special unreleased footage as a treat for the fans.

The official SDCC programming notes:

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, HBO’s Game of Thrones concluded its 10-episode fourth season in June and will begin filming its fifth season this summer. The series, executive produced and written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, is an epic story of treachery and nobility, set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years. Featured cast include (in alphabetical order) Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Natalie Dormer as Margaery Baratheon, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Rose Leslie as Ygritte, Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane (“The Hound”), Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.

John Bradley will also be joining the panel, though he was not included in this original announcement.

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A Message From the Creators of Watchers on the Wall

Raven LogoWelcome to WatchersOnTheWall.com, your new go-to source for Game of Thrones news!

The founders of the site have begun with simple goals: to enjoy Game of Thrones together with other enthusiastic fans and to implement a few new ideas that we’ve always wanted to try.

What will WatchersOnTheWall offer fans? Here you’ll find Axechucker’s colorful interviews and Twitter recaps, HmR’s passion for analysis and ratings, Bex’s humor and love for building the community, and Oz’s Unsullied episode recaps and speculative pieces with his fresh perspective. As always, we’ll be reporting the latest filming news and casting scoops of Game of Thrones, providing commentary and offering editorial posts for your enjoyment.

The center of WotW is the blog section but we also have a Forum, as fans have been requesting, and we’re looking into adding Chat as well. The site is opening a week ahead of schedule, so we’re still fiddling with a few things, like the forum design and some blog commenting options. But we’re dying to talk about Comic-Con and the Game of Thrones panel today with everyone, so we’re throwing open the doors.

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