If you thought that all of the Game of Thrones news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con was just a wonderful blooper reel and the smiling faces of the actors lucky enough to be playing characters that haven’t been killed off yet, HBO had a little more in store today. Announced during the hit show’s panel were the nine new cast members that will be joining the show for its fifth season and the roles that they will be playing. Some of these actors had already been mentioned for consideration in recent weeks, but this was good for all of us sticklers out there who like a little thing called confirmation.
While some of these names might as well be written in Sanskrit for you, you’ll at least recognize a few names and faces from some pretty great previous work. As for the inexperienced thespians and all-around newcomers, you’ll just have to put your faith in the show’s producers to keep making the best decisions.
Where You’ve Seen Him Before: Pirates of the Caribbean, Ronin (In which he was a fantastic bad guy), G.I .Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Who He’s Playing: The High Sparrow. A devout and pious man, the High Sparrow came to King’s Landing to serve those forgotten by much of the world—the poor, the downtrodden and the infirm—and quickly amassed a large following. His fellow believers have swarmed over the city, ministering to the lowest and decrying the corruption of the highest.
Where You’ve Seen Him Before: DaVinci’s Demons, 24, Syriana, and of course Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (a thousand apologies for only including recent work)