Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes joins the HBO fantasy drama, along with Jonathan Price, Alexander Siddig, and six others. Season 5 just got a lot more real.
With HBO announcing that Season 5 of Game of Thrones would shift much of the action to Dorne — the region of the Seven Kingdoms ruled by House Martell — in the aftermath of the death of Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), casting rumors for the various Martell family members have been omnipresent.
At today's Game of Thrones panel at San Diego Comic-Con, HBO put the rumors to rest and announced the three actresses who would be playing Oberyn's daughters, aka the Sand Snakes.
Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes, who starred in Whale Rider when she was 13, has landed the role of Obara Sand, Oberyn's eldest daughter and a fearsome warrior in her own right. Jessica Henwick (Silk) will play Nymeria ("Nym") Sand, the second eldest daughter — who is described as being cultured, graceful, and deadly with a whip. Rounding out the trio of young warrior women is Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (The Family) as Tyene Sand, whose mother is Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma), who watched in horror as The Mountain crushed Oberyn's skull in Season 4.