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GAME OF THRONES Casting News: Oscar Nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes To Join House Martell

Posted on July 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm by Amanda Andonian


UPDATE: I reported by mistake that she won the Oscar for Whale Rider. Apologies for the error!

According to The New Zealand Herald, Kiwi actress Keisha Castle-Hughes may be joining season five of Game of Thrones as one of Oberyn Martell’s bastard daughters, called the “Sand Snakes” in the books because of their conniving and manipulative natures. Probably best known for her Oscar nominated role as Pai in 2002’s Whale Rider, Castle-Hughes apparently auditioned for one of the Sand Snakes. After the Red Viper’s death, House Martell takes the news none too kindly, which means that Dorne will feature more prominently next season as the country absorbs the news that one of its princes has been killed. The Dornish plotline is definitely one of the more interesting developments in the books, so I’m eager to see how the show adapts it.

Speaking of the show, I’m going to go into minor spoiler territory at this point, so you’ve been warned!

Minor Spoilers Ahead!

So far, the rumor mill has it that Castle-Hughes will play either Obara or Nymeria Sand, and of course people are pulling for the latter. Nymeria is one of the more colorful characters in the books (though honestly, all the Dornish are pretty strong-willed and dynamic characters), so fans of the books will be happy to see her grace their TV screens. Moreover, there’s been a ton of rumors and speculation going around that Jaime Lannister is actually going to head to Dorn next season, which would be a huge departure from the book series.

Of course, nothing throws fuel on the fire of speculation more than Twitter, and Castle-Hughes apparently changed her Twitter name to include the name “Stark,” then promptly deactivated her feed (presumably once the Game of Thrones fever got going online). I’m not familiar with her work, but judging by the response to this casting news in Twitter, she’ll do pretty well in the role. Honestly, I can’t think of any glaring missteps in casting so far, so I imagine Castle-Hughes will be a welcome addition next season.

In any case, this small bit of news regarding the Sand Snakes has me all excited for next season, even though is nearly a year away still. What do you think of Castle-Hughes joining the cast? Do you have any recommendations of her past work (besides Whale Rider, of course) that you think people should check out before we see her in Game of Thrones? Let us know in the comments!

You can follow Amanda on Twitter at @reiko516 for more geek news.

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