The Game of Thrones world is always expanding, with new locations popping up on the opening credits map every season. Season 4 saw the additions of Braavos, Meereen, and Moat Cailin, and Season 5 will introduce us to Dorne.
So what’s going to happen in the most un-Westeros like kingdom of the Seven Kingdoms? The A Song of Ice and Fire books and set phots provide some clues.
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In Dorne, we can expect to meet plenty of Dornishmen (duh). The books feature a lot of new Dornish characters and intrigue heading forward, some of which is bound to be cut, but here’s what could go down.
Key characters. In the books, the main addition to the cast from Dorne is Princess Arianne Martell, who curiously hasn’t appeared in any casting calls. Arianne is the heir to Sunspear after her father, Doran, the older brother of Oberyn. Doran has been cast, as well as Dornish characters Trystane Martell (Doran's youngest son), Areo Hotah (Doran's bodyguard), and three of Oberyn's bastard daughters, the Sand Snakes.
Revenge? Basically, the Dornish are unhappy about the death of Oberyn. Oberyn’s daughters, the Sand Snakes, want to go to war and are locked away by Doran. Arianne has her own plan of igniting a war. She attempts to crown Myrcella Baratheon, who is betrothed to Arianne’s younger brother Trystane, queen, since she is older than Tommen and according to Dornish law, the eldest child of a ruler is the heir regardless of gender. However, Arianne’s plans are thwarted by her father’s guard, Areo Hotah, and Myrcella ends up having her ear cut off by the renegade “Darkstar,” Gerold Dayne, and she, too, is locked away. We're not sure if this plot will be cut altogether, or re-worked to work without Arianne.
The real plan. Doran then reveals to Arianne his plan for revenge: he has an old marriage pact for her and Viserys Targaryen, but since Viserys is dead, he has sent his other son Quentyn to Daenerys to try to wed her. But... Quentyn also does not appear to be cast on the show.
Cersei's plan. Later, a member of the Kingsguard, Balon Swann, shows up in Dorne with the “skull” of the Mountain, as a sign of goodwill, and to retrieve Myrcella to “visit” her brother. Doran, however, knows that the real reason for the visit is to bring Myrcella back to King’s Landing for good. Cersei has planned an ambush for their party on the road, with assailants claiming to act in the name of Tyrion killing all the Dornish in the party. Doran avoids this plan by having Myrcella tell Balon about Darkstar, and he goes off with the Sand Snake, Obara Sand, to seek him out.
Now, this is a lot of content, featuring almost all characters whom we’ve never met, so much of it is likely to be altered for the show. We know that on the show, Jaime ends up going to Dorne, so he may be filling the role of Balon Swann. It’s also been claimed that Obara Sand gets into a fight with a main cast member, might this also be Jaime, while the two are hunting for Darkstar?
The show is also reportedly playing up a romance that doesn’t exist in the books between Myrcella and Trystane, so it will be interesting to see where that leads.
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