The merry-go-round of casting continues into season five, it seems! We’ve learned through unofficial sources that when King Tommen’s big sister returns to our screens in season five, she’ll have a new face.
Princess Myrcella Baratheon was last seen in season two being shipped off to Dorne in tears. WiC‘s unofficial sources have confirmed that Northern Irish actress Aimee Richardson, who originated the role of the princess, will not be returning next year. Rumor has it that English actress Nell Tiger Free will be taking on the role. If these rumors are correct, this will be second Baratheon recasting, with Dean-Charles Chapman taking over the role of Tommen in season four.
Nell Tiger Free is best known for starring as Chloe in the BBC adaptation of Mr. Stink. The actress also recently guest-starred on an episode of the crime series Endeavour.
HBO has declined to comment on any casting at this time.
Mild season five spoilers are tucked below the cut:
Our sources are telling us that Myrcella’s betrothal to Prince Trystane of Dorne will be played up in season five, with the princess falling in love with the handsome young prince. She’ll have a substantially increased, romantic role compared to her part in A Feast for Crows.
Ours is the Fury: I was really hoping Aimee would return when the show finally made it to Dorne, so I’m admittedly sad to not see that happen. I haven’t seen Nell Tiger Free in any projects, so I can’t offer an opinion on her talents, though she’s a lovely young woman. I’ll have to check out her work before season five rolls around.
As for the alterations in the Dorne storyline, there have been a host of rumors swirling around that, and the suggestion of increased visibility for Myrcella and Trystane is just one more on the pile. It makes sense that the show would want to increase the role for a Baratheon/Lannister, a family that the audience is already familiar with and attached to in an unfamiliar place like Dorne. I do hope there’s not too much of an emphasis on this when we have the juicier plotting of the Martells to deal with.