"Game of Thrones" season 4 casting roundup time. I thought about doing "Game of Thrones" season 4 spoilers, but it's so far away, what's the point? So instead of the release date or the DVD / Blu-Ray news, let's talk about the new cha-cha-characters in GoT s4, and the actors attached to them.

There are three really big bits of "Game of Thrones" casting news. Let's go char by char. First up is The Red Viper of Dorne, Oberyn Martell. Oberyn is the brother of the ruling Prince of Dorne, Doran Martell. We haven't seen much of Dorne, Westeros's southernmost former kingdom, very much in the TV series. That won't change for a while yet, but we will start seeing more Dornish luminaries this season. Oberyn is the first. He's a real philanderer - with a whole crew of bastard girls, the Sand Snakes - but a warrior too, infamous for fighting with poison. And he flipping loathes the Lannisters, whom he believes to be responsible for the death of his sister, Elia of Dorne, and her children, Aegon and Rhaenys Targaryen, Daenerys's murdered nephew and niece. He's being played by Pedro Pascal, a Chilean actor who found success on Broadway and on "The Good Wife." You will see a lot of him, and if t he show does its job right, which it has always done thus far, you'll love him.

Next up in "Game of Thrones" season 4 casting news: Mace Tyrell. He's easier to explain: he's Margaery's dad. He's the man, besides Tywin, most directly responsible for the Lannister victory in the Battle of the Blackwater. As High Lord of the Reach, his men turned the tide against the rightful king, Stannis Baratheon, First of His Name. Hence the betrothal between King Joffrey and Margaery. In "Game of Thrones" season 4 spoilers, Mace will finally come to the capital to... Oversee. As the militarily most powerful lord of the realm, the dunderhead's influence will be swiftly felt, most of all by Cersei. He's being portrayed by Roger Ashton-Griffiths, a serious film actor ("Brazil," "Gangs of New York").

In other "Game of Thrones" season 4 casting news: Mark Gatiss, who you know from "Sherlock" as the enviable Mycroft, is playing Tycho Nestoris, an envoy from the Iron Bank of the Free City of Braavos. And Indira Varma from "Rome" plays Ellaria Sand, Oberyn Martell's paramour (mistress). Joseph Gatt, the motion capture subject for Kratos from the God of War series, plays Styr, the Magnar of Thenn, a wildling leader. And - this one's brand new - Joel Fry from "10,000 B.C." will play Hizdahr zo Loraq, a powerful political scion in the Slaver city of Meereen. And Sigur Ros is playing... somebody or other. And that about sums it up for newbies, at least for now.

So - that's just the basics. You'll get to know all these guys, especially Oberyn and Mace, throughout "Game of Thrones" season 4 and if you're lucky season 5. Will you be lucky? Well, that's a story for another article. Or another season - you could just wait until the "Game of Thrones" season 4 premiere in spring 2014. But... that's a whole winter away!