Just a short commentary on the Sand Snakes that have made a contribution to the story so far.
Obara Sand is the bastard daughter of Prince Oberyn Martell and an Oldtown whore but is also the eldest of the renowned Sand Snakes. She is a techy, hot-tempered woman who wants vengeance for her father through warfare on the Lannisters. She thinks herself to be a warrior.
“Give me back my spear, Uncle. Cersei sent us a head. We should send her back a bag of them.”
Her weapons of choice are a spear, a whip, and a round shield of steel and copper. She has a fondness of wine and is a bold, sure rider who uses spurs, using them so often that the animal’s flesh is punctured and is bloody. She is a big-boned woman who is nearly thirty years of age with long legs and close-set eyes with brown hair.
When Oberyn came to claim her, her mother did not want to give her up so he threw a spear down at her mother’s feet and slapped her mother. Oberyn asked Obara which weapon did she want out of the spear or the tears. Obara chose the spear. Her mother drank herself to death in a short time after Obara left for Sunspear with her father.
A Feast For Crows: She meets Prince Doran at the Water Gardens, demanding retribution for her father. Doran says he will think about it. After more visits by the other Sand Snakes, Prince Doran seeks the arrest of all of them. They are detained in the Spear Tower in Sunspear.
A Dance With Dragons: They are released and are at the feast when Ser Balon Swann presents the head of The Mountain to Prince Doran. When a toast is raised by Ricasso to ‘King Tommen Baratheon’, she has her wine-cup filled before pouring it onto the floor and leaving. Later on, she is talking about Gregor Clegane’s death with the other Sand Snakes, Areo Hotah, Arianne Martell, Ellaria Sand, and Prince Doran. She says that his death, “Is a start” and pushes for war against House Lannister, causing Ellaria to intervene.
“Oberyn wanted vengeance for Elia. Now the three of you want vengeance for him. I have four daughters, I remind you. Your sisters. My Elia is fourteen, almost a woman. Obella is twelve, on the brink of maidenhood. They worship you, as Dorea and Loreza worship them. If you should die, must El and Obella seek vengeance for you, then Dorea and Loree for them? Is that how it goes, round and round forever? I ask again, where does it end? I saw your father die. Here is his killer. Can I take a skull to bed with me, to give me comfort in the night? Will it make me laugh, write me songs, care for me when I am old and sick?”
Ellaria to The Sand Snakes
Doran has Obara take Ser Balon Swann to High Hermitage so he can hunt and assassinate the Darkstar for his attempted assassination on Princess Myrcella Baratheon.
Obara Sand will be portrayed by Keisha Castle-Hughes.
Nymeria Sand (Lady Nym)
Nymeria, nicknamed Lady Nym is a bastard daughter of Oberyn Martell and Volantene nobel woman. She is twenty-five years old.She is slim with long black hair. Areo Hotah describes her as having pale white skin in A Feast For Crows but then says she has olive skin in A Dance Dragons. Which is it? I’d call Nymeria a lethal beauty having the fighting skill of Obara yet being pretty as well. She is very skilled with double daggers but in the trailer, it looked like Nymeria was wielding a whip.
On hearing the news of her father’s death, she demands vengeance from her uncle and Oberyn’s brother, Doran. She wants to assassinate the whole Lannister clan. Tywin, Tommen, Jaime and Cersei. Nym and her other sisters are imprisoned by Doran when they come demanding vengeance. On their release, Doran sends Lady Nym to Kings Landing to take the vacant Dornish seat on the Small Council.
Nymeria will be played by Jessica Henwick.
She is treacherous and deadly while showing an innocent persona. Doran’s personal guard, Areo Hotah thinks that she is as sweet as summer strawberries. She has blonde hair, blue eyes and she could lead people to believe that she is oblivious to the world. She chose her poison as her weapon. In the show, she will have double daggers. Doran sends Tyene to Kings Landing disguised as a Septa to try to befriend High Sparrow. Hopefully we’ll see this in the show see the Martells begin to take their vengeance, starting with Tommen Baratheon. After all, Cersei is said to outlive all her children. Maybe Tommen is the one to die this season. Poisoning his food or wine wouldn’t be a bad call. Maybe she will still have her skills with poison this season. I await with haste.
Tyene Sand will be played by Rosabell Laurenti Sellers.
Sarella is one of the infamous bastard daughters of Prince Oberyn. Her mother is from the Summer Islands and captain of the Feathered Kiss. She is very dark-skinned. Sarella has made a name for herself for being too nosy and asking too many questions. “Pushing in where it didn’t belong” Doran Martell commands Areo Hotah to imprison the Sand Snakes. Sarella is not in Dorne when this occurs. Doran says that he prays she will not be vengeful like her sisters and tells Areo to “leave her to her game”. Book readers know that Sarella currently resides in the Citadel in Oldtown under the alias, Alleras. This is an anagram for Sarella or inverted. I know Sarella will be likely played by an unknown but if I had to cast her I would cast Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave) or Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead).
Season 5 of Game Of Thrones Premieres On April 12 on HBO.