Game of Thrones actress Indira Varma recently sat down with The Independent and gave an interview in which she kinda spilled the beans on a particular plot point from the show that diverges quite a bit from the books.
The actress — who’s made some notable appearances on Torchwood, Rome and Luther, before sending our little geek hearts all aflutter again as the alluring Ellaria Sand on the fourth season of Game of Thrones — was talking about her latest stage role in George Bernard Shaw’s play “Man and Superman” when she dropped a biggie, which has something to do with Oberyn Martell’s (Pedro Pascal) daughters, the deadly Sand Snakes, whom we’ll meet in season five. So, without further ado, here’s the bit of the interview that pricked our interest:
“If you've seen season four, you know why I'm back,” begins Varma. “We go to Dorne…” she breaks off, unsure of how much she's actually allowed to say. “Basically, you meet some of her clan and shit happens! I've got three hot, hot daughters.”
For those who’ve already read the books, you’ll see what we mean here. For those who haven’t, we’ll explain. In George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, the Sand Snakes are the bastard daughters of the Red Viper of Dorne, aka Prince Oberyn, by different women. There are eight of them, and the three eldest are all by different women, while the four youngest are indeed the daughters of Oberyn and Ellaria. We know that there will be only three (so far as we know) Sand Snakes portrayed on the HBO series, and they are the eldest ones: Obara, Nymeria, and Tyene. None of them are Ellaria’s daughters in the books.
In the context of the TV show, we agree with our colleagues over at Winter is Coming that it totally makes sense to make Obara, Nymeria and Tyene all Ellaria's daughters, meaning she’ll probably have a hand in actively pushing the lethal Sand Snakes into action in order to avenge the death of their beloved father at the hands of Ser Gregor Clegane, aka the Mountain, back in King’s Landing, especially since there's also no Princess Ariane Martell in sight to urge them to do so on the show.
What do you guys think of this revelation? Does it make more sense for the show to make the Sand Snakes the daughters of Ellaria Sand?
(via Winter Is Coming)