As we all know, the fifth season of HBO's Game of Thrones will head to Dorne (a land where everybody is laid back about relations and the women have agency) and introduce the Sand Snakes — the three deadly daughters of the Red Viper of Dorne, Prince Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal). There's no doubt that they will be sharpening their daggers and readying their whips to exact revenge on their enemy: Everyone's favorite twincest family, the Lannisters. Jessica Henwick, who plays Nymeria Sand, revealed in a recent interview with The Telelegraph that they won’t be targeting just one Lannister, but ALL of them:
"Annihilate all Lannisters. The kingdoms will be a better place without them. It’s very much like someone close to us has been taken away; how are we going to hurt them in the same way? Let’s take away someone close to them, and that’s the route that we take."
That totally doesn’t bode well for Cersei and Jaime's daughter, Princess Myrcella Baratheon (Nell Tiger Free), who’s been shipped off to Dorne way back when in season two in a bid to secure a political alliance through marriage with Prince Trystane Martell (Toby Sebastian), nor for Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who’ll also pop up in Dorne this year.
Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, who plays Tyene Sand, was also on hand with Henwick to not only tease their upcoming storyline but also to clarify the parentage of each character, revealing that, contrary to what Indira Varma may have hinted at, Oberyn’s paramour, Ellaria Sand, is not the birth mother of them all. Here’s an excerpt from the interview that explains who the sisters are and what their goal is:
Jessica: We’re Oberyn Martell’s bastard children. We’ve grown up hearing all about how the Lannisters have abused our relatives, we’ve lived and breathed that for I don’t know how many years. So when Oberyn dies we’re just like, ‘Okay, finally this is the time, we can’t let this pass. We let the other things kind of slide but now we have to go to war for this.’ We take up Oberyn’s call for revenge and we’ve grown up with him telling us that the Lannisters are the root of all evil.
Rosabell: Yeah and we definitely unite for that, as in we put our own personal problems aside to be strong together. Obviously the dynamics are like between any sisters — there’s gonna be some difficulties!
Jessica: But now we have a common goal. Again, because of our different personalities we have different ideas of how to get to that point. If Obara [Sand] has an obstacle she goes right through it, whereas Nym will stop and look back and think, ‘What’s the way with which I have to expend the least amount of energy to get through this obstacle?’ She’s observant, I’d say.
Rosabell: Tyene will just go for it. One of her weapons is double daggers and her other weapon is poison. That’s not always approved of by the other Snakes — poisoning someone is deemed to be a little underhand. But I also have double daggers and I’m pretty good at using them.
They also went on to explain that there will be some hard feelings toward their uncle, Prince Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig), because he was the one invited to go to King’s Landing. Not Oberyn. "There’s got to be an element of resentment," Henwick said. "It wasn’t Oberyn who was invited to Joffrey’s wedding, it was Prince Doran. Doran is wheelchair-bound but, if he had gone, then maybe our dad wouldn’t have died."
With Sellers adding: "We also have very different mindsets to Doran. He didn’t go to war for the last murder when we think he should’ve. We see him as an obstacle, definitely weak." Despite all that, the sisters will still look for his approval because not only is he family -- something highly important to the Dornish -- but he is also the Prince of Dorne.
Head on over to The Telegraph for more. What do you guys think?