Sand Snakes


Game Of Thrones fans are about to get so much Dorne, they won’t know whether to fight or throw orgies. Enigmatic lover, family man and fearsome fighter Oberyn Martell was a fantastic addition to last season’s consistently unpredictable forays. With Spain playing the part of his homeland, we’re going to see a ton of his homies and kin. But it’s not all about Dorne, we’ve got a couple other Westerosi to contend with too. Book readers are sure to froth over some of these mentions and we finally find out which of the Red Viper’s daughters Keisha Castle-Hughes is playing. Here’s a quick hint: all our guesses were wrong. And to commemorate our failure, HBO provided us with two videos to watch with varied levels of satisfaction.



Season 4 of Game of Thrones introduced a fascinating new character in Oberyn Martell. The Prince of Dorne also had a second name: The Red Viper. A lascivious scoundrel on a quest for revenge, Prince Martell took on Ser Gregor Clegane, the most brutal man in the land of Westeros in an episode entitled “The Mountain and the Viper.” Some thought the story would end there, but House Martell stands to issue a second weapon next season: The Dornish Sand Snakes. Who and what are they? Where there’s one viper, others cannot be far behind, and we know who’s the first “Snake” to be cast. (more…)


With filming begins for Season 4 of Game of Thrones very soon, the casting announcements just keep rolling out. Especially for all these new Dornish characters we’ll be meeting. Book readers, you know what I’m talking about, and now it’s time for TV viewers to experience the mixture of excitement and frustration we felt over so many new faces.

Mark Gatiss has been cast in an as-of-yet unknown role (though, I’m thinking it’s Doran Martel), Pedro Pascal has already been cast as The Red Viper, and today we learn Indira Varman (Luther, Rome, Torchwood) has scored the role of the Viper’s “sexually adventurous paramour,” Ellaria Sand. Oooh. Kinky. (Note: Sand, like Snow or Rivers, is the bastards surname of Dorne.)

Not only is Ellaria a fascinating character, but she along with the “Sand Snakes” – the Viper’s many bastard daughters who are totally kick-ass and awesome! – will introduce viewers to the feisty women of Dorne. See, down south in Dorne, women are recognized as (almost) equals, unlike the rest of Westoros where the women are constantly fighting injustice. Not that Game of Thrones is lacking in strong, independent women, but let’s just say Arya, Yara, and Brienne would be far more welcomed and respected were they Dornish.

Entertainment Weekly, which broke the casting news, also spoke with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and they seem confidant Season 4 will surpass Season 3 in its epic-ness,

We got more action, which is obviously more time consuming. It’s a brutal shooting season ahead. But if we can make it through, yeah, I think it’s going to surpass season three. The last 3 episodes, there’s so many scenes we’ve been waiting for so long to do. And it just gets more and more fun to write for these characters. After three years of doing it, we have that much more comfort to make everything uncomfortable for them. We’re very excited for it.

Me too! It just stinks we’ve got to wait another eight to nine months before we can see it. Season 4’s cast is really shaping up nicely, and while I’m sad for those we’ve lost, I couldn’t be more pumped for some of these new characters coming our way, are you?

Source: The Mary Sue