Casting for season four of Game of Thrones is afoot and we've already had a few major characters announced. Oberyn has been cast and the internet responded with a universal "huh?" Today it was also announced who would play Ellaria, and everyone was super stoked. But I want to get to who everyone is really thinking about: Oberyn's legion of bastard daughters, the Sand Snakes.
Fans of the TV show that haven't read the books, you are in for a real treat. Many fans of the series are in love with the Sand Snakes (they all have the last name "Sand" because they are all bastards of Dorne, same as how all bastards of the North are named "Snow"). They are tough, deadly, resourceful, and have very different relationships with their femininity as it is expressed in the land of Westeros. Oberyn has a broad taste in women (and men) and his daughters are very diverse in temperament and appearance. I want to have a fantasy casting of the oldest Sand Snakes, and I invite you to join me.
Obara Sand: Obara is the oldest of the Sand Snakes. Note, she may not be the oldest of Oberyn's children but all the Sand Snakes choose to be his daughter. Obara is the daughter of an Oldtown prostitute. She is tall, strong, dark, and not conventionally attractive. She fights with a spear and a whip and considers herself a warrior. I think of her as a swarthy Brienne.
Its a long shot, but I choose Olympic weightlifter Zoe Smith. Just like Brienne she comes from the athletic background, but is unconventionally beautiful and radiating charisma. She is also strong enough to punch a spear through an inch of steel plate.
Nymeria Sand: Second oldest of the Sand Snakes, Lady Nym is the punk rock glam daughter. She is tall, has straight black hair, is beautiful, and either has pale or olive skin (this is has caused some confusion for book readers). She is the daughter of a noblewoman from Volantis, and in her gorgeous gowns she hides many knives.
Rebecca Hazlewood. Just fucking look at her. This is Lady Nym.
Tyene Sand: Cute, blond, blue eyed, and deceptive. Tyene is the daughter of a septa and a poisoner. Her sweet persona conceals her lethality.
Hannah star Saoirse Ronan would be pretty great in this role. She looks kind while still being able to kick ass.
Sarella Sand: The daughter of a trader from the Summer Islands, Sarella is pretty mysterious. She is apparently playing a "game" in Oldtown, and it is widely speculated that she is pretending to be a man while building her chain as a maester (this knowledge is forbidden to women in Westeros). Her uncle, the patriarch of the Martells, is content to let her do her thing.
Willow Smith, I'm not even kidding. Sarella is Black, mischievous, a teen, and androgynous, and Willow seems to be toying around with her British accent right now anyway.
The other Sand Snakes are all the daughters of Ellaria, and are kind of too young to be players I think (though Elia while still a maiden, is known as the "Lady of the Lance," and is a little older than Arya.)
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