When it comes to our feelings about the much hyped season 5 appearance of Oberyn Martell’s daughters, aka the Sand Snakes, there’s only one way to deal — go full Yoda.
After an introduction and quick demonstration of their fighting skills, Obara, Tyene, and Nymeria have had but one opportunity to use those skills — completely botched, btw — and since then they’ve been relegated to a palace cell where we’ve been party to a) gratuitous nudity and b) slapping games. But wait, don’t give up on them quite yet, because tptb have apparently saved the best of the Sand Snakes scenes for the finale.
Jessica Henwick, who plays whip-wielding Nymeria, says the Snakes play an important part in this Sunday’s episode, “Mother’s Mercy.” After her first day “trial by fire (the actress had three shots to whip that bucket off the buried-in-sand guy’s head), will Nymeria get to show off her talents again?
“What happens with the Sand Snakes is…extreme. Very extreme. So I’m really curious to see how people take it. I don’t know what else I can say! Episode 10 sets the rest of the show on a very certain path. It’s a big move in Game of Thrones, and the Sand Snakes are a part of it.”
Without getting too spoilery, let’s just say that the whole of the Dorne and Sand Snakes storyline has made a pretty big departure from book events; with some characters missing or in different places, and others getting to where they’d be in a roundabout way. (I’m actually more curious about Ellaria, who though she seemingly acquiesced to Doran’s demands, may be hatching some plan on her own.) Interestingly, Henwick was unable to say whether we’d be seeing Nymeria and her sisters return for season 6. “I don’t know, to be honest.” (Come on now, of course you know!)
As we’ve discussed in the episode reviews and comments, it’s frustrating that while some storylines have had continual forward movement, others (Arya, Dorne) have moved at a snail’s pace. Having the Snakes make a big entrance, then sit around most of the season, and now jamming in some big move the final hour — which is likely to already have several other culminations — has me worried we’re in for an over-stuffed, too-much-happening-at-the-end kind of finale. But what do you all make of this “extreme” business? Shall we get our predictions on?
Read the rest of Henwick’s interesting interview, including her feelings on representing the Asian community, the first unseemly reaction to her casting, here.