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Ellaria Sand
Ellaria Sand in The Mountain and the Viper
Season(s)
4, 5
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4 episodes (see below)
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{Oberyn Martell} - paramour
Tyene Sand - daughter
Elia Sand - daughter
Obella Sand - daughter
Dorea Sand - daughter
Loreza Sand - daughter
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Cersei Lannister: "Can't say I've ever met a Sand before... I'm not quite sure what to call you."
Ellaria Sand: "'Ellaria' works for everyone else."
— Ellaria stands up to Queen Cersei's mockery of her bastard surname.[src]

Ellaria Sand is a recurring character in the fourth and fifth seasons, and is portrayed by Indira Varma.[1] She is the paramour of Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne and a bastard of House Uller. "Sand" is the surname used for noble-born bastards in Dorne, much like Snow in the North.

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

Ellaria is the mother of the four youngest bastard daughters of Prince Oberyn Martell: Elia, Obella, Dorea and Loreza Sand. They are known as the Sand Snakes.

Season 4Edit

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Ellaria partakes of King's Landing's entertainment.

After their arrival in King's Landing, Ellaria and her lover, Prince Oberyn Martell, head to one of Littlefinger's brothels. Oberyn examines three whores while Ellaria lies on the bed, asking her which one she would like. She says that she doesn't want a timid one and he eventually finds one to her liking. When Olyvar calls Ellaria "my lady", she calls him out for using a lie to address her and tells him to call her what she is: a bastard. When Oberyn hears men singing the Rains of Castamere in the next room, Ellaria tries to stop him but can only watch as Oberyn takes out his rage on the Lannister men-at-arms. She proceeds to passionately kiss him as Tyrion Lannister and Bronn enter the room seeking Oberyn.[2]

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Ellaria Sand and Oberyn Martell are greeted by Tywin and Cersei at Joffrey's wedding.

Ellaria and Oberyn attend Joffrey's wedding, where she is introduced to Tywin Lannister and Cersei Lannister. Cersei subtly mocks her bastard status, instigating a debate over the cultural differences between the Dornish and the rest of Westeros. She later witnesses the poisoning of King Joffrey.[3]

Oberyn and Ellaria - Breaker of Chains

Ellaria and Oberyn are interrupted.

In the days following Joffrey's death, Ellaria and Oberyn again visit the brothel. On this occasion, Ellaria is serviced by Marei and another woman; Ellaria steals a kiss from Olyvar, who apologizes and says he simply hasn't developed the taste for women. Ellaria soothes Oberyn's anger at the suggestion that she is an "acquired taste", by reminding him that this means he has Olyvar to himself. Ellaria leaves when Lord Tywin unexpectedly shows up and asks to meet privately with Oberyn, but says that Oberyn need only call if he needs her.[4]

Ellaria terrified - The Mountain and the Viper

Ellaria screams in horror as she watches the brutal death of Oberyn.

During Tyrion's trial by combat, Ellaria, in spite of having heard tales of the Mountain for years, is somewhat disturbed to see exactly how large he really is, expressing with disbelief, "you're going to fight that?!". Ellaria watches with Tyrion from the sidelines and is delighted when it looks like Oberyn has won. Her delight turns to shock and horror when the Mountain gains the upper hand on Oberyn and crushes his skull, at which she can do nothing but scream.[5]

AppearancesEdit

Season Four appearances
Two Swords The Lion and the Rose Breaker of Chains Oathkeeper First of His Name
The Laws of Gods and Men Mockingbird The Mountain and the Viper The Watchers on the Wall The Children

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Doran Martell
 
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Elia Martell
Deceased
 
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Deceased
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Oberyn Martell
Deceased
 
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Ellaria Sand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Trystane Martell
 
Myrcella Baratheon Family Tree
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Deceased
 
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Aegon Targaryen Targaryen-small
Deceased
 
Martell bastard
Sand Snakes
Oberyn's
8 bastard daughters
 

QuotesEdit

"Why don't you use the right words. I'm a bastard, and she is a whore."
Ellaria to Olyvar at the brothel[src]
Ellaria Sand: "You're going to fight that?"
Oberyn Martell: "I'm going to kill that!"
Ellaria and Oberyn before the trial by combat[src]
"Don't leave me alone in this world."
Ellaria's last words to Oberyn Martell[src]

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In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Ellaria Sand is the paramour of Prince Oberyn Martell. She is the bastard daughter of Lord Harmen Uller, the Lord of Hellholt - thus she is one of the "Sandy Dornishmen" of the central desert of Dorne, who possess particularly dark skin, burned brown by the hot desert sun. Her hair and eyes are also black.

Ellaria is the mother of the four youngest of Oberyn's eight bastard daughters, who are all collectively known as the "Sand Snakes". Ellaria's four daughters with Oberyn are named Elia, Obella, Dorea, and Loreza Sand.

She is described as not explicitly beautiful, as she is no longer a young woman and has borne four children, though still attractive and eye-catching, with an exotic, sensuous flair. Like her partner Oberyn, she expresses sexual interest in both women and men. It is not unusual for lords and ladies in Dorne to be openly bisexual, due to the relaxed attitude towards sexuality among the Dornish.

Olenna Tyrell calls Ellaria "The Serpent's whore".

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Lord: Prince Doran Martell Heir:
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Seat: Sunspear Lands: Dorne
Title(s): Prince of Dorne · Lord of Sunspear
Ancestors:Prince Maron Martell · Princess Daenerys Martell · Queen Myriah Martell
Current members:Prince Trystane Martell · Ellaria Sand · Obara Sand · Nymeria Sand · Tyene Sand · Sarella Sand · Elia Sand · Obella Sand · Dorea Sand · Loreza Sand
Deceased members:Princess Elia Martell · Prince Oberyn Martell
Household:Princess Myrcella Baratheon · Septa Eglantine · Ser Arys Oakheart · Areo Hotah
Overlord:House Baratheon of King's Landing

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