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"When I was a child, Oberyn came to take me to court. I'd never seen this man, and yet, he called himself my father. My mother wept, said I was too young... and a girl. Oberyn tossed his spear at my feet and said, "Girl or boy, we fight our battles- but the Gods let us choose our weapons." My father pointed to the spear, and then to my mother's tears. I made my choice long ago."
Obara Sand, to her sisters and Ellaria Sand
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Obara Sand
Season(s) 5
First seen "Sons of the Harpy"
Appeared in 1 episodes (see below)
Mentioned in "First of His Name"
Status Alive
Allegiance House Martell
Culture Dornishmen
Family {Oberyn Martell} - father
Nymeria Sand - half-sister
Tyene Sand - half-sister
Sarella Sand - half-sister
Elia Sand - half-sister
Obella Sand - half-sister
Dorea Sand - half-sister
Loreza Sand - half-sister
Doran Martell - uncle
Trystane Martell - first cousin
{Elia Martell} - aunt
{Rhaegar Targaryen} - uncle by marriage
{Rhaenys Targaryen} - first cousin
{Aegon Targaryen} - first cousin
Portrayed by Keisha Castle-Hughes

Obara Sand is a recurring character in the fifth season, who had already been alluded to in the fourth season. She is played by Keisha Castle-Hughes and debuts in "Sons of the Harpy".



Obara Sand is the eldest of the eight bastard daughters of Prince Oberyn Martell, known as the "Sand Snakes". Her mother was a peasant.

Even more than her other sisters, Obara inherited her father's martial prowess, particularly his skill with a spear. Obara is a very tough warrior and the most overtly martial of the Sand Snakes. The other Sand Snakes will change out of their light leather armor when traveling in the hot deserts of Dorne, but Obara always wears her leather armor. When she sees an obstacle, she does not attempt to undermine it with deception or intrigue, but will attack it head-on relying on the strength of her weapons. This is in contrast with her sister Nymeria, who prefers to hold off and analyze her foes to calculate a more efficient means of defeating them.[1]

Obara is the Sand Snake most like their father. He taught her the ways of war himself, training her in the use of a traditional Dornish spear like he used. She is staunchly disciplined to not overtly display many emotions besides anger.[2]

Season 4Edit

Oberyn mentions his eight bastard daughters to Queen Cersei Lannister while the two discuss Cersei's own illegitimate daughter Myrcella Baratheon, who has been sent to Dorne.[3]

Season 5Edit

When Ellaria Sand goes to the Water Gardens to scold Doran for his inaction to Oberyn's murder, she tells the Prince that Dorne must go to war against the Lannisters, and points out that the Sand Snakes, who have the love of their people, agree with her, and that they will avenge their father if Doran does not.[4]

Ellaria later meets with Obara and Obara's two younger half-sisters, Nymeria and Tyene. Obara reveals that she captured the merchant captain who smuggled Jaime Lannister and Bronn into Dorne, and the Sand Snakes and Ellaria deduce Jaime is coming for Myrcella, robbing them of their chance for revenge. Ellaria tells the sisters they must either choose Doran's way and peace, or her way and war. After Tyene and Nymeria agree to side with Ellaria, Obara makes her point by recounting how her father came to claim her, though her mother protested that she was too young and a girl. Oberyn tossed his spear at Obara's feet and said: "girl or boy, we fight our battles, but the gods let us choose our weapons." He pointed to the spear and then to her mother's tears, and Obara picked up the spear. Then, Obara violently kills their hostage, saying she made her decision a long time ago.[5]


Season Five appearances
The Wars to Come The House of Black and White High Sparrow Sons of the Harpy Kill the Boy
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken The Gift Hardhome TBA TBA

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Family TreeEdit

Ruling Princess Martell of Dorne
Consort of the Princess of Dorne
Lewyn Martell familytree
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Doran Martell family tree
Doran Martell
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Elia Martell
Rhaegar Targaryen Targaryen-small
Unknown tree
Various women
Oberyn Martell
Ellaria Sand Sand mini shield
of House Uller
Trystane Martell family tree
Trystane Martell
Mycella Season 5 family tree pic
Myrcella Baratheon Joff icon
Rhaenys tree
Rhaenys Targaryen Targaryen-small
Aegon Targaryen Targaryen-small
Obara Sand familytree
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1st Sand Snake
Fathered on a Dornish peasant
Nymeria Sand familytree
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2nd Sand Snake
Fathered on an Eastern noblewoman
Martell bastard
Sarella Sand Martell bastard
4th Sand Snake
Fathered on a Summer Islander ship captain
Tyene Sand familytree
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3rd Sand Snake
Eldest of Ellaria's daughters
Martell bastard
Four youngest Sand Snakes
(Elia, Obella, Dorea, Loreza)

In the booksEdit

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Obara is Oberyn's daughter whom he fathered on a whore in Oldtown. She is the least pretty and the most aggressive of all the Sand Snakes.

When her father came to claim her, her mother did not want him to take her. He threw a spear down at her mother's feet and slapped her mother. Then Oberyn asked Obara which weapon, the spear or the tears, Obara chose the spear. Her mother drank herself to death within a year.

She is prickly, hot-tempered woman who is given to martial pursuits as she considers herself a warrior, wielding a spear, a whip, and a round shield of steel and copper. She is hard, quick, and strong. She is fond of wine and is a confident rider who uses spurs, often to the point where the animal is bloody, and always rides stallions. Obara is a big-boned woman near to thirty, long-legged, with close-set eyes and rat-brown hair. 

Obara in the books is the daughter of a whore from Oldtown in the Reach, but the casting announcement stated that TV-Obara is the daughter of a "Dornish peasant girl" that caught Oberyn's eye. The difference is not particularly drastic, but it might alter Obara's complex relationship with Oberyn - though the general point stands that Obara's mother wasn't of noble birth, unlike the mothers of some of the other Sand Snakes such as Nymeria Sand. Either way, Obara in the books generally resembles other "salty Dornishmen". Keisha Castle Hughes is herself half-Maori. The character might also be younger in the series; Castle-Hughes is only 25.

It is Obara and not Ellaria Sand who confronts Doran Martell at the Water Gardens.

See alsoEdit


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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:Princess Nymeria · Prince Mors Martell · 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:Prince Lewyn Martell · 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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