|Doran Martell||Elia Martell|
|Rhaegar Targaryen |
|Trystane Martell||Myrcella Baratheon||Rhaenys Targaryen |
|Aegon Targaryen |
|Sand Snakes |
8 bastard daughters
In the books
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Tyene is Oberyn's daughter whom he fathered on a septa. She is regarded as treacherous, while maintaining a sweet and pious persona. She is fair, with golden hair, blue eyes and an almost otherworldly innocence about her. She has soft pale hands but they are as deadly as her sister Obara's callused ones, if not more so. She shares her father's knowledge of poisons and it is her chosen weapon.
When Tyene was in the cradle her mother read to her from the Seven-Pointed Star. Her cousin Princess Arianne Martell once crossed the Mander River with three of the Sand Snakes to visit Tyene's mother - vaguely implying that her mother is from the Reach.
Tyene in the TV series is a condensation of several aspects of the different Sand Snakes. In the books she was the daughter of a septa from elsewhere in Westeros, and thus the only one of the Sand Snakes who doesn't have classic "salty Dornishman" dark features like the rest of House Martell. The SDCC 2014 press release described Tyene as the daughter of Oberyn and Ellaria - Elio and Linda of Westeros.org (who co-wrote The World of Ice and Fire (2014) with George R.R. Martin) pointed out that this was confusing, because Sellers is ethnically Italian and looks paler than the actors playing Oberyn and Ellaria. Essentially, it is as if the TV series cast Tyene based on her physical description and biography in the books (she doesn't look Dornish because her mother wasn't from Dorne), then changed her parentage with no thought to that it no longer matched her casting, or vice versa. Then again, there were several other oddly worded points in the press release, such as the description of Trystane Martell. Elio went so far as to reach out to his contacts at HBO to determine if these were simply mistakes by someone in the HBO PR department, and if HBO could confirm the specific details in the press release. He did recieve a response, but it consisted entirely of a terse "no comment".
Game of Thrones Wiki therefore officially considers the brief character descriptions of both Tyene and Trystane given in the SDCC 2014 press release to be suspect, and not to be taken as confirmation of character changes from the novels. The TV version of Tyene is not Ellaria's daughter, until the instant that HBO makes any further statement clarifying the issue (i.e. a preview video detailing the new characters in Season 5).
Also, the casting report says that Tyene makes deadly use of daggers, while book-Tyene never uses combat weapons - instead preferring to surreptitiously poison her enemies. Then again, the use of poison will also be part of Tyene's character in the show, as her leaked audition tape indicated, so it seems Tyene will simply have a more ample arsenal in the show.
|Lord:||Prince Doran Martell||Heir:|
|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|