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Luther, Rome Actress To Join Game Of Thrones Season 4

Game of Thrones recently announced yet another new casting: Indira Varma (veteran of Luther, where she played the titular character’s ex-wife, Torchwood, and Rome) will be joining the Dornishmen as they begin to make their way onto the screen in the coming season.

So who is she playing? Check it out under the cut, and beware vague Game of Thrones spoilers!

From Entertainment Weekly:

Varma will play Ellaria Sand on the show, the sexually adventurous paramour of a key new character, Prince Oberyn Martell “The Red Viper” (played by Pedro Pascal).

Yes, dear readers, we are finally getting our badass Dornish ladies, the Sand-Snakes. Varma is no stranger to period-set stories with lots of bloodshed, having gotten attention for her role of Niobe in Rome.

Dorne is one of my favorite places in Westeros for obvious reasons: lots of awesome women characters. Dorne is the one country in Westeros that acknowledges women in official political leadership positions, and generally has bi-lateral inheritance lines. Since it was founded by Nymeria, conquerer and Arya’s direwolf’s namesake, they can’t exactly deny that women can rule as well as any man can. In fact, the heir to Dorne circa the start of season four will be Arianne of Sunspear, princess of the Martell family. Also, generally women from Dorne have the reputation of being fiery, bold, independent, and fierce. I can defnitely get excited about that.

Showrunner David Benioff seems as excited for season four as anyone, saying it will “surpass” the last three seasons. That’s big talk for a guy who just put us through the Red Wedding and Danaerys’ siege on the slaver’s city. He is confident, however:

It’s a brutal shooting season ahead. But if we can make it through, yeah, I think it’s going to surpass season three. The last 3 episodes, there’s so many scenes we’ve been waiting for so long to do. And it just gets more and more fun to write for these characters. After three years of doing it, we have that much more comfort to make everything uncomfortable for them. We’re very excited for it.

(via Entertainment Weekly)

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  • Aeryl

    YYYEEESSSS!!!!!! I am so excited I loved her in Rome(haven’t watched Luther).

    This is the first speaking WOC who’s NOT a slave(former or otherwise)!! And while she’s a woman who’s sexualized, she’s also given a lot more agency than other characters, I LOVE that her and The Red Viper run all over King’s Landing shunning their sexual mores.

    This also gives me hope for more awesome casting for the Sand Snakes(though I know Ellaria’s children aren’t among the warriors, still children).

  • Anonymous

    And don’t forget about her role on Human Target!

  • Anonymous

    I EFFING Love Ellaria Sand. I have been waiting for this casting. Indira Varma has been one of the names thrown around for the character, and I’m super glad that who they went with. Although I’m going to be that nitpicky asshole and point out that TECHNICALLY, Ellaria isn’t a Sand Snake… the Sand Snakes are the daughters of the Viper.

  • John W

    Hopefully she’ll be “ethnic” enough for the internets.

  • Robert McCoy

    The Dornish women are awesome. So are the Mormont women. I know the show can’t do everything, but I wish some of the Bear Island ladies could have gotten some pub.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Well they didn’t cast a white woman, so I’m good.

  • Anonymous

    Great casting!

  • John W

    So am I. Hopefully she won’t be subjected to the same criticism that Pedro Pascal was simply because he wasn’t dark enough for some people’s taste.

  • Anonymous

    Ugh, I love the Mormont women. They are the best.

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    So am I. Hopefully she won’t be
    subjected to the same criticism that Pedro Pascal was simply because he
    wasn’t dark enough for some people’s taste.

  • Nat

    She was also in Torchwood!
    Always been a fan. Can’t wait to see her!

  • Ian Fay

    She was great on one season of Hustle, as well.

  • Anonymous

    Ah Rats! I was rooting for Archie Panjabi but she’s stuck in The Good Wife BS anyway.

  • Anonymous

    Not really sure how that’ll make it work though. They are very obviously not the same ethnicity at all. It’s like giving Salladhor Saan’s white kids now just to pacify the stupid. Makes no sense.