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New Images From This Week’s Game of Thrones Plus Keisha Castle-Hughes on the Sand Snakes & Being a Fan

ThronesHarpy9Did you know Keisha Castle-Hughes was a big Game of Thrones fan before getting hired to play Obara Sand? Oh yes, she dressed up and everything.

The Whale Rider star joins the cast of the hit HBO series this year and spoke to Vanity Fair about her role and her passion for the show:

Keisha Castle-Hughes gathers with her friends for a Game of Thrones viewing party. For last year’s season premiere, she wanted to dress up as Daenerys Targaryen and dragged her friend around Hollywood Boulevard looking for the famous Khaleesi costume to wear to the party. “My friend had never watched the show and didn’t understand why I was running around looking for a crazy blond wig,” she recalls. “I spoke to her a couple of weeks ago, and now she’s all caught up so she can watch me while I’m on it. She’s like, ‘People will soon be dressing up as you for their parties.’ It’s mind-blowing.”

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The actor previously spoke about her excited she is to join the ranks of the many strong women portrayed on Game of Thrones but told Vanity Fair she can relate to Obara quite a bit.

“I was immediately drawn to Obara. She’s the oldest of all the Sand Snakes, and I am the oldest of five siblings, so I understood that dynamic very well,” she told them. “She’s a daughter who adores her father and misses him. She isn’t one to cry, but what she wants in life is to be exactly like him and to make him proud. She also has love for her sisters. Obara looks after them; but they fight, they are annoying, and they drive her crazy. She has love in her heart, deep down under all the armor.”

Speaking of that armor. There were some rumblings months back when the Sand Snakes’ armor was revealed to have nipples, which was apparently by mistake? But here’s what Castle-Hughes had to say about it:

Obara and her sisters wear armadillo-skin-like chest plates with nipples that give them seductive and alluring looks, which keep their enemies off guard. “Obara wears her armor 24/7,” Castle-Hughes notes. “She always wants to be ready for battle.” As for the nipples: “It’s Game of Thrones! You still have to keep it sexy,” she laughs. Though, she’s relieved that she won’t have to be nude on screen. “Oh my gosh, to think how many people watch the show, like my fifth grade teacher or the parents of my daughter’s friends, that would be embarrassing,” she admits. “I’m so happy that Obara doesn’t have an ounce of sexuality!”

Check out images from this week’s episode, “Sons of the Harpy” in our gallery below.

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