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WARNING: Mildish spoilers ahead for Season 5!

HBO's massive hit, Game of Thrones, won't be returning to invade our personal lives until April, so we don't yet know that much about what to expect.

As someone who's read the books, it's become perfectly clear that us readers don't fully know what's coming either, as the show has deviated quite drastically from George R.R. Martin's original, and unfinished, version.

For example, and this is a mild spoiler, we've already been shown Season 5 images of Tyrion hanging out with Daenerys, even though that hasn't actually happened yet in the books.

But if you've read A Feast for Crows, then you're well aware that the southern region of Dorne is a location we will certainly get a glimpse of in April.

In case you've forgotten, Dorne is the home of Prince Oberyn Martell, who met his untimely fate in Season 4 at the hands of the Mountain (Ser Gregor Clegane).

Dorne is also where Tyrion sent Princess Myrcella Baratheon (Cersei and Jaime's middle child) to be betrothed to Tristane Martell for political purposes several seasons ago.

Myrcella AKA one of the "not-psycho" incest kids.
Myrcella AKA one of the "not-psycho" incest kids.

This is a location rich with important events to come, including the introduction of the Sand Snakes, who happen to be (in my opinion) the best new characters we meet in A Feast for Crows, though the competition isn't necessarily that stiff.

There's no doubt we'll visit Sunspear, Dorne's capitol, but rumor has it some of the other locations have been cut due to story skimming, including plot details surrounding Arianne and Ser Oakheart (who apparently isn't even showing up).

But the important thing is that we still get to meet the Sand Snakes, as evidenced by the trailer for HBO's new special, Day in the Life, which reveals what it took to actually make Seasons 1-5 of [Game of Thrones](movie:817617).

It took a lot of red triangles.
It took a lot of red triangles.

The Sand Snakes are the bastard daughters of Obeyn Martell, who happen to be fierce warriors of different birth origins (some are noble, while some were born from the brothel).

After the death of their father, the Sand Snakes will plot to retaliate against King's Landing, perhaps even beginning their strike against Oldtown (which is located in the Reach). Here's some footage courtesy of the new trailer:

In case you missed it, here's a shot of one of the Sand Snakes taking on someone who appears to be a guard:

That Sand Snake (whose fighting reminds me of Oberyn, of course) is probably either Obara or Elia. But that's assuming the show will follow the books very closely. Really, it could be any of the eight Sand Snakes.

I won't reveal anymore spoilerish things we'll probably see in Season 5, but I'm sincerely hoping they do what I think they will. Though knowing Game of Thrones, it will be revealed in like episode four.

Game of Thrones: Season 5 will premiere April 8, 2015.


Are you excited to see the Sand Snakes in action?


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