The Sand Snakes take a bow in a new Making Game of Thrones video

A Game of Thrones behind-the-scenes video has been released giving us our first real look at the Red Viper of Dorne’s daughters, the deadly Sand Snakes. Aside from the fact that it offers a fascinating peek at some cool Dornish weaponry, what’s totally awesome about this video is seeing the three Sand Snakes, who are the bastard daughters of Prince Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) and Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) on the HBO series (but not in George R.R. Martin's books), in action.

The show’s weapons designer, Tommy Dunne, talks about designing the weapons for the Sand Snakes, as well as Areo Hotah’s (DeObia Oparei) famous longaxe. Dunne says he has extended the design a full foot and that the weapon is seven feet long, whereas in the A Song of Ice and Fire books, Prince Doran Martell’s (Alexander Siddig) massive Captain of the Guards’ axe is actually one foot shorter.

Dunne also talks about the three Sand Snakes’ weapons: Obara’s (Keisha Castle-Hughes) spear, which is similar to her father Oberyn’s spear, Nymeria’s (Jessica Henwick) very cool whip, and Tyene’s (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers) deadly-looking daggers, which are called kris blades. This is a bit of a departure from the source, since Nymeria is the one in the books who is a whiz with daggers, while Tyene’s weapon of choice is poison...but it’s easy to understand why they made some different choices for the show, because kris blades look more bad-ass than poison.

Have a look at the video:

What do you think about the overall look and weapons of the Sand Snakes? What about Areo Hotah’s awesome-looking longaxe?

The fifth season of Game of Thrones will premiere on April 12 on HBO.

(via Winter Is Coming)

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