Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 3 saw Ellaria and Tyene Sand delivered to Cersei Lannister as Euron Greyjoy’s gift. Fans wondered just how Cersei would react to her daughter’s murderer now being her prisoner, and plans were soon revealed. The storyline is the darkest of the season so far, and one of the darkest throughout the last six years.
Indira Varma has spoken out about her character Ellaria and what Game of Thrones fans should expect moving forward. During the interview she confirmed her off-screen fate.
Warning: There are spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7
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Varma knew long before showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss told her about the fate. Seasons 7 and 8 together gave the showrunners just 13 episodes to wrap the storylines. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Varma shared that she knew characters that fans weren’t invested in would have to be dealt with swiftly.
While she wanted her character to be killed on-screen, it appears that isn’t going to happen. Game of Thrones Season 7, “The Queen’s Justice,” is the last time fans will see any of the Sand Snakes. Ellaria will be left in the cell with the rotting body of her daughter, after Cersei killed Tyene with the same poison that killed Mycella. Varma confirmed in the interview that Ellaria Sand isn’t going to return to the show, but will die slowly off-screen.
Varma gave the storyline high praise, sharing how fans just didn’t know what to expect from Cersei until the kiss. That was the giveaway; that Cersei’s revenge (and the queen’s justice) would be a mirror image of Marcella’s murder. It was poetic but dark.
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The actress went on to say that the scenes with Cersei while being shackled were among the hardest she’s had to play. At first, the shackles kept falling off and they crew ended up putting the shackles on so tight that they had to be cut off. To get into the mindset for the character, she just had to let her thoughts delve into the fear of a parent being trapped with her daughter. The whole situation is a parent’s worst nightmare, and that fear was something that took over in the scene.
Do you feel for Ellaria Sand and her daughter, as they remain trapped together? Are you glad that the death will remain off-screen? Share your thoughts below.
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