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Ellaria Sand is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of high fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin and its television adaptation Game of Thrones. The character is portrayed by Indira Varma in the TV Show. Ellaria first appears in A Storm of Swords (2000), and while she is only mentioned in A Feast for Crows (2005), she returns in A Dance with Dragons (2011).

Character description

Ellaria Sand is a bastard from Dorne, but is not discriminated for this, as Dorne has different views and customs towards children born out of wedlock compared to the rest of Westeros, where bastards are often discriminated. She is the paramour of Oberyn Martell, as even in Dorne a Prince cannot marry a bastard, and mother to the four youngest Sand Snakes, the bastard daughters of Oberyn. She is vengeful, and like Oberyn, bisexual.


Ellaria Sand is not a point of view character in the novels, so her actions are witnessed and interpreted through the eyes of other people. Ellaria is mostly a background character in the novels.