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New Pictures of Sand Snakes, Arya and More!

Entertainment Weekly is just a font of Game of Thrones pictures and news this week. Yesterday we got a look at the new covers that included Arya’s amazing new transformation. Today we’ve got portraits of the Snakes, as you can see above, a second picture of Arya’s “All Grown Up Now” transformation, plus one of the always photogenic Jon Snow, as you rarely see him: SMILING!

Check out a great shot of Arya’s new look, plus the Sand Snakes, below!

I cannot get enough of this look on Arya. Back a long time ago at the end of Season 1, when she escaped Baelor dressed as a boy in Yoren’s care, she was a little 11 year old, prepubescent thing. Somewhere over the season since, Maisie Williams (and Arya Stark) quietly grew up, but her outfits up until now haven’t reflected that. The shock of seeing her feminized for the first time in years would be a head turner, even if it wasn’t an awesome tribute to Braavosi fashion.

Talking to EW, Maisie had this to say about her new outfit: “It’s very neutral, very plain, but clean! I have clean hair that actually moves. I came onto the set and nobody recognized me.”

When it comes to resting dourface Kit Harington, this totally counts as smiling. Perhaps because when asked, his response to who he wanted to take on in a fight was….Boromir, aka, Ned Stark.

There’s also other tweets of who characters would fight. Arya’s is a blast.

Make sure you check out all four answers from EW’s cover characters, at the link!

I am amazed how excited this show has me to go to Dorne. Keisha Castle Hughes looks every inch the bad-ass as Obara Sand, eldest of the three (featured) Sand Snakes in the show. The fact that she wields the same weapon as her father once did only adds to the BAMF attitude she’s sporting.

Middle sister, Nymeria Sand (Jessica Henwick), reminds us that you don’t have to wear pants. That clip in the trailers of the barrel being bull-whipped off the head of some poor soul buried up to his neck? That’s her handiwork.

Youngest Sand Snake Tyene (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers), is the wielder of double daggers. On the subject of the sisters, Castle Hughes tells EW:

“We haven’t seen women like this on Game of Thrones before. You have lone wolves like Arya and Brienne, and others like Daenerys or Cersei, who are politically strong surrounded by men. But you haven’t seen women who are strong together and who collaborate – which is a dangerous thing. We’re three girls who are violent and manipulative who are thirsty for Lannister blood.”

Cersei won’t be able to sneer her way out of confrontations with this brood of Sands, I fear.


  • I always imagined Obara as taller and darker skinned–but this actress looks tough enough.

  • Mary Sumner Shepherd:
    Wow, Maisie looks so different in that photo. She looks like the young woman she is instead of a little girl. I’m greatly looking forward to her arc this year.

    Isn’t the character still supposed to be very young?

  • FictionIsntReal,

    People put too much stock into the ages of the characters as they are in the books. The plotlines Sansa, Arya and Bran get as children in the books still very much work – and sometimes even make more sense – in the show when transported to the characters aging into their teens and young adulthood.

  • still disappointed in no Arianne. But Maisie seriously could not be a more perfect Arya. She’s just awesome. If I ever had a daughter, I’d want her to be like Maisie.

  • ROLLING MY EYES. THANKS HBO! All the male fighters have real battle garments… the women with tons of skin to expose and one even has cleavage. This is so stupid. Nothing’s changed.

  • gerry,

    They had Ramsay Snow fighting shirtless. Same with the Dothraki. On the flip side you have Brienne fighting in full plate. The light armor of the sand snakes and even Nymeria’s cloth fit the environment and culture in which they’re fighting.

  • gerry,

    Obara and Tyene are wearing armor that’s pretty similar to what Oberyn wore and it makes sense. Torso is protected, arms and legs unencumbered so they can move (some arm coverage wouldn’t go amiss though). The focus is on agility and evasion. So what if one of them happens to be more feminine in the way she dresses? We’ve yet to see her in a fight so her clothing may well change.

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