It’s the time of the year when we start seeing a lot of Game of Thrones actors hanging out around various filming locations. Jessica Henwick, Keisha Castle-Hughes, and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (the actresses behind the Sand Snakes) have yet to be spotted. This makes sense, as most of the filming right now is happening in Northern Ireland, and the Sand Snakes will probably shoot their scenes, assuming they have any, elsewhere.
Another possibility is that the Sand Snakes aren’t coming back for Season 6. After all, their Season 5 storyline wasn’t very well-received, and it’s possible that the producers are hoping to just cut their losses and run. However, a couple of interviews recently uploaded by Red Carpet News TV suggest otherwise.
Okay, so neither Jessica Henwick (Nymeria Sand, aka Boring Spice) nor Keisha Castle-Hughes (Obara Sand, aka Grumpy Spice) definitively state that they’ll be returning for Season 6, but they drop a couple of hints, particularly Henwick.
- For one thing, Henwick hopes that her shock over actually being on the show will sink in “once [she’s] come back for the next season.” Sounds fairly confident.
- For another thing, Henwick says that she’s read the scripts for Season 6. This interview was given at this year’s San Deigo Comic Con, when not all the cast members had had a chance to crack the scripts yet. Presumably, Henwick would only get the scripts for Season 6 if she was going to, y’know, be in Season 6. That’s definitely the strongest piece of evidence.
Henwick’s comments about hating Sansa’s character until watching her go through hell in Season 5 are also interesting. I thought people usually stopped hating Sansa around the time they saw her go through hell in late Season 1, but I guess mileage will vary.
Keisha Castle-Hughes is a little more tight-lipped about Season 6, but it’s still charming to see how big of a Game of Thrones super-fan she is, and how solid a grasp she has of Obara’s character. It’s just a shame Season 5 didn’t give her much of a chance to explore that character. If the Sand Snakes do return, let’s hope that the writers make better use of these talented actresses.