First ‘Game of Thrones’ Sand Snakes action scene revealed

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As Game of Thrones fans anxiously await the show’s April 12th return, HBO has given them one more thing to scrutinize in a 36 second teaser for a new behind-the-scenes featurette called A Day in the Life.

The preview for A Day in the Life, set to air on February 8th, begins innocently enough by providing fans an overview of the different locations in which season 5 is set. The three locations include Belfast (Northern Ireland), Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Seville and Osuna (Spain). One of the most captivating scenes in the preview, however, begins at the 0:11 mark. Dare to blink and you’ll nearly miss the action.

Over the duration of a few seconds, we are given the first look at an action scene involving one of the Sand Snake sisters, most likely Obara Sand (played by Keisha Castle-Hughes). In the scene, Obara Sand twists, turns and brandishes a long spear against an equally skillful, albeit, unknown character. And judging by her appearance, and in keeping with most of the rumors surrounding her bad-assery, she clearly looks to be a formidable warrior.

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Freeze-frame of one of the Sand Snake sisters brandishing her spear against an unknown opponent.

Castle-Hughes will play one of the three most anticipated siblings to appear this season. Dubbed the Sand Snakes, these three powerful sisters are the bastard daughters of Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne. Like their father, they are skilled with poisons and know how to fight. They are also alluring, scheming and fearless, and now that their (minor spoiler alert) father has been killed, the sisters are on a relentless quest to avenge his death.

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In an interview with stuff.co.nz, Castle-Hughes discusses her role as the oldest of the three lethal sisters who she says “likes to think of herself as a warrior monk[…]some of her favorite pastimes are murdering people with her spear and meditating and picking on her younger sister, oh, and riding her horse.”

“It’s been very intensive,” the actress goes on to say about her training, “my character wields a 7-foot spear, the same as her father, so I’ve had a lot of training in the martial art of Wushu.” Incidentally, Wushu is the same fighting style that Pedro Pascal had to learn in order to prepare for his epic battle scene as Oberyn Martell in The Mountain and The Viper.

With the introduction of the Sand Snakes, this is bound to be a season full of hard fought battles. For now, we can only guess as to who Obara and her sisters will encounter along their path toward murder and revenge. If the rumors are true, we are in for quite a ride.

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