Ellaria Sand Actress Says She Won’t Be Returning To Game of Thrones

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Warning: This article contains spoilers to the third episode of Game of Thrones Season 7.

Fans of Game of Thrones all know that the fantasy epic is notoriously known for its character deaths and while the third episode of the seventh season wasn't as bloody as other episodes from other seasons of the series, it does mark the end of a couple of popular faces on the show: Dame Diana Rigg's Olena Tyrell and Indira Varma's Dornish hottie, Ellaria Sand.

The Queen's Justice which rolled out on HBO back on Sunday night turned the table on Daenary's (Emilia Clark's) big plan with Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) killing off the Tyrells after Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek) destroyed the Yara Greyjoy's (Gemma Whelan) fleet.


Delivering Ellaria to Cersei, the queen makes quick work of the last Sand Snake, killing the young Martell the same way Oberyn's lover had murdered her daughter, Myrcella. Now, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Varma talks about her end on Game of Thrones, revealing that The Queen's Justice was actually her last appearance in the series.

"[Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] called me, but I kind of knew already. Obviously there's lots of trimming going on. It's all coming to a head and you have to get rid of less important characters that the audience hasn't had the chance to invest in as much. So I was expecting it. I wasn't heartbroken. And I was like, "As long as I die on screen…" and they were like "Yeah!" But of course I don't die on screen. I stay alive, I'm just not going to reappear. I think it's really clever."

It's really cruel how fans are never going to see how Ellaria dies in Game of Thrones – it seems like Cersei really is having the cunning Dornish Rose rot under the Red Keep. Though the Sand Snakes turned out to be quite a disappointment, Ellaria certainly stood out.

Game of Thrones airs its next episode The Spoils of War next Sunday, August 6 at 9pm on HBO.

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