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What Will "The Winds of Winter" Bring For Arianne Martell?
Warning: Spoilers Lie Ahead
The Winds of Winter is the sixth book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. This article will take a look back at the previous five installments as well as make predictions on the next chapter in the series. The Reader has been warned that spoilers lie ahead.
Princess of Sun: Queen of the Sands
If I was to be transported to Westeros and claimed the Iron Throne by something other than rights and somehow won the damn thing from all of the contestants to the throne, who would I take as my Queen? Well, now that is the easiest question of the series to answer: Arianne Martell, my friends. Perhaps it is my taste in women, but a tiny 5'2" tanned, curly dark haired gorgeous princess that has curves to go with her fierce temper? Sign me up (Game of Thrones Casting Agent: I beg you to hirer the beautiful perfect Emmanuelle Chriqui!).
Arianne and her entire crew of Dornish Snakes are mentioned heavily throughout the first three books in the series but she specifically doesn't make her grand entrance until the fourth, A Feast for Crows. Events from the third installment, primarily Oberyn Martell, Arianne's Uncle, arriving in King's Landing to exact revenge for his family and hereby dying in the process brings this interesting family to the forefront of the series.
Arianne is the rightful heir to Sunspear, Dorne's ruling city. A city much different in all aspects than most in Westeros, here women can actually rule!
Currently, Arianne's father, Doran is ruling, and she disapproves heavily of his tactics. The sigil of House Martell is a sun pierced by a spear but the family is known to be represented by snakes. They are vengeful and stubborn, Arianne not accepting her Father;e governing style because she tends to side with her Uncle Oberyn who is a bit more hasty.
After Oberyn's death and her father's bouts with disease, Arianne takes on responsibilities as the governing body. She has a general discontentment towards her father because he has in the past continually attempted marriage pacts between her and men from High Borne families that she sees as a slight to herself. Mix this in with the fact that her younger brother Quentyn has been shipped off and Doran refuses to inform her of where or what he is doing leads to the untrust between them. She believes her father is attempting to forego her claim to the throne by supplanting her with her younger brother.
All of the untrust in her family led Arianne to formulate her own plan. Their family was housing princess Myrcella and after King Joffrey's death, Arianne plots to name Myrcella Queen of Westeros by Dornish Law. Was she intending to follow this young new Queen? No, but she was attempting to start a war between King;s Landing and Dorne in the process, refer back to my statement on vengeful and stubborn. In inciting this war she seduces a member of the King;s Guard to help in her plots who ends up losing his life for love.
Before Arianne's plan can come to fruition, she is thwarted by someone ratting her out to her father which leads to her imprisonment and Myrcella being horrendously scarred. After weeks of isolation she is brought before her father and accuses him of plotting against her claim. Doran informs her that he is not as hasty as herself but just as vengeful. He too, wants justice for his dead family members but has gone about it a different way. He purposefully entertained suitors for her who were beneath her so he could deny them until he could wed her to the true heir to the throne, Viserys Targaryen. He intended to reunite House Martell and House Targaryen as they had been in their ruling days and take back Westeros from the Lannisters.
All of these plans were blown up upon learning that Viserys had been killed and Quentyn had died trying to bring his younger sister back. The series has left off with Arianne still in Dorne but previewed chapters of The Winds of Winter show Arianne heading to Griffin's Roost to meet the surviving male Targaryen and attempt to wed him.
What Will The Winds Bring?
Obviously, I can't kill my future Queen. I believe Arianne will have to travel further than Griffin's Roost, to Storm's End to confront this Aegon Targaryen and present herself as a suitable fiancé. I tend to think Aegon's story will continue throughout the final two books but Danaerys is the East will play into the picture. She is fighting for the throne as well and I can see a Targaryen vs. Targaryen battle for the throne, though which families they have help them will be interesting. Arianne and Dorne will support Aegon while the Iron Isles and The Wall will support Danaerys, leading to the all out battle between Ice and Fire! I hope my perfect Westeros woman survives!