Why Are The Sand Snakes Working With Daenerys On 'Game Of Thrones'? The Mother Of Dragons Is Accumulating Allies

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Game of Thrones Season 7 is finally here, and it looks like Daenerys is finally making it across the Narrow Sea. Alongside her are a number of familiar faces, recent converts to the Targaryen cause. How did that happen? For example, why are the Sand Snakes working with Daenerys on Game of Thrones?

It seemed to start with Olenna Tyrell, who went to Dorne and sought to form an alliance with Ellaria Sand and her daughters. But Varys was already there. Varys and Ellaria offered Olenna vengeance in Westeros by way of Fire and Blood. By aligning with Daenerys Targaryen's army, they can fight against a common enemy.

That enemy, of course, is Cersei Lannister. Daenerys has never met the woman who is now her fellow Queen, but her followers have grievances to spare. Cersei is responsible for the death of Oberyn Martell, Margaery Tyrell, and Loras Tyrell at least. Now that she is sitting on the Iron Throne, these Houses are going to be the first to want to oust her.

These women aren't blameless, either — Olenna and Ellaria conspired to kill Cersei's two older children. While I'm more upset about Myrcella's death, for obvious reasons, there is hurt on all sides of this upcoming battle.

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Add that to the legion of House Greyjoy run by Yara, and this is one impressive alliance of royal women. If the show is really setting up a "War of Five Queens" (Cersei, Dany, Yara, Ellaria, Olenna, or perhaps Sansa) to mirror the "War of Five Kings" at the beginning of the series, I love the fact that most of these Queens are already working together.

Presuming that Cersei will be pretty well-protected in King's Landing, we'll see how this quest for vengeance goes on Game of Thrones. Hopefully the Queen of Thorns and the Sand Snakes won't be too impatient. The pace may be fast this season, but I'd hate to see this group split up so soon.