Although Melisandre’s shocking reveal is getting most of the attention in the wake of last Sunday’s season six premiere of Game of Thrones, it’s important not to forget that an entire family line was ruthlessly executed in bloody fashion. Yes, the Martells of Dorne are no more (unless there are some we have yet to be introduced to), as the vengeful Ellaria Sand and her daughters swiftly executed Prince Doran Martell and his son Trystane, among others, to seize control of the kingdom for themselves.
Amid all the carnage that ensued, it’s easy to overlook that Doran was shown reading a written message right before he was killed. We had pretty much assumed that we would never know what was written down on that note, but thanks to a post from the official “Making Game of Thrones” website, we now know not only who wrote the message but also what it says.
The note was written by Jaime Lannister and reads as follows:
“The Princess Myrcella died by poison on our return journey. I suspect Ellaria Sand, not you, but my sister will demand war. I doubt Ellaria’s head will appease her, but it is a start, along with your neices. Your son cannot stay in King’s Landing. I am sending him back on the same ship.”
The note’s contents actually reveal quite a bit of information. We see that Jaime doesn’t necessarily want to go to war with Dorne if the persons responsible for Myrcella’s death are brought to justice, which tells us something about his current state-of-mind. Of course, that leniency is sure to go out the window when he discovers that Ellaria has had the Dornish ruler killed, but it’s interesting to discover that open war between the Lannisters and Martells was not necessarily a forgone conclusion.
We also get clarification on one of the episode’s more jarring plot holes, as it was never really established how Trystane was a) still on a boat and b) on the same boat as two of the Sand Snakes. It seems likely that Trystane’s boat was docked in Dorne when the pair came on board and murdered him.
At any rate, we’re guessing that the next note that Jaime sends to Dorne won’t be quite as agreeable.