As it’s between seasons it has been a while since the Game of Thrones crew have annoyed me, but they’re at it again. So firstly they’ve taken three very distinctive characters, Nym, Tyene and Obara Sand – Oberyn Martell’s illegitimate daughters – and dressed them all in matching costumes. No I don’t get it either. Secondly they have added nipples to their leather breastplates. Now I know last season we saw the fireballs being thrown and clearly Dan and Dave are trapped in the 1980’s but that is no excuse for boob armour.

Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jessica Henwick and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers and a stunt-double.

Keisha Castle-Hughes, Jessica Henwick and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers and a stunt-double.

Vulture rather amusingly accused the Game of Thrones costume department of trolling George R.R. Martin. There is a legend that the saying ‘as useless as nipples on a breastplate’ introduced in A Clash of Kings was George’s literary revenge against Joel Schumacher for the Bat-nipples. While a search for ‘nipples’ in your Song of Ice and Fire eBooks brings up rather more incidents than the use of this phrase, it appears it is a favourite saying of the Lannisters.

Dolorous Edd opined that glass knives were about as useful as nipples on a knight’s breastplate – Jon, A Clash of Kings

She blamed Pycelle; he should have told the silent sisters that Lord Tywin Lannister never smiled. The man is as useless as nipples on a breastplate – Cersei, A Feast for Crows

A shield on his right arm would prove about as useful as nipples on his breastplate – Jaime, A Feast for Crows

I should have let the crone have him. He’s going to be as useful as nipples on a breastplate.” Tyrion, A Dance with Dragons

These Kingsguard knights are as useless as nipples on a breastplate” Cersei, A Dance with Dragons

Sand Snakes photos from Game of Thrones Fan.



About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

4 Responses

  1. Underdogge

    Maybe the Sand Snakes are differently dressed when they are out of armour. I’ll reserve judgement as to whether they have been turned into clones until the next season airs (if they have done so it would seem wasteful to cast three different actresses). The armour is odd though. I always had my doubt about some of the fan art drawing women warriors in bikini armour – I know it’s fantasy but a female warrior would want something practical above all surely. I know in one grim (to me) version of the Amazon legend the Amazons were supposed to cut off one breast to make firing a bow easier.

    • Olga Hughes

      Well armour is supposed to be individual to the wearer Underdogge. It could be just for the one scene but the actual breastplates are shockers.
      I have never heard that one before, ouch :O

  2. Jamie Adair

    I don’t know if I would have noticed the nipple armor, but now that I do it seems really sexist and overly sexualized. Body contoured is functional, nipples are not.

    • Olga Hughes

      You’d have noticed in on-screen. It’s just dumb, and you’re right, it is really sexist.