In the final episode of Game of Thrones season five, Ellaria and Doran Martell with her daughters, the King of Dorne were seeing off Myrcella, Trystane, Jaime and Bronn who were leaving for Kings Landing.

The last season left off at the sequence where Myrcella falls, and then Ellaria is shown bleeding from her nose, due to the poison she used to kill her.

Now in the season 6 premiere, we see Jaime arriving in Kings Landing (it is right now almost sun down). The show then takes us to Dorne, Ellaria with one of her daughter is in the same clothes as they were in last season. So it is the same day from the final season, only that it just got brighter instead of darker. They get the message about Myrcella, then Doran is killed. Next Trystane is killed (who is seen painting the stone that is put on the eyes of the dead, so he must be in Kings Landing for Myrcella's funeral) but suddenly Obara Sand appears.

What's going on? It makes no sense, the first sequence shows Jaime in Kings Landing, the next show Ellaria and Doran talking and it seems like they have just returned from the port.

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Prince Trystane was assassinated while on a ship that was at King's Landing some time after the assassination of Prince Doran.

The episode doesn't really make this clear, because events in Game of Thrones can be quite apart in time, despite being shown in a linear fashion.

You are completely correct. The events in Dorne do appear to happen directly after the last episode of Season 5.

However since Prince Trystane was on a ship that went to King's Landing, some time must have passed.

How much time? I'm no sailor but the distance between the two looks quite big and I would guess at least several weeks.

Dorne to King's Landing map

Presumably Obara and Nymeria Sand also sailed to King's Landing just behind Trystane Martell.

Things are being shown happening at very different times.

Further evidence for this is that the events at Castle Black all appear to happen in a single day in the episode. I.e. the men watching over Jon Snow and later being confronted by Alliser Thorne.

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    Also relevant: Jaime's letter to Prince Doran. You can read it here: makinggameofthrones.com/production-diary/objects-from-dorne
    – BCdotWEB
    Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 12:21
  • The TV show map shows Dorne in Essos, not Westeros.
    – Chloe
    Commented May 3, 2016 at 18:45
  • That's bizarre if true. Dorne is most certainly in Westeros. Commented May 4, 2016 at 3:22
  • I'm not entirely convinced of my answer after thinking about it. Is it also possible that Prince Trystane was already back in Dorne when he was assassinated? Or was the boat sailing back at the time? Commented May 4, 2016 at 3:34
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    @RowanFreeman the scene cuts place the ship in Kind's Landing. See my answer here movies.stackexchange.com/a/52563/23541
    – cde
    Commented May 5, 2016 at 4:03

Simple explanation, Trystane was sent back by Jaime to Dorne.

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The Princess Myrcella died by poison on our return journey. I suspect Ellaria and not you, but my sister will demand war. I doubt Ellaria's head will appease her but it's a start, along with your neices. Your son cannot stay in King's Landing so I am sending him back on the same ship.

(This is the letter that was sent to Doran by Jaime, as seen in HBO's official blog about Making Game of Thrones)

I assume there will be a big explanation next sunday. Stay tuned ;)

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    The fact that he was painting the stone suggests that he probably was still in King's Landing. Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 13:07
  • And in any case, the Sand Snakes still would have to have gotten on that ship at some point. I doubt he was already back in Dorne when that letter arrived and he was killed, otherwise he would have left the ship already. Nevertheless, it's an interesting point.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 13:10
  • That make sense !
    – Alexandre
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 13:11
  • well, reading this, i now think the Sand Snakes are all together in Dorne. Trystane is painting those eyes on the ship who delivered him back home. The letter was delivered ASAP to the king and the prince wanted to finish his work before the ship was on its way back to King's Landing. My explanation below is now just my second favourite.
    – k1ck4ss
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 8:42


  • Jaime sails off dorne heading for Kings Landing, accompanied by Bronn (who's completely not seen in E1/S6 by the way), Trystane and dead Myrcella
  • two of the three Sand Snakes head also for King's Landing, some time behind Jaime's vessel. The third one and Ellaria stay in Dorne
  • asap, Jaime writes to Doran about Myrcella's death. Just this moment Ellaria and the her daughter assasinate Doran and his bodyguard.
  • the same moment the two other girls kill Trystane

Ellaria and her daughter wearing 'the same' clothes as on Jaime's departure isn't a point since all in Dorne seem to wear the same yellow-fashioned sandy style clothes every day as a sign of their dornish identity.

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    Also, most people in game of thrones wear the same clothes for weeks. Especially soldiers/killers.
    – cde
    Commented May 4, 2016 at 8:30

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