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Sandor Clegane: "There's so many sides in this bloody war. Whose are you on?"
Sarina: "Justice."
— Sarina during her meeting with Sandor "The Hound" Clegane.

Sarina Waters is a major character in Seasons 3, 4, 5, and 6. Initially a recurring character during Seaons 1 and 2, Sarina is a serving girl who works in the Red Keep. It is later revealed that she is the eldest bastard child of Robert Baratheon and a handmaiden of Cersei's whom Robert slept with. During King Joffrey's purge of all of Robert's bastards in King's Landing, Sarina survived being killed and fled from King's Landing. While on the run, she encounters an old hermit simply known as "The Master". The Master agrees to train her to fight against injustice.

Sarina later resurfaces under the name "The Raven", and has become an assassin / vigilante waging a one-woman war against the injustice caused by the War of the Five Kings. She has since become a notorious figure in the Seven Kingdoms, almost like a myth or folk hero, becoming know for her ability to appear and dissappear anywhere as quickly and quietly as shadows, her ability to cheat death, her twin valyrian steel daggers coated in the Tears of Lys, and her personal sigil: a blood red raven. She notably has a long-standing vendetta with Lucius Dragen, originating from her anger at Lucius' monstrous actions during the Sack of Riften, later made more personal when Lucius becomes strangely obsessed with her. She differs from other groups of assassins and vigilantes (such as the Brotherhood Without Banners and the Faceless Men of Braavos) in that she doesn't fight for a particular side, religion, faith, or belief. She is sworn to only one cause: justice.

She later becomes a sleeper agent of Lucius after she fails to kill him. Lucius had her mind brainwashed through the use of the Sunshine milk, which resulted in her killing random innocents across the Seven Kingdoms, including her master, believing that everything she did she did for the greater good.

Background

Sarina is the eldest bastard child of Robert Baratheon and a handmaiden of Cersei Lannister's whom Robert had slept with. When Cersei discovered this, she had the handmaiden poisoned with the Tears of Lys (similar to how Jon Arryn died.) Sarina was still very young when this happened, and was told that her mother died in childbirth. Sarina escaped the same fate due to the machinations of Varys, the Master of Whisperers on King Robert Baratheon's Small Council, who saw potential in her from a young age. Managing to convince Cersei that the baby died in childbirth too (Cersei did not know Sarina's name) Varys managed to get her a position working in the Red Keep as a serving girl.

Season 1

While investigating Jon Arryn's final days, Hand of the King Eddard "Ned" Stark speaks with Sarina and learns that, like Gendry, Lord Arryn questioned her about her parentage as well. Ned learns that her mother was one of Cersei's handmaidens, but that she never knew her father. Ned realizes that Sarina is another one of King Robert's bastards, and is probably his oldest.

After Ned Stark is imprisoned, Sarina escorted Sansa Stark to court. Later, she witnesses the execution of Ned Stark and the chaos in the city that follows. Later, she encounters Varys, who advises her to leave King's Landing. Sarina asks why, but Varys says he can't tell her as he'd be putting his own safety at risk if he did, just that King's Landing was becoming too dangerous for her.

Season 2

When Joffrey gives the order for all of Robert's bastards to be killed, Sarina is seen outside of King's Landing, a sad look on her face. It is unknown how she knew of the coming massacre or how she escaped.

Season 3

Season 4

Sarina learns from a Blackwatch soldier that House Mollen, a Northern noble house and vassals of House Dragen, are planning to rebel against House Dragen. She decides to infiltrate Riften disguised as a refugee named "Jeyne", later becoming a servant of House Mollen (similar to Osha in Winterfell.) But before she can stealthily eliminate any of the traitors, the Sack of Riften takes place, resulting in the deaths of not just the members of House Mollen and their conspirators, but many innocents that had no part in the rebellion.

Sarina learns that the instigator of the Sack of Riften was Lucius Dragen and decides to make him her next target. She discreetly follows him back to Helgen, and later that night, attempts to assassinate him in his private chambers, claiming that he was going to answer for his "heinous crimes". For unknown reasons, Lucius survives the assassination attempt, but due to the fact that Sarina's daggers were coated in the Tears of Lys, he is left sick and bedridden for a brief time. This sparked the beginning of a long-standing vendetta between Sarina and Lucius.

Season 5

Season 6

Personality

Appearances

Season One appearances
Winter is Coming The Kingsroad Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood

Trivia

  • The character of Sarina is described as being a combination of DC Comics' Catwoman and Ezio Auditore from the Assassin's Creed video game series.
  • Sarina is the first major Game of Thrones character to be homosexual, (not counting Renly Baratheon or Loras Tyrell, as neither of them are major characters), and is the first lesbian. So far, she and Steffon Blackgard are the only members of the starring cast to be LGBT.

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