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People have speculated often on who of her friends "betrayed Arianne and her plan to crown Myrcella". George leads the reader on the one hand by the nose to assume Arianne's plans were actively betrayed, just as Doran and Areo let her believe it. But he also gives us several hints to come to a reliable conclusion.

1. The "crown Myrcella" plan was not an Arianne original. Oberyn had contemplated it and says so to Tyrion. Oberyn likely tried to convince Doran of it too. Sand Snake Tyene proposes a similar scheme to Doran when he returns from the Water Gardens.

2. Once Doran was tipped off that Arianne had plans to provoke a war with the Lannisters, of the three plans that each Sand Snake represents, Tyene's was the most likeliest to occur. Of the three eldest Sand Snakes, Arianne loves Tyene the most. Tyene is as much a confidant and beloved by Arianne as she loves Garin, Drey and Sylva. These 5 are usually together. We can exclude Tyene from being the snitch, since her proposal how to go about this was different than Arianne's actual plan, and though Arianne knew Tyene was locked up, she betrays later during the conversation with her father in the solar that she has no idea under what type of conditions the Sand Snakes are held. Hence Arianne and Tyene had no contact whatsoever after Tyene was held in custody like her two other sisters. But Doran could reasonably assume that Tyene and Arianne discussed amongst themselves how Myrcella would be crowned under Dornish law.

3. Areo Hotah notices an air of confidentiality in aDwD between Arianne and Doran. He knows that Doran included Arianne into a secret that Areo himself does not know. Especially in his aDwD's chapter we are treated to evidence of Areo's perceptiveness. So, he's the one most likely to have realized that Arianne, Arys Oakheart, Sylva, Garin and Drey were up to something.

4. Both Areo Hotah and Doran admit that someone told. Areo says "someone always tells". Doran says that when he was informed, he was taken aback and could at first not believe his daughter would betray him, and therefore let the scheme unfold partially to see it with his own eyes. So, someone did inform them at least part of a plan.

5. Areo knew exactly where to meet and intercept the conspiritors. He waited with a detachment on the pole boat of the orphans on the Greenblood.

6. Only a very few people knew about the first destination after Shandystone. We can rule out Myrcella: she did not even know she was going to be crowned or where she was going, so we can rule her out. Arys tells Arianne that Myrcella never asked questions and did what Arys had told her. Arys was included in the plan of course, but he did not know where they were going exactly, beyond the meeting place Shandystone (the ruins). He asks Arianne about it, but she refrains from telling him at that point. Arianne obviously knows, for she explains part of it to Myrcella, and her inner thoughts betray the route she intends to take.

7. Garin races ahead to the boat and shouts at them to announce their arrival and welcome their queen. Clearly, Garin was the person who Arianne relied on to arrange the boat to travel along the Greenblood to Vaith, and her thoughts suggests she will improvize from there on to get to Hellholt and Sandstone. Neither Sylva nor Drey would have had the contacts to arrange for this. And thus here we have our weak link, which coincides with Areo being able to know exactly where to meet them, as he is on that arranged boat.

8. If it had been Drey, Sylva, Arys or Gerold they would have betrayed the meeting place to Areo or Doran, and then Areo would have been waiting for them at the ruins, not the boat.

9. We learn that the orphans are a gossipy and curious lot. They snooped around on the ship where Quentyn took passage. It is through Garin's cousins that Arianne learned of Quentyn leaving for Essos and with whom. They even found the scrolls that Quentyn had with him, but dared not open it for it had Doran's seal. Doran himself later hints how Garin is a gossip as well, in the context of why he did not want to tell Arianne the secret of her being promised let alone who. He specifically says that Garin is a gossip and Tyene would share it with her Sand Snakes.

10. Garin seems to be a trusting young man, especially of his cousins, who would have been his contacts to arrange a boat to pick them up. So, it would be in his character to have said more than Arianne would have told herself.

11. Earlier in the Tower where Arianne is imprisoned, she thinks of the orphans as naive. And in the context of naivity recalls Garin boasting once of having bedded the girl who serves Arianne in the tower. So, it would be in Garin's character to boast to at least one of his cousins what he and Arianne are up to.

Conclusion:

None of Arianne's friends actually betrayed her. But Garin hired his cousins for the job to get a boat ready, and naively did so boasting of their plans. If initially excited, the cousin had second thoughts and informed Doran or informed an elder orphan who told Doran. Since it was a boast, Doran's doubt whether this information was legit and Arianne would go that far becomes very reasonable.

 

 

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Could it be, that the snitch is Sarella? Because, even if at that time she was not in Dorne, it doesn't mean, that she was unaware of Arianne's plan to crown Myrcella. Sarella/Alleras has access to glass candle, so she could have spied after Arianne, and reported to Doran, what Arianne was planning to do. Alleras could have watched over all of them, and knew what path will they take, what arrangements they made, how they were going to arrive to their destination, where they planned to stop, that they were going to use a boat, etc.

Seems, that Doran knows where Sarella is, and what she is doing, because he said this: AFFC, The Captain of Guards - "Unless she returns to Dorne, there's naught I can do about Sarella save pray that she shows more sense than her sisters. Leave her to her... game." He's aware, that she's at the Citadel, and is pretending, that she's a guy.

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The Coconut God had a well reasoned answer: Andrey Dalt. You can read his reasoning here.

There are symbolic reasons why I like his choice. Andrey Dalt - aka Drey - is brother to Ser Deziel Dalt who is the Knight of Lemonwood. I encourage you to reread the Queenmaker chapter and take note of all the references to lemons and pissing. In other words, symbolically we are being told that Drey "pissed" all over Arianne's plans. Furthermore, because Darkstar prefers to drink unsweetened lemonwater and he leaves the group to take a piss, I think he already knew or at least suspected that Drey had told, and that is why Darkstar tried to convince Arianne to allow him to kill Myrcella before reaching their destination. If he was convinced their plan would work, he would've been patient, but since he thought killing Myrcella was the best way to start a war, it's possible that he already knew the jig was up.

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15 minutes ago, Megorova said:

Could it be, that the snitch is Sarella? Because, even if at that time she was not in Dorne, it doesn't mean, that she was unaware of Arianne's plan to crown Myrcella. Sarella/Alleras has access to glass candle, so she could have spied after Arianne, and reported to Doran, what Arianne was planning to do. Alleras could have watched over all of them, and knew what path will they take, what arrangements they made, how they were going to arrive to their destination, where they planned to stop, that they were going to use a boat, etc.

Seems, that Doran knows where Sarella is, and what she is doing, because he said this: AFFC, The Captain of Guards - "Unless she returns to Dorne, there's naught I can do about Sarella save pray that she shows more sense than her sisters. Leave her to her... game." He's aware, that she's at the Citadel, and is pretending, that she's a guy.

That would work if there had been any literary hints to it. There aren't. All the hints point to the orphans and Garin. On top of that you have to reconcile the information that Doran and Areo Hotah received did not include them knowing about the ruin as the meeting place. Areo would have waited on them near the ruins if they had known it to be the meeting place.

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18 minutes ago, Feather Crystal said:

The Coconut God had a well reasoned answer: Andrey Dalt. You can read his reasoning here.

There are symbolic reasons why I like his choice. Andrey Dalt - aka Drey - is brother to Ser Deziel Dalt who is the Knight of Lemonwood. I encourage you to reread the Queenmaker chapter and take note of all the references to lemons and pissing. In other words, symbolically we are being told that Drey "pissed" all over Arianne's plans. Furthermore, because Darkstar prefers to drink unsweetened lemonwater and he leaves the group to take a piss, I think he already knew or at least suspected that Drey had told, and that is why Darkstar tried to convince Arianne to allow him to kill Myrcella before reaching their destination. If he was convinced their plan would work, he would've been patient, but since he already revealed he thinks killing Myrcella is the best way to start a war, it's possible that he already knew the jig was up.

Drey didn't know which boat it would have been or where it was to be. Drey only knew about the meeting place at the ruins. And if Drey had snitched, then Areo would have known about the meeting place and halted any further plans there, especially the moment they learned Gerold Dayne was involved.

Gerold was not really a person that either Areo or Doran had calculated on being there really. Garin meets him for the first time at the meeting place, and doesn't really like him. So, that would explain Doran and Areo not counting on Gerold being part of the conspiritors: Garin didn't know, so he never told his cousins, who thus never told Doran.

Most of the info dumps in both of Arianne's chapters we get focuses on Garin, his cousins, how they're snoops, curious, naive, boasting, but when it comes down to do not dare to go against Doran.

ETA: I just read both chapters twice today.

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Andrey Dalt was the snitch, he was sent to Norvos to serve wife of Doran as punishment, this is nothing compared to Sylva's marriage to an Estermont when she was the Santagar heir. 

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7 minutes ago, Jova Snow said:

Andrey Dalt was the snitch, he was sent to Norvos to serve wife of Doran as punishment, this is nothing compared to Sylva's marriage to an Estermont when she was the Santagar heir. 

Drey didn't have the correct info to give the info on the boat, nor does he have those contacts. Drey's the heir of Lemonwood. Sylva is heir to Spotswood, and will outlive her old Estermont husband. Doran couldn't do any harm to either of them, without making their parents an enemy. At least she gets to stay in Westeros. Sylva's father was the one who arranged for the marriage btw. Doran didn't punish her. Garin was sent to Tyrosh, to be with orphans there. They all came off fairly well (with their lives), though all are torn for several years from their home.

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I'm inclined to Drey as well. He has an obvious motive, namely the hope to marry Arianne, which he might have believed this show of loyalty toward Doran would have opened the door to. His alacrity in surrendering, and in particular his urging Arianne to surrender as well, can be explained as his just being sensible... but maybe also he's just ready for what happened.

I'm also very uncertain at the idea that Drey did not know about where they were going next. Arianne's explanation of the plan is for Myrcella's benefit, this doesn't mean the rest are in the dark.

 

 

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11 minutes ago, Ran said:

I'm inclined to Drey as well. He has an obvious motive, namely the hope to marry Arianne, which he might have believed this show of loyalty toward Doran would have opened the door to. His alacrity in surrendering, and in particular his urging Arianne to surrender as well, can be explained as his just being sensible... but maybe also he's just ready for what happened.

I'm also very uncertain at the idea that Drey did not know about where they were going next. Arianne's explanation of the plan is for Myrcella's benefit, this doesn't mean the rest are in the dark.

 

 

Can you explain why Areo Hotah did not await them at the meeting place if Drey was the snitch?

Actually we can surmise that neither Sylva nor Drey knew the exact locations  of either the boat or the meeting locatoin. They both arrive together with Arianne. Only Garin and Gerold and Arys journeyed to the ruins all on their own.

 
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Arianne Martell arrived with Drey and Sylva just as the sun was going down, with the west a tapestry of gold and purple and the clouds all glowing crimson. The ruins seemed aglow as well; the fallen columns glimmered pinkly, red shadows crept across the cracked stone floors, and the sands themselves turned from gold to orange to purple as the light faded. Garin had arrived a few hours earlier, and the knight called Darkstar the day before.
"It is lovely here," Drey observed as he was helping Garin water the horses. They had carried their own water with them. The sand steeds of Dorne were swift and tireless, and would keep going for long leagues after other horses had given out, but even such as they could not run dry. "How did you know of this place?"
"My uncle brought me here, with Tyene and Sarella." The memory made Arianne smile. "He caught some vipers and showed Tyene the safest way to milk them for their venom. Sarella turned over rocks, brushed sand off the mosaics, and wanted to know everything there was to know about the people who had lived here."

 

 Drey and Sylva were in on the general plan and knew they'd journey a part by boat, for none of them were prepared fpr an overland journey that would take more than a night. But if Drey never even knew about the meeting place, then how could he inform them where they'd connect with a boat?
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"Prince Oberyn was full of stories." Garin had been with them as well that day; he was Arianne's milk brother, and they had been inseparable since before they learned to walk.

 

Garin knows the place, the same way Arianne does. So, both Arianne and Garin would have been the ones picking this location. They are the minds behind the route.

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I agree with the reasoning of @sweetsunray. The person who betrayed Ariane knew where the boat was leaving from, thus it cannot be Drey, despite him being on face value the most likely candidate.  Good read! 

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Garin arrived at the meeting place, after making arrangements with his cousins, because the first thing he does at the ruins while they wait for Arys and Myrcella is entertain them all with the gossip he has of the orphans. He proves Doran's claim how Garin likes to gossip

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Garin was in a lively mood and entertained them with the latest tales from the Planky Town at the mouth of the Greenblood, where the orphans of the river came to trade with the carracks, cogs, and galleys from across the narrow sea. If the sailors could be believed, the east was seething with wonders and terrors: a slave revolt in Astapor, dragons in Qarth, grey plague in Yi Ti. A new corsair king had risen in the Basilisk Isles and raided Tall Trees Town, and in Qohor followers of the red priests had rioted and tried to burn down the Black Goat. "And the Golden Company broke its contract with Myr, just as the Myrmen were about to go to war with Lys."

It are both Garin and Arianne who inform Myrcella.

 
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"It is a long journey," Arianne said, "but it will go easier once we reach the Greenblood. Some of Garin's people will meet us there, the orphans of the river. They live on boats, and pole them up and down the Greenblood and its vassals, fishing and picking fruit and doing whatever work needs doing."
"Aye," Garin called out cheerfully, "and we sing and play and dance on water, and know much and more of healing. My mother is the best midwife in Westeros, and my father can cure warts."

 

 
Here we see Garin knowing exactly where to go. He rides ahead of them all and knows exactly where it is. None of the others do this. The reason would be because Garin is acquainted with these parts of the Greenblood. He would have been the one to figure out with his cousins where they ought to hide the boat and wait. As an orphan himself, they'd agree on the perfect spot for it. Drey and Sylva would not know this. Not even Arianne could pinpoint that exactly. That's like surfers agreeing to meet up at some beach spot. You might all know you're going to the beach if you're going along with a surfer, but there's no way you'd know which spot he or she means, unless you are a surfer yourself and one familiar with the area, for those are often secluded "you have to know about them" spots. You give those spots "names" which are rarely even the official name.
 
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"We're almost there, Your Grace," Garin told Myrcella cheerfully when they spied more sandbeggars up ahead, a thicket of them growing all around the dry bed of a stream. The sun was beating down like a fiery hammer, but it did not matter with their journey at its end. They stopped to water the horses again, drank deep from their skins and wet their veils, then mounted for the last push. Within half a league they were riding over devilgrass and past olive groves. Beyond a line of stony hills the grass grew greener and more lush, and there were lemon orchards watered by a spider's web of old canals. Garin was the first to spy the river glimmering green. He gave a shout and raced ahead.

We get specific descriptions. For Arianne they are just a line of stony hills and some olive groves and lemon orchards at canals. But Garin would know the name of the location. It's recognizable for an orphan. It would be too general though for anyone else. And Garin agreed to meet at the "great green willow of xyz"

 
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They found the boat half a league downstream, hidden beneath the drooping branches of a great green willow. Low of roof and wide abeam, the poleboats had hardly any draft to speak of; the Young Dragon had disparaged them as "hovels built on rafts," but that was hardly fair. All but the poorest orphan boats were wonderfully carved and painted. This one was done in shades of green, with a curved wooden tiller shaped like a mermaid, and fish faces peering through her rails. Poles and ropes and jars of olive oil cluttered her decks, and iron lanterns swung fore and aft. Arianne saw no orphans. Where is her crew? she wondered.
Garin reined up beneath the willow. "Wake up, you fish-eyed lagabeds," he called as he leapt down from the saddle. "Your queen is here, and wants her royal welcome. Come up, come out, we'll have some songs and sweetwine. My mouth is set for—"
The door on the poleboat slammed open. Out into the sunlight stepped Areo Hotah, longaxe in hand.

 

 
Garin did not just expect any orphan to show up there. These were orphans he knew, and the way he talks I'd say he expected to see his cousins there. It sounds like banter between men and cousins. His declaration of "your queen is here" only makes sense if Garin already informed his cousins who to expect on the boat. His cousins talked.
 
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"[...] If I kept you ignorant too long, it was only to protect you. Arianne, your nature . . . to you, a secret was only a choice tale to whisper to Garin and Tyene in your bed of a night. Garin gossips as only the orphans can, and Tyene keeps nothing from Obara and the Lady Nym."

ETA: it doesn't seem a mystery that George intends to reveal later in the books, and imo that's because you can decipher it quite logically and blatantly yourself from the two chapters we get. We can decipher it from the location where Areo met them, from the focus on Garin, him being the man who would have arranged the boat and the meeting place, and all the focus on Garin in the second chapter. While Arianne thinks of Drey and Sylva as people she loves, a lot of the character focus is on Garin in the Tower chapter. Since he's off to Tyrosh and we'll likely never see him agian, why so much character focus? That only makes sense if the reveal on his characterization is important what came before, not what comes after.

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2 hours ago, sweetsunray said:

People have speculated often on who of her friends "betrayed Arianne and her plan to crown Myrcella". George leads the reader on the one hand by the nose to assume Arianne's plans were actively betrayed, just as Doran and Areo let her believe it. But he also gives us several hints to come to a reliable conclusion.

1. The "crown Myrcella" plan was not an Arianne original. Oberyn had contemplated it and says so to Tyrion. Oberyn likely tried to convince Doran of it too. Sand Snake Tyene proposes a similar scheme to Doran when he returns from the Water Gardens.

2. Once Doran was tipped off that Arianne had plans to provoke a war with the Lannisters, of the three plans that each Sand Snake represents, Tyene's was the most likeliest to occur. Of the three eldest Sand Snakes, Arianne loves Tyene the most. Tyene is as much a confidant and beloved by Arianne as she loves Garin, Drey and Sylva. These 5 are usually together. We can exclude Tyene from being the snitch, since her proposal how to go about this was different than Arianne's actual plan, and though Arianne knew Tyene was locked up, she betrays later during the conversation with her father in the solar that she has no idea under what type of conditions the Sand Snakes are held. Hence Arianne and Tyene had no contact whatsoever after Tyene was held in custody like her two other sisters. But Doran could reasonably assume that Tyene and Arianne discussed amongst themselves how Myrcella would be crowned under Dornish law.

3. Areo Hotah notices an air of confidentiality in aDwD between Arianne and Doran. He knows that Doran included Arianne into a secret that Areo himself does not know. Especially in his aDwD's chapter we are treated to evidence of Areo's perceptiveness. So, he's the one most likely to have realized that Arianne, Arys Oakheart, Sylva, Garin and Drey were up to something.

4. Both Areo Hotah and Doran admit that someone told. Areo says "someone always tells". Doran says that when he was informed, he was taken aback and could at first not believe his daughter would betray him, and therefore let the scheme unfold partially to see it with his own eyes. So, someone did inform them at least part of a plan.

5. Areo knew exactly where to meet and intercept the conspiritors. He waited with a detachment on the pole boat of the orphans on the Greenblood.

6. Only a very few people knew about the first destination after Shandystone. We can rule out Myrcella: she did not even know she was going to be crowned or where she was going, so we can rule her out. Arys tells Arianne that Myrcella never asked questions and did what Arys had told her. Arys was included in the plan of course, but he did not know where they were going exactly, beyond the meeting place Shandystone (the ruins). He asks Arianne about it, but she refrains from telling him at that point. Arianne obviously knows, for she explains part of it to Myrcella, and her inner thoughts betray the route she intends to take.

7. Garin races ahead to the boat and shouts at them to announce their arrival and welcome their queen. Clearly, Garin was the person who Arianne relied on to arrange the boat to travel along the Greenblood to Vaith, and her thoughts suggests she will improvize from there on to get to Hellholt and Sandstone. Neither Sylva nor Drey would have had the contacts to arrange for this. And thus here we have our weak link, which coincides with Areo being able to know exactly where to meet them, as he is on that arranged boat.

8. If it had been Drey, Sylva, Arys or Gerold they would have betrayed the meeting place to Areo or Doran, and then Areo would have been waiting for them at the ruins, not the boat.

9. We learn that the orphans are a gossipy and curious lot. They snooped around on the ship where Quentyn took passage. It is through Garin's cousins that Arianne learned of Quentyn leaving for Essos and with whom. They even found the scrolls that Quentyn had with him, but dared not open it for it had Doran's seal. Doran himself later hints how Garin is a gossip as well, in the context of why he did not want to tell Arianne the secret of her being promised let alone who. He specifically says that Garin is a gossip and Tyene would share it with her Sand Snakes.

10. Garin seems to be a trusting young man, especially of his cousins, who would have been his contacts to arrange a boat to pick them up. So, it would be in his character to have said more than Arianne would have told herself.

11. Earlier in the Tower where Arianne is imprisoned, she thinks of the orphans as naive. And in the context of naivity recalls Garin boasting once of having bed Arianne. So, it would be in Garin's character to boast to at least one of his cousins what he and Arianne are up to.

Conclusion:

None of Arianne's friends actually betrayed her. But Garin hired his cousins for the job to get a boat ready, and naively did so boasting of their plans. If initially excited, the cousin had second thoughts and informed Doran or informed an elder orphan who told Doran. Since it was a boast, Doran's doubt whether this information was legit and Arianne would go that far becomes very reasonable.

 

 

The snitch was IMHO was Gerold Dayne . The others , Arianne has a deep personal relationship to . According to AFFC , she needed Dayne because he had a keep .

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Just now, BRANDON GREYSTARK said:

The snitch was IMHO was Gerold Dayne . The others , Arianne has a deep personal relationship to . According to AFFC , she needed Dayne because he had a keep .

I know many believe so, but his actions to kill Myrcella contradict this.

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At this point this is a moot question, considering that Doran Martell might have other ways besides betrayal to find out what's going on his castle. He could have his own 'little birds' (i.e. spies among the servants) which overhear nearly every conversation in Sunspear. Arianne's friends and companions only need to talk among themselves to allow Doran to learn what's going on, they don't have to betray her.

We do know that Doran himself is very cautious to ensure that no one but the people he wants to talk to overhear him when he is discussing important political issues, so we can be reasonably sure he uses spies and agents to overhear and uncover the plans of others.

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2 hours ago, sweetsunray said:

None of Arianne's friends actually betrayed her.

I agree with that. I've been on the camp of the "no one told" hypotesis for a while now. There is no "snitch".

2 hours ago, sweetsunray said:

But Garin hired his cousins for the job to get a boat ready, and naively did so boasting of their plans. If initially excited, the cousin had second thoughts and informed Doran or informed an elder orphan who told Doran.

it's a reasonable possibility. I believe this is one amongst many ways Doran could have found out... We'll wait and see. But thanks for the well written thread on this topic. I really enjoy the Dornish characters and I like it when the Dornish plot gets the love and attetion it deserves :)

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6 hours ago, BRANDON GREYSTARK said:

Rosemund Lannister ,

I'm sure Rosemund Lannister confirmed the switch and that Arys and Myrcella left, but she sure didn't know Arianne's route whatsoever, or their plan much.

For the boat to have been there, waiting, it would have needed to be prepped before Arianne and Arys even left Sunspear, not long after Garin made the arrangements. Areo left to be on that boat before Myrcella and Rosamund switched.

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Some good arguments all around, but I can't say I think of anything definitive. 

It might be that there was never meant to be a definitive answer. Other than that it is also possible that there was more than one snitch. 

Trying to come up with a reason to wait to arrest the entire party before hand, it seems to me that Doran was either not secure enough to arrest them all at once, feared someone would get away, or did not know who all of the conspirators were. 

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I don't think it matters at this point whether there was a snitch in the group or not. I think Doran not stopping Arianne's plans when he found out and trying to minimize the impact of what she was doing was him wanting to teach his daughter a lesson. She will be the leader of Dorne after he dies and she can't come up with schemes like that without weighing the consequences for herself and for Dorne and her people.

I do wonder what Doran's plan would have been had Gerold Dayne not escaped. 

He made him the scapegoat for the death of Arys Oakheart when we know it was Aero Hotah who did that. And I don't think he was the one who tried to kill Myrcella. There was another person in the group who had motive and the Martells may not be the only ones who want vengeance for the death of a family member.

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I don't know if it would help to examine other "foiled escape" scenarios, but I can think of a couple.

When Ned plans to leave King's Landing, he tells Arya and Sansa. Sansa informs Cersei and Joffrey.

The Redwyne Twins have a connection to Myrcella's Dorne sojourn:

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The Iron Throne keeps the Redwyne twins as hostages for the good behaviour of their father, Lord Paxter Redwyne, during the War of the Five Kings. ...  Horas and his brother, Ser Hobber, attempt to sneak out of King's Landing via the Moonrunner, but the plot is discovered and halted by Varys and Tyrion Lannister.[8]

While Hobber is returned to their father as a show of good faith, Horas remains a hostage in the capital. He is among the procession to see Princess Myrcella Baratheon off to Dorne. When the mob riots in the streets of King's Landing, he saves Lady Tanda Stokeworth's life.[9]

 

When Jon Snow tries to desert from the Night's Watch at the end of AGoT, the Lord Commander tells him that his attempt was anticipated and watched and that he would have been brought back by other means if his friends had not persuaded him to return.

I don't know that there are clear parallel characters in Arianne's arc that would match up with Sansa, Varys and Sam Tarly (Maester Aemon?) in these other examples, but maybe a detail surrounding one of the other snitches could help to identify the tattle-tale in Arianne's story.

On the other hand, the "someone always talks" explanation may be like the vague explanation for how Varys knows so much: "little birds."

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