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Will we see the Temple of the Lord of Light and the Fiery Hands in Game Of Thrones Season 8?

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Game Of Thrones Season 8 is almost here – excruciatingly close, yet still a few days away. Even as the countdown has already begun, the speculations and theories are rife. And while theories such as ‘Bran is Night King’ and ‘Littlefinger is alive’ are discussed with fervor, there is a lesser known theory that just might cut it. It’s about the Temple of the Lord of Light and its role in the Great War that has already reached Westeros. The theory is lesser known because it has its roots in the books. Only the makers know if this theory has any place in the shows. So while we wait to see how things unfold, let us dig into this theory with all its nuances.

What is the Temple of the Lord of Light and who are Fiery Hands?

The Temple of the Lord of Light is the temple of R’hllor in Volantis. In the Remnants of the Dragonlords, an exhaustive work from Archmaester Gramyon, the temple is said to be three times the size of the Great Sept of Baelor. The temple’s High Priest is Benerro, a former slave, a character that hasn’t been introduced in the show. These references are first found in the book Dance With Dragons in Tyrion’s POV. The temple is protected by a special group of a thousand slave soldiers who identify themselves as the Fiery Hands. They have flames tattooed on their cheeks as is the custom of Volantis. And they carry spears with arrowheads shaped like flames.

What’s the significance of the temple of the Lord of Light?

If you are thinking about how the Temple can feature on the show in Season 8 since it never had any significance in the show till now, let’s revisit a scene from Season 7.

In this scene at Dragonstone, Melissandre tells Lord Varys that she is going to Volantis. And when Varys tells her that it’s a good decision since Westeros will be torn in war soon, she says she is coming back to Westeros. One last time. So it’s clear that she isn’t going away to Volantis to find peace or to stay away from the war. She is going there with some purpose and intends to come back. And since the temple of the Lord of Light is in Volantis, and we all know the Red Woman’s devotion to R’hllor, our bet is she is going to the temple.

The flames know…

Whether you believe the old gods or the new, you have to give due credit to the Lord who shows visions in the flames. We know how Melissandre sees Jon Snow in the flames and believes he has an important role to play in the war to come. She literally brings him back from the dead for this exactly.

But in another flame in Essos, High Priest Benerro sees Daenerys as the savior. According to his visions, even death will bend the knee in front of her. (And we know how obsessed Dany is with people bending the knee for her!).

So, with Melissandre believing in Jon, and Benerro believing in Dany, what are the chances that the two of them collaborate to help the world deal with the fight between the living and the dead? We say, quite high!

And let us not forget Kinvara

For those who think it’s too late for the show to introduce an important character like Benerro, let us not forget Kinvara. Kinvara is the High Priestess of the Red Temple (Temple of the Lord of Light) who makes an appearance on the show in Season 6. She comes to Meereen and meets Tyrion and Varys. With flowing red robes and the necklace with a ruby at her throat, Kinvara is every bit as enigmatic as Melissandre. Remember her conversation with Lord Varys as she hints that she knows all his secrets? If you have trouble remembering the scintillating conversation, here’s the video for you.

 

How does all this add up?

So, in the shows, Kinvara has already been introduced as the High Priestess who believes Daenerys is “reborn from the ashes to remake the world”. This makes Benerro as the High Preist a redundant character. But the Fiery Hands can still be quite relevant. Let’s see how.

The Fiery Hands are literally the soldiers of R’hllor. And there is a strong reason why they can be brought into the last season. As the White Walkers, the Wights, and the Night King himself march across the Wall, the living prepare for the great war against the dead. The wights, reanimated by the white walker or the Night King cannot be killed, no matter how you cut at them. There are only three ways to destroy them – Valyrian steel, dragonglass, and fire.

Now, who better to wield burning spears than the Fiery Hands themselves? It all makes perfect sense. Melissandre goes to Volantis and mobilizes the thousand soldiers of the Fiery Hands. We have watched her intone “For the night is dark and full of terrors” countless times. And now, the dark night is coming. In this fight between light and darkness, it is only fitting that the Lord of Light plays an important part.

 

The Fiery Hands will be the helping hands to the dragons!

If the Fiery Hands from the temple of the Lord of Light are brought into the picture by Melissandre and Kinvara, that would be awesome! And knowing Game of Thrones, the makers have all the creative liberties in the world. So, how about the soldiers having some special power related to fire? We have seen Beric Dondarrion (he who is resurrected by the Lord of Light again and again and again) being able to light up his sword with a swipe of a hand. How about the soldiers of R’hllor having a similar power? Game of Thrones fan theories suggest that Jon Snow aka Aegon Targaryen will be saved by these servants of Fire in the nick of the time.

All we can do is wait to see how the war unfolds and whether we will see the Temple of the Lord of Light or the Fiery Hands. But, we sure wish we do. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a thousand people who fight for the R’hllor and destroy the undead? And just imagine how intense the fighting scenes could be! Let’s wait and watch.

In the meantime, we have just launched a Game of Thrones Death Pool so that fans of the show have an interesting activity to participate in during the season. You can vote every week before the episode airs and predict whether a character lives or dies. Get the maximum number of correct predictions by the end of Season 8 to win the Death Pool.







Prachi is an avid reader and a writer. An electrical engineer, she found her calling in writing after going through the motions of a corporate job for more than six years. When she is not reading or writing, she can be found staring into the space contemplating the vagaries of life.

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Balerion, The Black Dread, might not show up in House of The Dragon

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Balerion, The Black Dread, might not show up in House of The Dragon

HBO just dropped the teaser trailer for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon, and it broke the internet as soon as it was released. The highly anticipated prequel series has been HBO’s top priority for quite some time, and judging by the reaction of the fans that the teaser received, we can assume that they were right to do so. Though we witnessed several details about the upcoming show from the teaser, and of course the recent leaks, we didn’t get much information about the dragons, hardly any at all. But the teaser did give a slight hint about a certain dragon, Aegon The Conqueror’s famous ride Balerion the Black Dread might not be there in the series.

Balerion, The Black Dread, might not show up in House of The Dragon

In the teaser, we captured a quick glance at what appears to be a dragon skull. Judging by the size of the skull, and the thousands of lit candles in front of it, we can assume it is the skull of Balerion, who was dead by the time of Dance of the Dragons in Fire and Blood novel.

The size of the skull is comparable, if not slightly bigger than the skull we have seen in Game of Thrones, stored in the Red Keep. Another fact that points towards Balerion’s absence is that HBO recently changed the description of House of The Dragon on their official website. Instead of the earlier synopsis that said the timeline of the show being set 300 years prior to Game of Thrones, it has now been changed to 200 years. Balerion died in 94 AC, when Viserys I Targaryen was still young and hadn’t ascended to the throne. Hence it is very unlikely the dreadful beast will make an appearance, given that the series mainly focuses on the civil war that began after Viserys’ death.

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New House of The Dragon leaks might be showing the first look at Daemon Targaryen’s first wife

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Rhaenyra Targaryen

Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is moving fast with its production, and we can expect a spring release in 2022. Most of the main characters have been cast, and HBO has officially declared who’s playing who in the much-awaited prequel. With set pictures leaking quite often on the internet, the fans are getting a glimpse of more cast members in action. Recently, another rather unknown member of the House of The Dragon cast came into the limelight, via a leaked picture from the Aldershot set posted by Portal House of The Dragon Brasil.

One of the most common theories about the cast member in question is that she’s playing Prince Daemon Targaryen’s first wife Rhea Royce. This is how the character’s wiki describes her:

In 97 AC, Queen Alysanne Targaryen wed her grandson, Prince Daemon Targaryen, to Lady Rhea Royce, the heir to Runestone. Although the marriage was a fine, rich match, the marriage was not a success. Daemon found the Vale of Arryn little to his liking and grew bored. He soon developed a dislike for his wife, holding no love or affection toward Rhea, referring to her as his bronze bitch, a mocking reference to the ancient armour of the Royces. Rhea likewise had no love for Daemon, and they were soon estranged.”

Well, the armour certainly checks out, but other details about the character are currently under wraps. Who do you think the character from the recent leaks is? Tell us in the comments below!







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Recent leaks from the set of House of The Dragon point at Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon’s wedding celebrations?

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Filming for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is moving very swiftly, as evident from the frequent leaks we’re witnessing with every passing day. Though HBO has been mum about revealing any more info about the show, these periodic leaks are causing waves of excitement amongst the fans, as they’re left wondering and speculating who’s who in the new set pictures. Here’s one of the theories we have been pondering about looking at the most recent leaks, the crew of House of The Dragon is gearing up for a tourney being held for Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon’s wedding celebrations.

Theo Nate to play Laenor Velaryon in Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon

There are plenty of factors that point towards the above conclusion. One, in the last few days, we have seen a few leaks showing a young Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon taking a walk together on a beach. Two, we recently had more pictures of Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen filming on set, one in Royal costume and the newest ones in Targaryen battle gear. Props for his dragon Caraxes were not spotted as well, and since he mostly rides Caraxes for a battle, it seems more than likely that he’s donning the armour for a tourney.

Matt Smith spotted in Targaryen battle gear on House of The Dragon set

Matt Smith spotted in Targaryen battle gear on House of The Dragon set

Also, there were pictures of a Targaryen camp being set up, close to the place where Daemon Targaryen was spotted in costume. There are not many soldiers in the view, so it doesn’t seem to be like a preparation for war.

Fresh leaks from the set of House of The Dragon show Targaryen camps being constructed on Holywell Beach

However, one of the flaws to the theory is that in the book, the tourney was held at King’s Landing, while all the shots above have been taken close to a beach. Tell us about your theories in the comments below!







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