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Melisandre shows her true potential in Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3

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Melisandre shows her true potential in Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3

Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 was insane with the longest battle sequence we’ve ever seen in television history. We’ve known this battle was coming since the opening scene of the pilot episode ‘Winter is Coming’. The 82-minutes-long episode gave us the much-awaited battle against the dead but has also given us an insight into the true potential of some of our favourite characters. We’re not talking about Arya Stark here but her propelling factor in this episode – Lady Melisandre.

But, if you haven’t watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones, you should probably watch it first and then come back. You may consider this a spoiler warning.

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

Melisandre  – the Red Woman as we expected ultimately saved the day in Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3. Many like me wondered where she was all this while after making two brief appearances in Season 7 – one of them being her telling Daenerys Targaryen – the prince or princess who was promised will bring the dawn. Yet, it eventually turned out to be a princess who brought an end to the Long Night. But, who pushed her to do it? It was Melisandre. In this post, we will discuss the important moments from Episode 3 that show the true potential of the Red Woman.

#Igniting the Arakhs of the Dothraki

The first 10 minutes of the episode showed us some calm before the storm but in that calm, arrives Melisandre. After her arrival, she asks Ser Jorah Mormont to ask the Dothraki to lift their swords. After holding the arakh of one of them, she mumbles some spells in High Valyrian and magically ignites it and followed by the other arakhs. The Dothraki then charge towards the undead army. Sadly only a few of them manage to come back!

#Lighting the trenches on fire

Dragonglass was widely used in the preparation of the defence mechanism of Winterfell. The area around the fortress was surrounded by trenches we’ve also seen in the opening credits and they were supposed to be ignited to stop wights from breaking in. Unfortunately, Daenerys was supposed to set them on fire but she wasn’t able to see the signal and in the end it was Melisandre, who by mumbling her spells, though initially failing, ignited them and gave the forces some buffer area to fall back.

#Motivating Arya for the final fatal blow to the Night King

We all know how proficiently Arya Stark was fighting the wights in this episode with the new weapon Gendry made for her. Yet, she wasn’t too successful against a full horde of wights given her head injury. As she runs inside the castle for her survival with Sandor Clegane, she comes across Melisandre. We see their small reunion and a callback from Season 3 where Mel reminds her of her destiny:

‘I see a darkness in you and in that darkness, eyes staring back at me…brown eyes, blues eyes, green eyes…eyes you’ll shut forever. We will meet again’

But, an important thing to note here was Arya’s nod to brown and green eyes. Yet she shared a glance with Mel when she reminded her of the ‘blue eyes’ she is going to shut forever. The scene ended with Melisandre reminding Arya of what one says to the God of Death. To which Arya replies, “Not today” and leaves the room. We only come to know in the final moments of the episode of what ‘blue eyes’ meant when Arya kills the Night King.

#Melisandre’s interaction with Ser Davos Seaworth and her death

We were absolutely expecting a face-off between Ser Davos Seaworth and Melisandre on her return to Winterfell. The Onion Knight had promised to execute her himself if she ever returned back North. But, upon their meeting, Melisandre foretells him her own death, which she says will occur before the dawn and asks him not to execute her immediately.

When the battle is over, Melisandre heads outside the gates of Winterfell crossing a pile of dead bodies of the fallen. Though initially, we see only the Hound watching as she passes through the gates, Ser Davos arrives just in time to witness her death. He clutches his sword, we feel that this is the moment he’s going to serve her justice for the death of Princess Shireen Baratheon, but Melisandre herself fulfills her promise of dying before dawn. She puts down her necklace, giving us a rear view of her true form, and then falls – dying in a strange country just like Varys will – probably in the coming episodes.

Though I was expecting the Fiery Hand from Volantis to contribute in the Great War yet Melisandre stood out to be a one-man-army in the latest episode of Game of Thrones. Hats off to you – My Lady!






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I see a darkness in you and in that darkness, eyes staring back at me…brown eyes, blues eyes, green eyes…eyes you’ll shut forever. We will meet again’

You had kind of a strange interpretation of english here. Mel is not referencing the blue eyes she’ll shut forever. The eyes staring back at her, are brown, blue and green. Separately, there are eyes she will shut forever.

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Still doesn’t make up for burning a little girl at the stake.

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Salma Hayek can’t wait to work with Kit Harington in Marvel’s The Eternals

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Game of Thrones has such a big fan following that many Hollywood actors themselves are big fans of the show, and are known to have a fan moment when they run into the cast. We saw one come from one of the most celebrated Hollywood actresses, Salma Hayek, who expressed her excitement about working with Kit Harington. Read on!

Kit Harington, who played the role of Jon Snow on the show was recently announced to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe with The Eternals. He will be playing the role of the Black Knight, a.k.a. Dane Whitman, joining his former onscreen brother Richard Madden (Robb Stark). Also a part of the cast is Salma Hayek, who seems to have recently met Kit for what could possibly be a first table read or something similar for the film. She posted a picture with him to Instagram, with a caption expressing her excitement about working with him:

Well, there’s no denying that Kit, Robb, Salma and others will be amazing in this movie. Set for a 2020 release, we’re expecting to hear more and more about the film in the upcoming months. Are you guys excited yet? Tell us in the comments, down below!






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Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones, says online poll

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Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones; says an online poll

Game of Thrones is one of the most talked-about things in recent times. Although one means no disrespect towards the saga of Ice and Fire, the popular opinion has seemed to lean towards the negative during and after the show’s final season. Inconsistent character arcs, premature swansong, lack of explanation, etc. were some of the opinions floating around the internet and our social circles. The dissatisfaction felt very real when more than a million people signed a petition to urge HBO to remake the final season.

While it’s easy to take the Mountain i.e. the Game of Thrones down on negative howls, it takes a lot more than a Hound to actually do so. YouGov, internet-based market research and data analytics firm proved the same with a recently conducted online survey. It has revealed some interesting data related to our beloved show and its reception among the viewers. And it’s not all negative. Read on!

Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones; says an online poll

The company conducted the digital poll keeping Emmy’s in the eye. It speaks for the nominated shows on behalf of 2475 US adults selected from a panel of 1.2 million individuals. The sample size doesn’t seem so significant and even limits the geography to the USA. Yet it can account for popular opinion due to random sampling involved in the selection of the participants.

Without any further ado, let’s dive into the findings that pertain to Game of Thrones.

The extent of satisfaction: 52% of participants said that they were “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with the final season of Game of Thrones. So yeah, most people seem to be satisfied. However, 41% expressed that they were unsatisfied, with 7% choosing no sides. Not the result one anticipated for Game of Thrones before the final season aired.

Outstanding Drama Series: 18% of people chose the HBO series as the most deserving show to win the Outstanding Drama Series at the Emmy’s; the most for any show. We know that there’s going to be no more Game of Thrones, at least not in the present form. So, it could be an emotional choice or perhaps a callback for the cumulative experience the series has generated over the years. Or maybe, they genuinely liked the whole thing!

Level of Engagement with the show: 18% said that they had watched every single episode of Game of Thrones to date; while a whopping 44% have neither watched a single episode nor intend to; again the most among all the shows. This feels ironical; a show that got more eyeballs than any other show has also managed to escape the fancy of an equally huge number.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss: When asked if they would be interested in watching something that the Game of Thrones showrunners make, 29% expressed an interest while 38% chose to be uninterested in their future ventures. The duo has received the maximum flak for the final season not being up to the mark. No wonder, the results don’t reflect otherwise.

Now, these revelations are not set in stone nor do they speak on behalf of everyone. There is even a margin of statistical error in the analysis itself. But they do involve a methodology and represent a general trend towards the sought-after show. Game of Thrones has sparked conversations with every new season since its inception. And it’s still very much alive, especially with multiple promising prequels in the pipeline. In spite of all that, we can hardly say that the show got an ideal farewell from the viewers.

Most viewers were satisfied with the final season of Game of Thrones; says an online poll

 

If you were to ask us, we would say we were content with the final result; i.e. the final position of every character in Westeros or to the West of it (Arya), although we don’t think this was the best way to reach there. What do you guys think? Tell us in the comments below.






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Emilia Clarke is vacationing in India with Rose Leslie, reveals details on Instagram

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Emilia Clarke is vacationing in India with Rose Leslie, reveals details on Instagram

Game of Thrones stars have had one of the more stressful jobs of the decade, being so popular, and acting in a show that has an intense production as well as the attention surrounding it. So it’s understandable when you hear that the Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke, is currently on a spiritual vacation to India, accompanied by none other than Rose Leslie, who played Ygritte, and they seem to be having a great time. Read on!

Emilia recently posted a bunch of pictures through an Instagram post, showing her and Rose having the best time in India, and even getting robbed by some monkeys. Check it out:

Emilia says in a hashtag in the caption that she was at Ananda Spa Himalayas, and then discusses her off time spent in India with her bestie, Rose Leslie. Looks like the pair left Kit Harington behind on this little trip. Emilia also revealed that they were robbed by monkeys, which is quite a common sight in some parts of India and even included a picture of a bunch of adorable monkeys caught red-handed.

Emilia also seemed to have gotten some reading done in her time in India, and it seems like it was, all in all, a relaxing trip after a decade on Game of Thrones. That’s not all, a while ago, Emilia had revealed that she was about 1/8th Indian, through her grandmother that was half Indian, and that she loved that part of herself.

Well, it’s unclear if the pair are still in India, but you might spot them around if they are. Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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