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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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Game of Thrones Blu-Ray contains "The Long Night" Exclusive Clips!

It has been nearly seven months since the last episode of Game of Thrones aired. Now that the dust seems to be settling down on the show, the Blu-rays are out with some very exclusive content for its fans.

As reported earlier, Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection box set and Game of Thrones: The Complete Series Blu-ray and DVD sets, were released on December 3. Ever since the Blu-rays have been out, the deleted scenes have begun to hit the internet.

It turns out, if you have bought all the goodies of the show, you would have hit the jackpot with some never seen before footage from the show. As per Syfy, there is an exclusive clip from the mammoth battle sequence of “the long night” episode of season 8. The video is titled When Winter Falls.

In the video, Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), and Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) talk about their experiences shooting the episode.

Christie in the videos says “Oh my goodness, it was overwhelming, You’re on this huge set, it’s filled with smoke. It feels like maybe a 1,000 people on the set with extras, crew, and cast.”

Whether we liked the episode or not, even the most ardent critic of the show have been appreciative of the effort that went behind shooting it. Directed by Miguel Sapochnik, “The Long Night” required 55 days of grueling night shoots across 11 weeks.

Entire cast and crew have gone on record talking about their emotional and sometimes even exhaustive experiences of shooting for the show. The behind the scenes footage gives us a slight peek into that experience.

Have you got your hands on Game of Thrones Blu-ray and DVD sets? Let us know in the comments below!






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Kristian Nairn (Hodor) says Game of Thrones Season 8 criticism was undeserved

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Kristian Nairn feels the Game of Thrones criticism was undeserved

If you’re someone that defends Game of Thrones’ ending, you might not be alone. Kristian Nairn a.k.a. Hodor feels that the criticism of Games of Thrones final season was undeserved. Speaking recently at Northern Michigan University, Nairn joined the rest of the cast in the defense of the show. The popular HBO show ended its run earlier this year and received some extreme reactions from fans and critics alike.

He was quoted saying:

We’re all immensely proud of it, I know it was life-changing for all of us. I’m just sad that it’s over, I really am. And not just because I’m dead. […] I was very happy with the series ending, I understand why people were mad. But again I think deep down if people look into the motivation behind it I think they’re more just mad that it’s over.”

Nairn however, went on to add that because the show had stringent timeline for the final season, the makers had to let go off certain subtleties that they had shown in earlier seasons.

He said:

“I don’t think the criticism the show received was deserved.

I think the last season was excellent. My only qualm was that I felt that it could’ve been a little longer — I missed the Game of Thrones of old that paid such attention to small details — like a ten-minute dialogue scene. But, because the clock was ticking and they’re heading towards a conclusion, it lost a bit of subtlety and that was something people loved about the show, it was a show where even the small characters had a role to play.”

Every one who saw the show is always going to remember the Hodor character played by Nairn. He was one of the many actors on the show who had small but an influential character.

Do you agree with Kristian Nairn’s view? Let us know in the comments below!






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Roku will stream the first season of Game of Thrones for free this holiday season

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Roku will stream the first season of Game of Thrones for free this holiday season

Game of Thrones has ended, which means like any other finished TV show, it is now open for a ton of syndication possibilities, to maximise revenue post end of the show. The latest news on this scene is a great one for anybody looking to start watching the show, this late. Roku will be streaming the first season of Game of Thrones for free this holiday season. Read on!

Roku is doing this as a part of its second annual holiday streaming event, called the Stream-a-thon, which streams free television to anyone that owns a Roku device. On this years roster is the first season of Thrones, among other offerings from networks like Cinemax, Showtime, Starz, et al.

There will be other HBO episodes in the mix as well, from hits like Chernobyl and Barry. This festival is a win win for everybody involved, Roku gets promotion for its devices, the networks get subscriptions resulting from this promotion in the form of a free trial, and the viewer gets great devices and some free content.

So if you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift for that friend of yours that doesn’t stream yet, and wants to get into it, especially Game of Thrones, you might want to get them a Roku device, most of which will be on offer prices for the holiday season. Be quick, though, as this Stream-a-thon will run from December 26, 2019 to January 1, 2020.

What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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