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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 Finale sees Arya Stark finally embracing her old dream

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Game of Thrones series Finale gave each character their dues, some satisfactory and some not so much. But the Stark kids seem to be doing pretty well! Just as Sansa got her childhood wish, Arya Stark too took her first steps in a direction she always wanted to go.

This post contains spoilers, so stop reading if you haven’t seen the finale yet (but seriously, what are you doing? Hurry up!).

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“What’s West of Westeros?” Arya Stark had asked out back in Season 6. She was talking to Lady Crane, an actress who helped her with a stab wound and let Arya stay at her place. That’s what she really wants, to go off exploring beyond where the maps stop.

She couldn’t then. Arya came back home, avenged her family’s death, saved humanity from the undead invasion and survived the carnage at King’s Landing. All her duties done, and Winter already receding, Arya now goes back to her old dream of becoming an explorer. In the last scenes of Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale, we see Arya sailing on a ship, journeying to the “west of Westeros”.

Arya had always been an anomaly in the rigid society of Westeros. She was expected to marry a lord and bear his children. But Arya never saw herself in that role. That’s why she rejected Gendry’s proposal in episode 4, even though she clearly had affection for him. She knew that marriage, even to someone she loves, will bind her in society’s expectations. Arya rejected that with all her heart.

Game of Thrones may not be as kind to everyone, but I’m glad at least Arya got her happy ending!






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In Game of Thrones Series Finale, a new era dawns on the Small Council

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By the end of the Game of Thrones Series Finale, Westeros is not as it was before. Some changes are big and are immediately visible, like the fate of the Starks and the Targaryens. But some changes are subtle, yet far more impactful in the long run. One such detail is the all-new Small Council of King’s Landing that is formed after the Last War.

This post contains massive spoilers, so be warned!

In an unexpected twist, Brandon Stark was chosen as the King of the Six Kingdoms (North chose to remain out). And as tradition demands, a small council was formed to aid him in the ruling. As Bran’s chosen Hand, Tyrion Lannister presides over the existent Small Council, whose main work is filling up the vacant posts right now. But the people who get precedence in joining the Small Council is quite interesting.

Here are all of them: Ser Davos Seaworth as Master of Ships, Ser Bronn of Blackwater as Master of Coin, Samwell Tarly as Grand Maester, and Brienne of Tarth as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Now let’s have a closer look.

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Davos and Bronn are lowborn – one was a smuggler and another a mercenary. Sam is a Black Brother whose rights to hold power positions were forfeited. The Kingsguards are all knights and women cannot be knights in Westeros. Brienne would have been barred out of this position by her gender alone – and yet here she is.

In the deeply feudal society of Westeros, the four principle advisers to the King are people who have no birthright to be there, yet all of them have gone through enough experience to earn their place (Although Bronn’s position seems to be a trade-off regarding his ‘service’ of the Lannister brothers). That’s a quiet revolution going on right there.

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With the Iron Throne gone and the hereditary kingship system broken (Bran cannot father children and his successor will have to be chosen), the Small Council’s power and prominence grow tenfold. Democracy or not,  interesting times ahead for Westeros!






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Drogon broke the wheel in the Game Of Thrones series finale

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The last episode to the Game of Thrones series dropped today and things went up in flames courtesy Drogon. Tons of spoilers coming up ahead so watch out.

With a little cajoling from Tyrion and yeah, also the fact that Daenerys barbecued thousands of innocent civilians in King’s Landing, Jon FINALLY came to the conclusion that Dany probably wasn’t the best option for Westeros. After a final bout of reasoning where he tried to make her see the light and she refused, Jon finally decided he had had enough and stabbed her in the gut.

Why did Drogon do THAT in the series finale

Drogon then arrived on the scene and upon realising his mom was dead, went on a fiery rampage that didn’t char grill Jon Snow as you would have expected. Instead, he turned on the Iron Throne and melted it to the ground. If you think about it, this was kind of poetic. Daenerys has been talking about breaking the wheel for as long as anyone can remember. The Iron Throne through the often questionable people who sat on it has been the site of injustice and atrocity, and in melting it down, Drogon paid a final tribute to his mother by breaking the final wheel. In addition to this, it was her ancestor who built the Iron Throne using Dragon fire and now Dragon fire was used to destroy it.

The series really did come full circle because the object that everyone’s been fighting over since the very beginning, is now no more.

What did you think of the finale?






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