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!
Richard Madden and Kit Harington hit the red carpet at Marvel’s Eternals World Premiere
Game of Thrones stars are no strangers to being in the limelight, but two of the most notable members of the cast have moved on to one of the very few franchises in the world that are bigger than Thrones — the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kit Harington and Richard Madden recently hit the red carpet at Eternals World Premiere, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest film to grace the big screen.
Harington, 34, and Madden, 35, rose to fame after playing half brothers Jon Snow and Robb Stark, respectively, on HBO’s epic fantasy Game of Thrones. They will be reuniting after almost a decade on screen on Marvel’s upcoming movie Eternals, starring as fan favourite superheroes from The Eternals comic book series.
Madden has been tapped in to play Ikaris, a hero from an ancient race of beings descended from celestials. While Harington will play Dane Whitman, aka The Black Knight, a human who gains superpowers after gaining access to a mystical sword.
Harington hit the red carpet with a brown shirt under a pinstriped suit coat, with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows. He also wore matching black pinstriped pants with a black leather watch strapped to his left wrist.
His co-star Madden opted for a more formal look with a black tuxedo coat over a white dress shirt and black bowtie. The actor sported the early scruff of a growing beard on the red carpet, though it was not as full as his co-star. He completed his look with black tuxedo pants and shiny black shoes for the world premiere red carpet event.
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George R. R. Martin loved the House of The Dragon’s teaser trailer
House of The Dragon’s first teaser trailer is finally here! The teaser was released by HBO at the end of the HBO Max European launch event and it features a voiceover by Matt Smith who plays the role of Prince Daemon Targaryen. It broke the internet as soon as it was released, and fans are going crazy over the accuracy and detail shown in the teaser. It was watched by over 10 million viewers in less than three days of its launch! And George R. R. Martin has something to say about the teaser trailer.
Martin wrote on his blog Not a Blog:
“Yes, I know, most of you have already seen this. (What can I say? I am busy. Juggling so many balls, so many projects, posting stuff on my Not A Blog is not my highest priority, so things may always be a little bit behind here).
For the handful who have been off the internet the past few days, however… HBO has released the first official teaser/trailer for HOUSE OF THE DRAGON. Here ’tis.
(And yes, I love it too. Ryan and Miguel and their team are kicking ass and taking names).”
Looking at the current speed of production, we can hope Martin’s earlier prediction about the prequel’s release will come to fruition. What do you think about House of The Dragon? Talk to us in the comments below!
A young Alicent Hightower takes over the Iron Throne in Leicester Square
The filming for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is progressing really smoothly, besides minor delays everything’s looking good for HBO’s high priority project. HBO recently dropped the first official teaser trailer for House of The Dragon, and fans are going crazy about it. That being said, we know that filming for the prequel show will be starting in Spain the next week, and the cast and crew members are gathering up at the Castle of La Calahorra.
The actors are taking a small break from their busy schedule before the shoot resumes, and it seems Emily Carey, who will be playing a young Alicent Hightower in the show is having fun with a replica of the Iron Throne.
— Emily Carey (@TheEmilyCarey) October 8, 2021
Carey recently posted a picture on her official Twitter account. She seems to be enjoying a quiet day at Leicester Square, and her preferred choice of furniture is the Iron Throne replica. She wrote in the caption, “Found this chair in Leicester Square (wearing green was coincidental).” #HOTD #HouseofTheDragon #AlicentHightower
Do you think the future Queen of Westeros was foreshadowing a scene from House of The Dragon? Wearing green was coincidental? Maybe, maybe not. Only time will tell.
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