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The ‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ Trailer is Here!

Underworld is back, and by the looks of it, things are about to get bloodier (and warier?) than ever.

Check out the official trailer for Blood Wars and see what we mean:

Um, yes please.

Kate Beckinsale returns as bad-ass vampiress Selene (duh), and joining her this time around is Theo James (Divergent), who portrays David, and Trent Garrett, who replaces Scott Speedman as vampire boy-toy Michael.

Also joining the cast for Blood Wars are Game of Thrones stars Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) and Tobias Menzies (Edmure Tully).

Blood Wars marks the fifth installment of the 13-year-old Underworld franchise. The film is a direct sequel to Underworld: Awakening, which was released in 2012.

Underworld: Blood Wars hits theaters January 6, 2017.

Are you excited for the latest edition of the Underworld series? Let us know in the comments!

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‘Game of Thrones’: Will Jon Snow be Legitimized?

Jon Snow has been declared King in the North, but that doesn’t mean all the Northern houses will accept a so-called bastard’s claim to Winterfell and its surrounding lands.

For Jon Snow to truly rule the North and Winterfell without opposition, he must first be legitimized as a Stark. Unfortunately for Jon, this isn’t an easy feat to accomplish.

Only a king or queen has the power to legitimize a bastard, a notable past example of this being when King Tommen legitimized Ramsay Bolton at Roose Bolton’s request. Stannis Baratheon once offered to legitimize Jon in return for his aid, but because of that stubborn, stubborn Stark honor, Jon declined his offer. Both Tommen and Stannis are now dead, so as it currently stands, only two people in the realms have the power to legitimize Jon: Cersei and Daenerys.

But don’t hold your breath.

Based on the Lannister’s tumultuous and bloody history with the Starks, it is highly unlikely that Mad Queen Cersei will be legitimizing Jon Snow anytime soon. And as for Daenerys, the woman with a million titles believes that the entirety of Westeros is hers by birthright, so she has no reason to legitimize a man that she will surely view as a political rival.

So short of a full blown political revolution, is there any hope that Jon Snow will be legitimized as Jon Stark/Targaryen?

As it turns out, he may already be legitimized.

In A Storm of Swords, the then King in the North, Robb Stark, makes it known to Catelyn Stark that he wants Jon Snow to succeed him as King in the North and Lord of Winterfell should he perish. Although Catelyn was very vocal against this plan, Robb remained adamant in his decision, declaring that he will legitimize Jon Snow and make him a proper Stark.  Robb was killed during the Red Wedding shortly after this conversation, so we don’t know if he went through with this plan and drafted a royal decree.

If he did, then there’s a good chance that a mysterious Stark ally may hold the key to legitimizing Jon Snow: Howland Reed.

As fans of the HBO series and book series will remember, Howland Reed is the Lord of Greywater Watch and a fierce Stark ally. It was Howland Reed who (in the HBO series) saved Ned Stark from Ser Arthur Dayne at the Tower of Joy. Howland kept the events of that day secret, therefore helping to protect Jon Snow from certain death at the hands of Robert Baratheon. If ever there was an ally the Starks could entrust sensitive intel to, it’s Howland Reed.

Howland is also the father of Meera Reed, and now that his daughter and Bran are heading back over the wall, the elusive Greywater Watch is sure to be a key stop before Bran heads to Winterfell to reunite with his remaining siblings.

Oh the copious amounts of information that mysterious man must know!

All will hopefully be revealed when Game of Thrones returns next summer, or when The Winds of Winter is finally released later this year. Let’s hope for the latter.

Do you think Robb Stark successfully legitimized Jon? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Episode 9: Top 5 Moments

[Warning: the following article contains Game of Thrones season 6 episode 9 spoilers]

The Battle of the Bastards has come and gone, and we have only one word in reaction:

holyshitwowomgomgomg.

Game of Thrones has a long history of throwing the most action and suspense into episode 9, and season 6 was no exception.

Check out what we believe are the top 5 moments from the episode!

5. Yara and Dany meet… & get flirty

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Goodbye Daario, hello Yara!

The sexual tension between Yara and Daenerys was palpable and oh so delicious in episode 9, but before you guys get a little too excited, a hookup between the two is pretty far fetched.

…Or is it?

Anything goes in the world of Game of Thrones, and it wouldn’t be the first time Daenerys had a little fun with another lady (at least as far as the books are concerned).

We’ll have to wait until next season to see how their relationship – business and personal – progresses, but don’t worry, there’s at least 100 fanfics and fanart pieces out there of  Dany x Yara already to hold us all over until next year.

4. Game of Thrones pulls a Lord of the Rings

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Gandalf Sansa reappears in the third act of the Battle of Helms Deep the Bastards with a large army which effectively demolishes the Orc’s Ramsay Bolton’s remaining forces.

The appearance of the Knights of the Vale wasn’t a surprise to a majority of Game of Thrones fans (who else would Sansa have sent that letter to, after all?), but even so, the last minute rescue was immensely satisfying to watch.

3. The monster with questionable pedigree becomes Pedigree

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Ramsay Bolton was devoured by his own hounds in what can only be described as an act of poetic justice…. and it was amazing.

Sophie Turner (Sansa) and Iwan Rheon (Ramsay) absolutely shined in this powerful and haunting performance full of memorable lines, including this symbolic bit:

Ramsay: My hounds will never harm me.
Sansa: You haven’t fed them in seven days. You said it yourself.
Ramsay: They’re loyal beasts.
Sansa: They were. Now they’re starving.
After how Ramsay treated Sansa for two seasons, let’s just say that her mischievous smile at the end of this scene is something most Team Stark fans can relate to on a personal level.

2. Dany’s dragons reunite for an epic aerial fire display

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Rhaegal and Viserion have finally been freed from their dungeon!

Dany’s two smallest children joined very big brother Drogon for a fun little fire drill exercise in the bay, and at mommy’s command, the three brothers laid complete waste to at least one of the Master’s ships.

A great amount of care and effort was put into the CGI for this scene, and the end result proves it.

Scenes involving the dragons have in the past featured some crude CGI (remember the blatantly obvious green screening when Dany escaped the fighting pits on Drogon’s back towards the end of season 5?), but the CGI implemented in this scene was nearly flawless. Some scenes were a little iffy and cartoony (like when Rhaegal and Viserion burst out of their dungeon), but overall the dragon sequence was excellently done.

Special effects team: you done good.

1.  The Battle of the Bastards

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The Battle of the Bastards was the most glorious and incredible battle in the history of Game of Thrones and arguably the history of television.

From beginning to end, the battle featured heart pounding suspense and action that easily left fans clinging to the edge of their seats.

The battle was chaotic, messy, and gory, but excellent editing and filming made the whole bloody ordeal a visual splendor that was easy to follow.

Whether it was the choreography, cinematography, special effects or the acting itself, everything in the battle scene was perfectly done. And as we now know, the whole creation process was a true labor of love for the cast and crew:

Between the dragons, the battle, and all those horses, this episode must have been astronomically expensive.

But hey… it’s not our wallets, right? Thanks HBO!

What was your favorite moment from ‘Battle of the Bastards’? Let us know in the comments!

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‘Game of Thrones’ Just Squashed this Popular Fan Theory

[Warning: this article is dark and full of spoilers!]

Bad news, zombie Catelyn fans… Lady Stoneheart will not be coming to Game of Thrones.

Fans had hoped that the return of the Brotherhood Without Banners would signify the entrance of the character into HBO’s adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, but the reappearance of a certain character has burned that hope on a pyre.

In the novels, the Brotherhood Without Banners stumbles upon the body of Catelyn Stark shortly after the deadly Red Wedding. Beric Dondarrion decides to trade his life for hers and resurrects Catelyn with a kiss of life (or death, depending on your perspective). The newly revived Catelyn takes on the persona of Lady Stoneheart and uses the Brotherhood Without Banners to exact revenge of her enemies.

But with Beric alive and still leading the Brotherhood in the series, it’s now impossible for Catelyn Stark to be resurrected as Lady Stoneheart… even if the show runners wanted to.

As far as we know, red priests are only able to resurrect the dead shortly after death (as seen with Jon Snow and Beric Dondarrion). Catelyn has been dead for years now, so whatever is left of her body will be far too decomposed to resurrect. Well, unless she is “resurrected” as a wight by a White Walker, but that’s highly unlikely (can someone please make fan art of this?).

Lady Stoneheart might not be coming to the series, but thanks to one of the show’s actors, we now have a basic idea of how the big introduction scene may have went down.

Jóhannes Haukur, the actor who portrayed Lem Lemoncloak in the series, acted out his character’s line from A Storm of Swords (which served to introduce Lady Stoneheart) and shared it with his fans on Twitter:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, I guess that’s as close as we’ll ever get to seeing Lady Stoneheart on screen.

Do you agree with the Game of Thrones show runner’s decision to keep Lady Stoneheart out of the series? Let us know in the comments!

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Is ‘Game of Thrones’ About to Reveal Lady Stoneheart?

[Warning: the following article is dark and full of spoilers!]

Lady Stoneheart may finally be introduced in Game of Thrones!

Showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have kept the character out of the series for three seasons now, perhaps because they deemed her too unrealistic for a show where dragons rule the skies and every woman has perfect boobs. But if this season has proven anything, it’s that any and all A Song of Ice and Fire story lines are fair game in the TV adaptation .

Lady Stoneheart, for those of you who don’t know, is a zombified version of Catelyn Stark.

The Freys threw Catelyn’s body in the river after murdering her during the Red Wedding, and in the novels, her corpse was found a couple days later by the Brotherhood Without Banners. Their leader, Beric Dondarrion, was able to resurrect Catelyn by trading his life for hers. However, the resurrection wasn’t perfect. Catelyn’s slashed throat and other wounds were only somewhat healed, leaving her disfigured and unable to speak.

She takes on the persona of Lady Stoneheart and gains control over the Brotherhood, using the group to exact revenge on those who have wronged her… especially the Lannisters and their collaborators.

There is no solid evidence to prove that Lady Stoneheart is in fact leading the Brotherhood in the television series (at least not yet), but if Game of Thrones is planning to go that route, then they’ve laid the foundation for it perfectly.

The audience was freshly reminded of Catelyn Stark and her death this season during one of Bran Stark’s visions, and Walder Frey mentioned her death while planning a coup.

The Brotherhood Without Banners is said to be wreaking havoc for the Freys, and with the group back in the series, it’s only a matter of time before we find out just who is leading them.

My money’s on the character who has the biggest beef against the Freys, Lady Stoneheart, but only time will tell!

Do you think Lady Stoneheart will appear in season 6? Let us know in the comments!

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‘Game of Thrones’: Is Benjen Stark About to Return?

[Warning: the following article contains Game of Thrones season 6 spoilers]

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego Benjen Stark?

The First Ranger of the Night’s Watch and brother of Ned Stark was last seen way back in season 1 of Game of Thrones. He embarked on a ranging mission north of The Wall and hasn’t been seen since, though he has been mentioned several times since his disappearance.

During the season 5 finale, Olly was able to lure Jon Snow to his death with the promise of information concerning his uncle, and earlier in the current season, Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven witnessed a vision of young Benjen and his siblings playing in Winterfell’s courtyard.

Show runners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have purposely tried to keep Benjen fresh in fan’s minds, and now that Bran and Meera are alone, unarmed, and in desperate need of an ally north of The Wall, it might be time for the elusive character to finally reappear and save the day.

This theory is a bit of a stretch, but it’s not without evidence.

The initial trailer for season 6 includes a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene where a man on horseback takes down what appears to be a Wight with a flaming weapon. This mystery man is likely saving Bran and Meera, as the setting of this scene perfectly matches the one shown in the preview for season 6 episode 6, where our young and vulnerable heroes struggle to escape a group of Wights.

Some may argue that this mystery man is Coldhands, a friendly Wight who saves Bran in the novels and brings him to the Three-Eyed Raven, but this is unlikely. Wights are vulnerable to fire, so it makes little sense for one to wield the dangerous element as a weapon.

There is also the possibility that this man is a Wildling, but this too is highly unlikely. All of the Wildlings north of The Wall were either killed and turned into Wights ( remember the battle of Hardhome?) or relocated south of The Wall. And even if there are a few stray Wildlings left, it wouldn’t make sense for this man to be one. Wildlings operate on foot, not on horseback, and this man appears to be dressed in black garb more typical of the brothers of the Night’s Watch than the Wildlings.

And there’s only one member of the Night’s Watch unaccounted for beyond The Wall: Benjen.

It’s possible that Benjen has been lurking in the shadows as part of a covert operation to take down the White Walkers. If this is true, then Benjen likely is the one responsible for burying a large stockade of Dragonglass (one of the only known weapons that can kill White Walkers) north of The Wall for the Night’s Watch to find.

After all, if anyone is well aware of the fact that Winter is coming, it’s a Stark.

The truth will (hopefully) be revealed next Sunday at 9 PM!

Do you think Benjen will return this season? Let us know in the comments!

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‘Game of Thrones’: Why the Tower of Joy is Important

[Warning: while the following article is entirely speculative, it may or may not contain future Game of Thrones spoilers]

Bran’s latest time traveling adventure with the Three-Eyed Raven has led him to the Tower of Joy, meaning that we may soon have the answer to one of Game of Thrones’ biggest mysteries: what happened to Lyanna Stark?

As readers and watchers of Game of Thrones alike will remember, Lyanna was betrothed to her brother Ned’s good friend, Robert Baratheon. During a tourney at Kings Landing, the victorious Prince Rhaegar Targaryen bypassed his own wife, Elia Martell, to wreath Lyanna Stark as the tourney’s Queen of Love and Beauty. Shortly after this event, Rheagar lit the spark that would fuel Robert’s Rebellion by allegedly kidnapping Lyanna and bringing her to the Tower of Joy in Dorne.

The Rebellion ended when Prince Rhaegar was killed by Robert Baratheon during the Battle of the Trident. After the last sword had been swung, Ned Stark then traveled to the red mountains of Dorne to rescue Lyanna, where, as we saw in season 6 episode 3, he and his Northern crew defeated Ser Arthur Dayne and two other members of King Aery’s Kingsguard.

Viewers don’t yet know what Ned will find in the tower, but readers of the A Song of Ice and Fire series should have an inkling of what (or who) it may be.

In A Game of Thrones, Ned claims that he found Lyanna in the tower dying in a “bed of blood”, but the circumstances surrounding her death were never revealed, leading to a slew of fan theories,  the most notable and widely accepted of which is known as R+L=J.

This theory asserts that Lyanna died as a result of childbirth related complications, but before she passed she made Ned promise that he would raise her child as his own and protect the babe from Robert’s imminent wrath. Ned returned home to Winterfell after the war with a baby in tow, which, if this theory is to be believed, would make Jon Snow not Ned Stark’s bastard, but the highborn son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen.

A reveal of this magnitude would be a total game changer for Game of Thrones.

Jon Snow is now released from his Night’s Watch vows thanks to a technicality (a brother’s watch ends when he dies), so he is free to lay siege to Winterfell and take his home back from the villainous Ramsey Bolton and declare himself Lord of Winterfell and King of the North. But if he is indeed the son of Rhaegar Targaryen, then by birthright he would have a claim to the Iron Throne in King’s Landing, as well.

Having Targaryen blood would also make Jon a strong Azor Ahai candidate.

For any of these scenarios to work, Jon Snow will need to be naturalized and rid of the surname “Snow” in order for him to rule anywhere. If Bran’s visions reveal that Lyanna and Rheagar were secretly wed, then Jon Snow will need proof of their union, and as it currently stands, there is only one living character who may be able to vouch for his Targaryen blood and any union between his supposed parents: Howland Reed.

Howland Reed’s location is unknown (his “castle” is said to move), but Bran is traveling with his daughter, Meera, who likely will be able to guide Bran (and Jon, if it comes to it) to the elusive and secretive Lord of Greywater Watch to verify the truth… if indeed that is the truth.

All will hopefully be revealed when Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven revisit the Tower of Joy, but for now, we can continue to happily drive ourselves crazy with fan theories.

What secret do you think the tower is hiding? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

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‘Game of Thrones’: Is Jon Snow Azor Ahai?

[Warning: this article contains Game of Thrones season 6 spoilers]

Jon Snow’s resurrection has brought new credence to the long-held theory that the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch is Azor Ahai reborn.

For those of you who have forgotten, Azor Ahai is a legendary and messianic figure in Asshai lore. It is said that thousands of years ago he defeated the Great Other (the god of darkness) with his great sword Lightbringer, which ushered in an era of light and peace. He is prophesied to return and save the world from the darkness once more.

There will come a day after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world. In this dread hour a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him. – Melisandre, “A Clash of Kings”

We’ve garnered many clues as to who Azor Ahai may be from Melisandre, who has said that the hero will be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone. She believed Stannis Baratheon to be that hero (and tried her best to make it a reality), yet curiously enough, when she would ask the Lord of Light to show her a vision of Azor Ahai, he nearly always would show her something to do with Jon Snow.

I pray for a glimpse of Azor Ahai, and R’hllor shows me only snow – Melisandre, “A Dance With Dragons”

If Jon Snow is Azor Ahai, then he needs to be able to meet three qualifications: he must be born amidst smoke and salt, be able to wake dragons out of stone, and he must be able to wield Lightbringer.

Let’s take a look at his newly updated resume and see if he meets any of these qualifications…

1. Must be born amidst smoke and salt

We can’t speak for the elements present during Jon Snow’s birth, but we can speak for those present during his rebirth.

There is no doubt that smoke was present during Jon’s resurrection (Melisandre threw clippings of Jon’s hair into the flames), but what about the salt?

It’s extremely possible that Melisandre had washed Jon’s body with a mixture of salt and water during the resurrection ceremony, which would have served purposes both practical and mystical.

Salt was used in ancient times by the Romans and Egyptians as an anti-inflammatory and antibiotic, something a newly revived Jon Snow desperately needs considering the fact that he’s ridden with stab wounds. And as far as the mystical arts are concerned, salt is commonly used by witches and mystic healers for purification, and many mystics prepare for their ceremonies by taking a salt bath.

If Melisandre did in fact use salt during the resurrection ceremony, then Jon Snow would have been literally reborn amidst smoke and salt.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that all water, fresh or not, contains traces of good ol’ sodium chloride… but this might be getting a little too technical for Game of Thrones.

2. Must be able to wake dragons out of stone

This qualification has Daenerys Targaryen’s name written all over it, but it’s possible that it may also apply to Jon Snow.

It is implied (but not explicitly stated) that Azor Ahai must have the blood of the dragon, so if the R+L=J theory is to be believed, then Jon Snow does in fact have that fiery blood within his veins.

The prophecy states that Azor Ahai will wake dragons out of stone after he is reborn, so if Jon is to fulfill this part of the prophecy, then we haven’t seen it yet.

Previews of season 6 episode 3 appear to show a young Ned Stark at the Tower of Joy (a central landmark in the R+L=J theory), so Jon may learn the true identity of his parents sooner rather than later. If that happens, then the dragon (Jon) may awaken on a spiritual level.

3. Must be able to wield Lightbringer

Jon Snow once had a dream where he fought the Others with a burning red sword, but he does not currently wield Lightbringer.

 Jon was armored in black ice, but his blade burned red in his fist. As the dead men reached the top of the Wall he sent them down to die again. – “A Dance with Dragons”

However, one could make the argument that Longclaw is Lightbringer, as the battle of Hardhome did seem to mirror the Azor Ahai prophecy.

Whilst trying to rescue a bag full of dragon glass from a hut engulfed in flames, Jon Snow was attacked and disarmed by a White Walker. He managed to find a sword to defend himself, but the weapon turned to dust as soon as it met the White Walker’s ice blade. He found and drew Longclaw from the burning hut and, to both of their surprise, the blade did not shatter upon meeting the White Walker’s weapon.

Sam and Jon theorized that the blade held up due to the fact that it’s made with Valyrian steel, a substance as mysterious as it is rare. Legend says that it was forged with dragon’s fire and magic, so it is entirely possible that Lightbringer is made of this steel.

This is assuming, of course, that Lightbringer is a literal sword.

If Lightbringer is a symbolic sword, and Jon Snow is indeed Azor Ahai, then the Night’s Watch may be that sword. It’s not exactly a far stretch: the Night’s Watch and Lightbringer were both forged to protect the realms from the White Walkers.

Verdict:

This is a complicated theory that relies more on speculation than actual facts.

If we ignore the speculation, then Jon definitely fails the Azor Ahai test. He was not born amidst salt and smoke (that we know of), he has not awakened dragons from stone, and he most certainly does not have a sword made of fire.

Daenerys, by contrast, does meet all of these qualifications (if you consider her dragons to be her fiery sword), but that doesn’t necessarily make her Azor Ahai.

Remember, Azor Ahai will be reborn for one purpose, and one purpose only: to defeat the Great Other and vanquish the darkness.

Daenerys is a sweet girl with a warm heart, but like many of the characters on Game of Thrones, her main interests and concerns are politically charged. She is a player in the fight for the Iron Throne, not a player in the fight against the White Walkers.

Jon Snow, on the other hand, is the only main character who is actively fighting against the White Walkers. If we were to proclaim a character to be Azor Ahai based on intent alone, then he’s hands down our hero.

So is Jon Snow Azor Ahai?

Well, it’s impossible to know for sure this early in the story, but let’s just say you wouldn’t be a fool to put your money on the brother in black.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’: Is Melisandre a Hero?

Is Melisandre a hero or a villain in Game of Thrones?

Killing children and giving birth to demonic shadow assassins usually would be a clear indication of the latter, but the Red Woman is a complicated being. To fully answer this question, wefirst must have a deep understanding of the Red Woman’s history, beliefs, actions, and motives.

Let’s take a look into the flames, shall we?

Melisandre’s History & Beliefs

Before she was not-so-casually seducing men and burning children around Westeros, Melisandre was once a slave from the mysterious city of Asshai, which is located south of the Shadowlands in the south-eastern potion of Essos. She was sold to the Red Temple, subsequently becoming a Red Priestess of R’hllor, a shadowbinder, and the Lord of Light’s biggest fangirl.

Followers of the Lord of Light believe that the earth is dictated by two gods: R’hllor, who is the god of heat, life, and light, and the Great Other, who is the god of ice and death. The two gods are eternally fighting for control of the fate of the world, but, according to prophecy, this struggle will end when the messianic Azor Ahai returns wielding Lightbringer – a flaming sword – and raises dragons from stone.

There are some specific qualifications that Azor Ahai must meet, and these qualifications have been reiterated by Melisandre and other characters throughout the series:

  1. Azor Azai will be born again amidst salt and smoke
  2. Azor Ahai will be able to wake dragons out of stone

“When the red star bleeds and the Darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst salt and smoke to wake dragons out of Stone” -Melisandre

Azor Ahai

Contrary to popular opinion, Melisandre does firmly believe that Stannis Baratheon is Azor Ahai. Or at least she did before Stannis’ head rolled down the snowy hills of Winterfell.

It’s unclear how Melisandre came to this conclusion, but it is possible that she saw a vision of Dragonstone (Stannis’ stronghold) in the flames and put two and two together. Who better to wake dragons out of stone than the Lord of Dragonstone, afterall?

Melisandre, believing that her subsequent visions have further proven Stannis to be Azor Ahai, went to incredible lengths to ensure that Stannis met all of the Azor Ahai qualifications, the most notable example of which occurred in Dragonstone during season 2.

As part of a strange ceremony for the Lord of Light, the Red Woman burned statues of the Seven (the commonly worshipped gods of Westeros) whilst reciting the legend of Lightbringer. She prompted Stannis forward, who then drew a flaming sword from one of the statues and thrust it into the earth. Melisandre declared the sword to be Lightbringer, and because smoke (the fire) and salt (the ocean) were present, she publicly declared Stannis to be Azor Ahai reborn.

The Murder of Renly & the Sacrifice of Shireen

Melisandre looked into the flames and saw great victory for Stannis on the battlefield, but his army was not nearly large enough to accomplish such a feat, so Melisandre took up the task of getting her Lord some more troops.

She seduced Stannis with the promise of a son and had sex with him to receive his seed. After what was the shortest and strangest pregnancy ever, Melisandre eventually gave birth to a creepy shadow which immediately flew off to assassinate Stannis’ brother, Renly. With Renly dead, Stannis was able to take full control of his brother’s army, which was quickly utilized, and quickly defeated at Blackwater. Oops.

Killing your baby daddy’s (or shadow daddy’s) brother usually cannot be described as a kindred act, but it’s very clear that Melisandre sacrificed Renly solely to further Stannis on his path to unite the Seven Kingdoms and lead the inevitable fight against the greatest threat to their existence: the White Walkers.

Sacrifice one life to help protect the life of millions? That’s a no-brainer for Melisandre.

But because that sacrifice didn’t exactly play out the way Melisandre had literally visioned, she questioned the Lord of Light’s happiness, and not her interpretation of her visions (which are often skewed). So she attempted to appease the Lord of Light by burning detractors of R’hllor within Stannis’ camp as further sacrifices, but that didn’t seem to be enough.

Melisandre theorized that she needed to spill king’s blood in order to secure a victory for Stannis at Winterfell and elsewhere, so she kidnapped (well, bought) the bastard of Robert Baratheon, Gendry, with the intention of sacrificing him. But because Davos managed to save Gendry and help him escape, Melisandre was “forced” to sacrifice the next closest person with king’s blood in their veins: Shireen.

Stannis was enraged and disgusted by the idea (no duh, right?), but Melisandre, convinced that this was the only way to ensure victory for Stannis, managed to change his mind, and Shireen was sacrificed on a pyre.

Melisandre’s Remorse

The Red Woman’s faith in her abilities and the Lord of Light began to waver during the season 5 finale and the season 6 premiere.

After Shireen was killed, half of Stannis’ army deserted and Selyse, who was Melisandre’s most devout follower and arguably her closest friend, committed suicide. Upon hearing this horrible news, Melisandre’s confident aura vanished away and was replaced with one of immense disappointment and sorrow. It appeared that she had finally realized the error of her ways, the error of her visions.

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She fled to Castle Black, where she greeted Davos and Jon Snow with a face painted with shame and disbelief.

That shame and disbelief intensified after Jon Snow’s brutal murder, as Melisandre had seen a vision of Jon Snow fighting in Winterfell through the flames – a vision that is clearly now impossible.

She was still wallowing in her sorrow and feeling disillusioned with her abilities when her true form was revealed, which allowed us to finally see the Red Woman for what she really is: frail and weak, inside and out.

Final Verdict

Let’s just say that if the road to hell is indeed paved with good intentions, then the Red Woman likely has her own freeway leading into the flames.

Melisandre is one of the only characters on Game of Thrones who isn’t concerned with the fight for the Iron Throne. Instead, she is far more concerned with the threat that the White Walkers pose, and she is willing to go to any length (including murder) to ensure that man reigns victorious after the inevitable battle between the living and the dead.

But Melisandre’s recent efforts, as good intentioned as they may have been, were far too hasty. She was too eager to believe that Stannis is Azor Ahai, and she was overconfident about her powers of foresight. She set herself (and the Baratheon family) up for failure as a result, and she does seem to be genuinely remorseful.

With that in mind, it is evident that the Red Woman is no villain, but make no mistake, she’s not exactly hero material either.

The Red Woman lacks the courageous, moral fervor that distinguishes characters like Jon Snow and Daenerys from the others. Let’s not forget that she did burn a child to death, after all.

As far as character archetypes go, Meslisandre is a clear antihero: she’s on the right team, but she doesn’t play by the right rules.

Perhaps Melisandre will eventually evolve into the hero type, but only time will tell.

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