To date, HBO has kept things rather hush-hush in regards to the Game of Thrones prequel series and with good reason — they don’t want any spoilers out there early! Also, there may not be that much in the way of plot info that would make sense without any sort of larger context. We would expect the majority of characters to be complete unknowns within the world of Game of Thrones — we won’t have seen or heard of anyone of them, as the series is reportedly set thousands of years before the era of Jon Snow and Daenerys.
Yet, is there still room for a few familiar characters? There is a chance that the White Walkers, the Children, or a certain red priestess could be around in some shape or form — but let’s focus here on the latter. We know that Melisandre is ancient through most of the run of the series, and there’s a chance that she could actually be thousands of years old. We don’t personally think it’s a big chance, as we think it’s hard to believe that she telegraphed events from the prequel all the way to the events of Game of Thrones proper, but that chance is still there.
Carice Van Houten, who played the Melisandre character for so many years, is also aware of the possibility that she is out there alive — though she also feels it is unlikely that she’d be taking on the part herself. Just take a look at what she had to say on the matter via Deadline:
“I guess you could see a very young Melisandre or something like that. That could be fun … But not in the shape of me. No one has contacted me about it. There are so many great characters, but I personally would have loved to see more of Melisandre’s background.”
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Like with many other actors from Game of Thrones, we’re sure that Carice is interested in tackling new projects and characters that show off a different side. We know that the HBO series was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it was also grueling and all-encompassing. The ending was also controversial and even some actors have expressed disappointment over the final farewell. There is an eagerness for any actor to keep pressing forward, but that may be even more the case here.
The Game of Thrones prequel will not arrive until 2020 at the earliest (if not 2021), so don’t be surprised if you’re stuck waiting a long time for additional information.
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