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Game of Thrones season 8: Melisandre return confirmed as fans theorise on character storyline

Quite what the character will be up to remains to be seen 

Jacob Stolworthy
Wednesday 17 January 2018 11:42
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Production on Game of Thrones season 8 is underway with the return of one key character confirmed.

Following a relatively quiet seventh season for the character of Melisandre, it seems Carice van Houten will have a bit more to do when the final season of HBO's fantasy series arrives in 2019.

Quite what the Red Woman will be up to, however, remains to be seen - which hasn't stopped fans from feverishly theorising following a now-deleted Instagram video which provided a few inadvertent clues thanks to the actor's location.

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The last viewers saw of Melisandre, she was headed to Volantis for an as-of-yet unknown purpose. Season 8 will undoubtedly pick up on her mysterious exchange with Lord Varys (Conleith Hill) in which she foretold the prophecy: “I have to die in this strange country - just like you" - but quite where this will occur is still a secret.

According to Winter Is Coming, keen Redditors who used Google Maps to identify a road sign seen in the deleted Instagram video (yes, really), Houten is based near Linen Mill Studios in Corbet-Banbridge, a place production has used for locations such as Riverrun, Winterfell and the Three-Eyed Raven's cave.

Volantis, based in Essos, is the known home of the Lord of Light religion, so it's no real surprise Melisandre is headed there. Intriguingly, the mysterious Golden Company - a collection of 10,000 mercenary sellswords whose services Cersei called upon in - are also based in Essos which could potentially weave Melisandre's conclusion back into the overarching battle for the Iron Thron.

More details when we get them, of course.

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