Team Stannis will be waiting patiently for Sunday night, when Dragonstone makes its Season 4 debut. To make that wait a little easier, Carice Van Houten gives details about what’s in store for Melisandre and company in a new interview with The Gate.
Carice reveals that we’ll first see Melisandre performing a certain ritual, and we’ll also get to enjoy the uneasy dynamic between Melisandre, Stannis, and his wife Selyse, as well an interaction with his daughter, Shireen. Family life aside, Melisandre still has her eye on the prize. If Stannis wants to claim the Iron Throne, they’ll have to head towards the war in the north, where Carice says worlds will collide.
On what we can expect in Season 4:
“We start by seeing her doing a certain ritual–I can’t be more specific than that–and then we get a little peek behind the scenes of Stannis’ household. So you see Stannis and his two wives–basically, me and his own wife Selyse–and you get to enjoy the dynamics between the three of us.”
“Of course it’s very tense, but the funny thing is Selyse’s on my side more than anyone else. She is a believer, a true believer in the Lord of Light, so she’s in awe of the fact that I represent this religion. But also I think there must be some sort of jealousy. So we see a little bit more of that, and we see my relationship to their child who is not, per se, on my team–which of course is a nuisance for me. Be assured that Melisandre will convince this child that the Lord of Light is not all bad. She’ll make sure of that.”
On Melisandre’s overall goal:
“She still wants Stannis to be on the Iron Throne. But the interesting thing is that in this season they have to travel because as we know, we left her and Stannis and Davos [Liam Cunningham] in season 3 with that scene where she saves Davos’ life and says the true war is in the north. So they probably need to head in that direction. And then, of course, the worlds collide and that’s when it’s going to get interesting.”
For more from Carice about her experiences working on Game of Thrones so far, read the rest of her interview at The Gate.