Melisandre appeared in only two episodes of Game of Thrones season 7, staying in Westeros just long enough to facilitate a meeting between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen before setting sail for Volantis. When Varys gently warned her not to return lest she receive a less-than-warm welcome, she lived up to her reputation and made a creepy pronouncement. “Oh, I will return dear Spider,” she said. “One last time. I have to die in this strange country, just like you.”
You probably should have just left it alone, Varys. Being on this woman’s bad sign is strange and uncomfortable.
Plot threads on Game of Thrones are rarely left dangling, so we can expect Melisandre to return at some point in the final six episodes of the series, although we have yet to spot actor Carice van Houten on set. However, EveryFckngChicken of the Freefolk Reddit has gathered some clues as to where she may be filming.
It goes like this: per EveryFckngChicken, Van Houten posted a video on her Instagram yesterday (a video that has since been taken down) of her driving at night. The fact that she’s driving on the left side of the road very probably puts her in the United Kingdom. Then there’s the road sign she passed:
A little hunting on Google Maps later, and EveryFcknhChicken came up with this:
This puts Van Houten on the A1 near Dromore, driving southwest from Belfast, where much of the filming for Game of Thrones takes place. Just a few miles down this road, she’ll reach Linen Mill Studios in Corbet-Banbridge, where the production has filmed scenes at locations as diverse as Riverrun, Winterfell, the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave, and more. And while we don’t know exactly what they’ve set up at Linen Mill this year, there’s every indication that filming is going on there.
So given all this, it’s likely that Van Houten is filming material at Linen Mill Studios, and that’s she’s doing it soon. Kudos to EveryFckngChicken on some great detective work.