WARNING: The following article contains spoilers from Game of Thrones season eight, episode three.
Melisandre (played by Carice van Houten) returned in Game of Thrones season eight, episode three and had a huge impact on the Battle of Winterfell.
However, she died at the end of the HBO show’s episode when she walked out of the gates of Winterfell and dying after fulfilling her aim of defeating the enemy.
Now, the Red Woman actress has revealed it was not the ending she wanted for the character.
She told Entertainment Weekly: “I expected to live a little bit longer.”
She continued: “But I really liked the way they ended my character. She actually saves the day, so she’s a bit of a hero in the end, which is cool. For a long time she was hated — and fair enough. I got some points when I brought back Jon.”
She liked the actual way she died but was not happy with the limited air time her character got.
In the episode, Melisandre returned and used her magic to light the swords of soldiers to go into battle with a better chance of defeating the White Walkers.
She also lit the trenches around Winterfell and also helped Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) kill the Night King (Vladimir Furdik).
However actress Carice still wanted more for Melisandre: “I would have loved to have more interaction with other actors. She and Cersei would be a good combination.
“I would have liked to know a bit more about her past. Because she was a slave. It would have been a nice moment to show she is human and connect her to others. As an actor it’s more interesting to play doubts and secrets. And it’s nice to tap from your own s**t. I wish we knew a bit more about her s**t.”
An interesting storyline would be for her to feel a renewed sense of purpose and help defeat Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and help someone claim the Iron Throne.
Maisie Williams credits Melisandre for drawing attention to Arya’s destiny to kill the Night King.
She told Entertainment Weekly: “When we did the whole bit with Melisandre, I realised the whole scene with [the Red Woman] brings it back to everything I’ve been working for over these past six seasons – four if you think about it since [Arya] got to the House of Black and White.”
“It all comes down to this one very moment. It’s also unexpected and that’s what this show does. So then I was like, ‘F**k you Jon, I get it’.”
Arya killed the Night King, despite Jon Snow hunting him and seemingly destined for a huge battle.
Melisandre predicted Arya would kill the Night King: “Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes… eyes you’ll shut forever.”
Arya’s killing of the Night King places her as Azor Ahai who is the Prince That Was Promised and is destined to save Westeros.
The prophecy of Azor Ahai reads: “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.”
Meanwhile, it appears Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) could be about to kill Jon Snow (Kit Harington) after the actress’s latest admission.