Thursday, 12 October 2017

Game of Thrones Gossip #37 Brienne, Davos & Melisandre

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Now I'm looking at the main characters introduced in season two, what our season one characters were doing and looking at all the bests bits. Enjoy the season two posts! 

This Week-Brienne of Tarth, Ser Davos Seaworth and Melisandre

"All my life men like you've sneered at me, and all my life I've been knocking men like you into the dust." Brienne to Jaime

Brienne of Tarth has always wanted to be a warrior rather than a lady, like Arya Stark. Her father allowed her to train to be a knight and she first proves herself by beating Ser Loras Tyrell in combat when fighting in front of newly crowned King Renly Baratheon at his Storms End camp. Renly offers her a prize after being impressed by her skills and Brienne asks to be part of his King's Guard. She has loved Renly since he danced with her to stop others laughing at her years earlier and is devoted in her servi ce of him. Brienne takes offence when Catelyn arrives and does not refer to him as Your Grace but Renly is not bothered by it. Brienne acts as guard while Renly and Catelyn talk but corrects Catelyn when she calls her Lady Brienne, not considering herself to be a lady. She is also at the meeting where Catelyn tries to get Renly and Stannis to come to an agreement to fight the Lannisters with Robb.

Brienne is at the meeting later, helping Renly out of his armour while he discusses an understanding with Catelyn. Renly will recognise Robb as King in the North if he swears fealty and helps him win the Iron Throne. As they talk, the shadow monster glides in and murders Renly who collapses dead into Brienne's arms. Her screams alert two guards who wrongly believe that she has killed him, forcing her to kill the men. Catelyn persuades her that they must flee together if she wishes to avenge his death. Brienne offers to serve Catelyn who accepts her service. After Jaime fails to escape, Brienne tells Catelyn that he will be killed during the night with Robb gone, and Catelyn decides to get Brienne to take Jaime to King's Landing to exchange for her daughters.

Jaime attempts to needle Brienne about her looks and lack of experience with men but when they discover three Stark men who have murdered girls for sleeping with Lannisters, he gets to see just how good a fighter she is, as she easily deals with the three men. He points out that she killed Stark men but Brienne reminds him that she serves Catelyn, not the Starks.  

"I do not judge people for the Gods they worship. If I did, I'd have thrown you in the sea before you ever set foot on Dragonstone." Davos to Melisandre

Ser Davos was a smuggler who worked with pirates but during Robert's Rebellion, he broke the seige of Storms End, saving the life of Stannis Baratheon, his family and his men. As a reward he was knighted, but Stannis also cut off his fingers for the crime of smuggling. Davos has served him ever since and is fiercely loyal to him. He is referred to as The Onion Knight as that is part of what he smuggled in to Stannis, and is a trusted servant.

Stannis has converted to worship the Lord of Light and Davos, despite not being religious, is concerned at Stannis doing the will of Melisandre, the red priestess, and burning the idols of the Seven. He witnesses and tries to stop Maester Cressen from poisoning Melisandre and watches as she is unharmed by the poison while the old maester is killed by it. As Stannis receives the letter from Ned Stark about Joffrey's true father, Stannis declares himself King and ignores the suggestion of Davos to join forces with Renly or Robb to defeat the Lannisters first. Stannis says that both are thieves for his crown and ignores the advice. Davos concentrates on getting ships from his old pirate friend Salladhor Saan and watches in frustration as Renly refuses to give way to Stannis at the meeting with Catelyn.

Davos is tasked with smuggling Melisandre into the caves near Renly's camp and tries to talk Stannis out of it. Stannis refuses and Davos takes her ashore, then watches in utter terror as she gives birth to a shadow monster which then goes on to kill Renly. Stannis doesn't wish to talk about the matter, instead pleased at getting most of Renly's men to come to his side and he starts to plan the invasion of King's Landing. He places Davos in charge of the fleet and agrees to his suggestion to leave Melisandre out of the attack as the men think she rules Stannis. Stannis indicates that Davos will be Hand of the King when he takes the Iron Throne, which proves how highly he rates Davos. As the Battle of the Blackwater begins, Davos wonders where the enemy fleet are and realises too late that the lone ship coming towards them is leaking wildfire. As Bronn sends a flaming arrow their way, Davos watches his son die as explosions start to tear the fleet apart. He is thrown overboard by the blast.

"The Night is Dark and full of Terrors."

Melisandre was born as a slave in Essos and turned toreligion, worshipping the Lord of Light. She came into the service of Stannis Baratheon and has tried to convert him, becoming a trusted counsellor and converting many of his followers including his wife. She has convinced Stannis that he is the Prince Who Was Promised, and that the idols of the Seven must be burned in a beach fire ceremony. She predicts that the dead will rise in the north, which we know has come true, and tells the story of the flaming sword Lightbringer, encouraging Stannis to act out the words of the prophecy as his men cheer. Cressen later makes his attempt to poison her and she drinks it without harm and watches her enemy die. Melisandre next seduces Stannis into cheating on Selyse by promising him a son. 

She is with Stannis when he rides to meet Renly, telling the amused younger brother about the Lord of Light and telling him to look to his sins. A jittery Davos is instructed to take her into the caves near Renly's camp, where she gives birth to the shadow that will go and kill Renly. Despite removing his brother from the situation, Melisandre is not invited to come with the invasion fleet, with Stannis bowing to advice from the freaked out Davos.

After the battle failure, Stannis turns on Melisandre, raging at her about killing Renly for nothing and showing a little regret. He almost stangles her in his anger but she talks him round, telling him that he will do a lot worse before victory is won, and shows him a vision that seems to convince him to trust in her.


  1. You picked really good quotes. Brienne and Ser Davos are two of my favorite characters. Ser Davos is hilarious. Brienne is relatable. I also don’t meet the stereotypical definition of a “lady,” so I like Brienne.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Brienne would've been my hero as a girl! I love that she has fought to be what she wanted to be...a bit like Arya I guess. I love Davos...I really hope he survives to the end as he is a favourite.

  2. I love Brienne but I think you know that because I gush about her all the time. I'm not sure what to think of Melisandre. But I'll always thank her for bringing Jon back! However, I didn't like her hand in that little girl being burned. I just remembered that.

    1. I guess I believe that Melisandre is not all bad and I do like that she brought back Jon. But I'll never forgive her for killing poor Shireen.

  3. I like Brienne. Such a warrior's heart beats in her. And Ser Davos. A quiet man who knows who he is, until its time to not be quiet.. You can tie up Milisandre and burn her. There's nothing she can do to redeem herself in my eyes. What an amazing villain!

    1. I loved watching Brienne help to turn Jaime away from the dark side. That scene where he tells her what really happened in his Kingslayer moment was so touching and emotional.