Bringing attention to spoilers leaked from shows and movies during filming is always a tricky subject. Most of us on this site feel icky about it. We don’t want to release information directors and their teams don’t want out for fear it will lessen the impact of the final viewing experience. We don’t want to lessen the impact. We love the impact! This new tidbit, however, does not appear to be leaked. It appears to be official casting news as reported by Deadline. Still, if you’d rather not know how many new characters we’ll soon be meeting in Westeros, turn back now.
We’ve been hearing about more than one seemingly dead Game of Thrones character who may not actually be quite so dead, and whenever the question of “What? HOW?” comes up, the conversation usually turns to that goddamned Red Priestess, Melisandre. Is she the one who’s going to bring back Jon Snow? Or Shae? Well, it looks like if she is, she may not be working alone. We already knew there were other Red Priests and Priestesses in this world. Remember this one from season five, preaching the wonders of Dany the savior?
Now another one has been cast. Melanie Liburd— who was featured in the Dracula TV show, The Grinder, and has a role in what’s just listed on IMDB as as Untitled Kevin Williamson Psychological Thriller— will be playing an as of yet unnamed Red Priestess.
However, an audition scene for the upcoming season of GoT was leaked over the summer (I know, I know, I was just saying…), and I don’t think it’s presumptuous to assume Liburd is our “Kivara.” Here’s an excerpt as transcribed by Watchers on the Wall:
Tyrion: “Thank you for traveling all this way. I know from personal experience how uncomfortable the journey can be. The truth is, we need your help. Our hope is that we can persuade you to, to …”
Kinvara: “You want my priests to convince the Meereenese that the city’s conqueror is the people’s savior.”
Tyrion/Varys: “We prefer liberator to conqueror.”
Kinvara: “You don’t have to persuade me of anything. I came to help. Daenerys Stormborn is the One Who Was Promised. From the fire, she was reborn … to remake the world.”
Kinvara: “She freed the slaves from their chains and crucified the Masters for their sins.”
Tyrion/Varys: “She did indeed.”
Kinvara: “Her dragons are fire made flesh. A gift from the Lord of Light. But you’ve heard all of this before, haven’t you? On the Long Bridge of Volantis? The dragons purify nonbelievers by the thousands, burning their sins and flesh away.”
Varys: “I suppose it is hard for a fanatic to admit a mistake. Isn’t that the whole point of being a fanatic? You’re always right. Everything is the Lord’s will.”
Kinvara: “Everything is the Lord’s will. Men and women make mistakes … even honest servants of the Lord.”
Varys: “And you? An honest servant of the Lord? Why should I trust you any more than the priestess who counseled Stannis?”
Tyrion: “My friend has a healthy skepticism of religion, but we’re all loyal supporters of the Queen.”
Kinvara: “Everyone is what they are and where they are for a reason. Terrible things happen for a reason. Take what happened to you, Lord [Varys], when you were a child. If not for the mutilation by the second-rate sorcerer, you would not be here, helping the Lord’s Chosen bring light into this world. Knowledge has made you very powerful … but there is still so much you don’t know. Do you remember what you heard, the night the sorcerer tossed your parts into the flames? Should I tell you what the voice said? Should I tell you the name of the one who spoke or where it lives?”
*Kinvara laughs. Clearly, she has successfully unsettled Varys*
Kinvara: “We serve the same queen. If you are a true friend, you have nothing to fear from me.”
Okay, so there’s maybe a thin line between “badass” and “scary evil monster person.”