The third episode of Season 8 of Game of Thrones, appropriately titled “The Long Night,” featured the longest combat in the show’s history. In the midst of the epic battle, Arya comes face to face with Melisandre, the Red Women and one of the persons on her death list.
Melisandre, in what would be her final exchange with Arya, posed the famous question from Syrio Forel’s “What do we say to the god of death?” to the Red Woman. which was met with a “not today” from her.
In this article, we will examine their background briefly.
Arya’s Encounter With the Red Woman.
Arya met the Red Woman before she began her training as an assassin with the Faceless men. After evading the Lannisters, Arya, Hot Pie, and Gendry visited an inn in Season 3 of Game of Thrones where they were welcomed to drink by the Brotherhood Without Banners. After Sandor Clegane exposed her true identity, the Brotherhood Without Banners retook Arya.
When Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon’s troops arrive at the Brotherhood camp to capture Gendry, Arya finally meets her.
Arya tries to defend Gendry by intervening, but she lacks the martial training she currently has. She becomes so angry that she labels Melisandre a witch and accuses her of plotting against Genry.
Arya tries to help Gendry out by confronting the Red Woman, who she accuses of being a witch. As is her custom, Melisandre shrugs off the insult and hits Arya with a prophecy: “You have a shadowy side, and from of that shadow I can make out eyes peering back at me. Eye colour ranges from brown to blue to green. You’ll inevitably close your eyes for the rest of time.
There will be a next time for us.” Arya is still disappointed that the Brotherhood would sell Gendry for such a small amount of gold, and this comment does nothing to change that. Melisandre, however, is now on Arya’s hit list after this encounter.
We had no idea at the time that this conversation would lead to the end of World War I. So, how’s that for a prophecy?