One way that Game of Thrones fans have wooed skeptics to their cause has been to insist that, though the show is fantasy, it's not, like, all wizards and spells and crazy creatures and all that. Yeah there are a few dragons, but mostly this is about people, regular human people, who struggle against one another. Like Rome. And, in some ways, that argument is true. We are not dealing with the high fantasy of Lord of the Rings here. But, as last night's episode of Game of Thrones displayed, there is certainly more magic than "just a few dragons."
Obviously spoilers abound, so please go away if you're going to get upset about that. Everyone else: Shall we talk about the shadow baby? At the end of the episode, mysterious red priestess Melisandre was smuggled onto the mainland by Stannis' righthand man Davos. She then proceeded to disrobe, revealing a pregnant belly, and gave birth right there in a rocky cave. Only, she didn't give birth to a squirming human baby, she gave birth to some sort of hissing creature made of shadows that sort of had hands and feet but also sort of didn't. It was a pretty crazy moment for a show that, while yes dealing with a few dragons and a few frozen zombies, mostly remains in unsupernatural territory. What we're wondering is, will there be backlash against this raising of the magical stakes?