Dutch actress Carice van Houten took to Instagram on March 18 to announce that the rumor that she is pregnant with her first child with Australian actor Guy Pearce is true. The "Game of Thrones" actress even exhibited her good humor by referencing her character Melisandre's memorable birthing in the second season of the HBO series.
Just a month ago, Seth Meyers had Van Houten play as Melisandre in a sketch as his college buddy attending his baby shower for his show, "Late Night with Seth Meyers." Perhaps now is the time to update that sketch and make Seth attend Melisandre's own baby shower. Seth just needs to make sure to give an equally precious gift as the Valyrian steel dagger rattle that Melisandre got for their baby.
Ok. I'm ready for your shadowbaby jokes.
— Carice van Houten (@caricevhouten) March 19, 2016
Van Houten's followers were quick to congratulate the couple, of course, but unlike what the actress expected, there were more jokes about her iconic line "The night is dark and full of terrors" than the shadow baby reference. It was Van Houten's partner, Guy Pearce, who seemed unsure at the prospect of a shadow baby.
Nothing like the prospect of a shadowbaby to change your mind about becoming a Father !! https://t.co/JRjL6YISbl — Guy Pearce (@TheGuyPearce) March 19, 2016
At least Melisandre has already received an official babysitting offer from Davos Seaworth, who was not too excited about watching the red woman give birth to the shadow demon baby she had with Stannis Baratheon.
@caricevhouten I just might babysit this one!
— liam cunningham (@liamcunningham1) March 19, 2016
There were some who wondered who the next target will be.
@caricevhouten Congrats!! I wonder if Guy has a brother? Seriously, best wishes! — IrisDorbian (@IrisDorbian) March 20, 2016
A few who were already looking forward to a baby shower.
— r (@rocar86) March 20, 2016
@caricevhouten Sooo, that baby shower will be fun... pic.twitter.com/qQikIIJtD1 — DjWeideman (@DjWeideman) March 20, 2016
@caricevhouten I'll get you a little valerian steel sword which rattles for the baby shower
— Stephen (@stevemag19) March 20, 2016
Some with a little more imagination about how the red lady will take care of her shadow baby.
@caricevhouten I have none. Just this: #CreditToOriginalOwner #Naturally pic.twitter.com/wBwPnwRnNz — Cersei The Fair (@NiceQueenCersei) March 19, 2016
Van Houten also received some assurances about giving birth.
@caricevhouten if you are lucky it will be born as easy as the shadowbaby.that took like 10 seconds :D
— Azrael (@AzraelGFG) March 20, 2016
@caricevhouten Don't worry about delivery, your last went well ! XD pic.twitter.com/YEkX6GJTXM — Lumiane (@Lumiane3) March 20, 2016
But most people decided to stick with heartfelt congratulations to the couple and play with Melisandre's oft-repeated line throughout "Game of Thrones."
@caricevhouten Congratulations and remember the night is dark and full of cravings ¡¡¡
— Luis Morales (@LMpsychokiller) March 21, 2016
@caricevhouten Congratulations! Soon your nights will be dark and full of feedings! — Greg and Sheryl (@Greg69Sheryl) March 19, 2016
Mellisandre is pregnant in real life. The night is dark and full of hormones. @caricevhouten
— Amit Nagpal (@nagu3) March 20, 2016
@caricevhouten for the womb is dark and full of baby — SuPerGiù (@GiuliaBazzu) March 20, 2016
Congratulations to Carice van Houten and Guy Pearce on their first child together!