Carice van Houten
Actors Jesper Christensen (L) and Carice van Houten appear on stage during the 28th European Film Award ceremony in Berlin, Germany December 12, 2015. Reuters/Clemens Bilan

Carice van Houten, who plays Melisandre in the hit HBO TV series “Game of Thrones,” is expecting her first child with Australian actor Guy Pearce and she is ready for “shadowbaby” jokes.

[Spoiler Alert] “Game of Thrones” fans saw the Red Lady deliver a shadow-like creature in Season 2 after promising Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) a son. The shadow-creature killed Stannis’ younger brother Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) who was in rebellion with Stannis for the Iron Throne.

Fans are yet to come out of the shock that birth generated. However, Houten is ready for all kinds of jokes. She took to Instagram and Twitter to break the news.

“Ok. I'm ready for your shadowbaby jokes,” she tweeted.

“Yes. It's true. Let the shadow baby jokes begin,” she captioned the photo posted on Instagram.


Yes. It's true. __ Let the shadow baby jokes begin.

A photo posted by Carice van Houten (@leavecaricealone) on

Houten will be reprising her role as Melisandre when “Game of Thrones” Season 6 returns on April 24. It will premiere on showcase on Foxtel Australia on April 25.

In an earlier interview, Houten revealed that in Season 6, she has “lost her faith a little bit” and she realises that she can be really cruel sometimes, but can’t succumb to emotions. Houten admitted that her character Melisandre has seen a bigger war coming to Westeros and she can’t be worried about these little wars that the self proclaimed kings are waging against each other.

The actress admitted that the fans will get to see “something’s changing in her” after the events of the previous season.

Last year, Houten and Pearce filmed the movie Brimstone. In October 2015, Pearce and ex-wife psychologist Kate Mestitz ended their 18-year marriage. The couple did not have children.

“We've both grown enormously through our relationship, but sadly, the time has come to part ways,” Pearce had said when the two confirmed their divorce.