When we last saw Melisandre (Carice van Houten) on Game of Thrones Season 4, she was up at the Wall, gazing through the flames at Jon Snow. The new icy setting should provide an interesting contrast to the priestess of the fire god, so what events await Melisandre in Season 5?
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In the books, a lot of attention is paid to the fact that Melisandre doesn’t get cold at the Wall; she almost emits heat. We’re almost willing to bet money that the show uses this fact to show Mel waltzing around Castle Black sans clothes in Season 5, but let’s get back to her main storyline.
King's blood. Mel is still a little steamed that Davos released Gendry (Edric Storm in the books), so she’s aching to get her hands on more king’s blood. Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall, just so happens to have an infant son, and she plans to sacrifice him to the Lord of Light.
Jon Snow, wanting to avoid baby-killing, swaps the baby with Gilly’s son and sends Gilly and Sam away with the babe to Old Town, out of Mel’s reach. Since we didn’t see any baby in Mance Rayder’s tent in the Season 4 finale, we’re guessing this storyline is cut, and replaced with Mel wanting to burn Stannis’ daughter Shireen instead. Why else would the writers have inserted the scene, absent in the books, of Melisandre convincing Selyse that Shireen must accompany them in the journey north this year?
An interest Jon. Another event foreshadowed in that scene has to do with Melisandre’s potions that mask reality. In the books, Stannis wants to execute Mance Rayder, but Mel wants to keep him alive. So she uses magic to make Mance and another wildling switch appearances, and the other wildling is burned while everyone thinks he’s Mance. Mel then sends the real Mance to Winterfell to rescue Ramsay Bolton’s new bride, whom she believes to be Arya Stark, as a favor to Jon Snow.
Why does Mel care about Jon Snow? While at the Wall, Mel’s visions of her savior, Azor Ahai, begin to show Jon Snow instead of Stannis, leading her to believe that he is the one she has been seeking. She also seems to have a vision of Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven, believing them to be her enemies in league with the White Walkers.
Mel has a vision of Jon Snow being stabbed and she tries to warn him, but he doesn’t listen and he gets stabbed anyway. The books leave off with Jon’s fate unclear, but some fans theorize that he dies and Mel brings him back to life Thoros of Myr-style, but we may have to wait for Season 6 for that, if it occurs at all.
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