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Fan Theories About Melisandre

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  • Did She Get Some Help from Davos to Raise Jon from the Dead?

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    From the look of things, Jon Snow was pretty dead. Davos drops by to see Melisandre after her disco nap to ask her to raise Jon. She’s unsure and defeated because she backed the wrong king. But Davos, who has never been fond of the Red Woman, says, “I’m not asking the Lord of Light. I’m asking you.” There is a theory that Davos could be the link to the resurrection of Azor Ahai and that his joining together with Melisandre is the magic that brought Jon Snow out of his loinclothy death slumber. Or was it Ghost all along? 
  • Did Melisandre Break Jon When She Resurrected Him?

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    If Melisandre is a 400-year-old witch, she certainly has the knowledge and skills to raise the dead, even if she seemed doubtful to Davos. And considering that doubt, is there something off with her magic? George R.R. Martin has cautioned fans in the past about what happens to those who are brought back. "My characters who come back from death are worse for wear. In some ways, they're not even the same characters before. The body may be moving, but some aspect of the spirit is changed or transformed, and they've lost something."  
    Just ask Lord Beric Dondarrion about that. Dondarrion has been resurrected six times. He even admits that he’s not right, losing a piece of himself each time. Will Jon Snow be just a little bit funny when he walks among the living? Whatever state Jon is in, Alliser and Olly better watch their backs.
  • Let’s Talk About That Choker

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    If Melisandre’s necklace holds the power to affect how she is seen, fans were quick to point out that she was in the tub without it back in season four in the episode “Mockingbird” and she looked a lot less vintage. So what gives? In a show where the average budget is $6 million, the script supervisor and all of the forces behind that position aren't likely to make such a huge continuity error.  

    So one theory from Redditor brashendeavors is that Selyse actually did see the Red Woman in her true ancient form (watch the scene again) and the queen was fascinated, appalled, and a whole lot OMG on the inside. Or perhaps Melisandre is in full control of when she will reveal her true self and the choker is just a choker.  

    But… remember that time she poisoned Cressen because he was trying to warn Stannis about her? She drank the same poison he did and lived. And then her choker glowed. 
  • Melisandre Is Jon Snow’s Grandmother

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    Say what?! This fan theory is delightfully fun and gross to ponder. Maybe Melisandre doesn’t even know this herself. But a few fans have flung the theory out into the Thrones universe. If she knows this, then why did she throw in with Stannis and why did she try to seduce her grandbaby? It’s okay to throw up in your mouth a little.