The ‘Game of Thrones’ season 6 premiere was titled ‘The Red Woman,’ and she’s the girl on everyone’s minds. While most of us thought we knew her, she’s a mystery after that shocking premiere twist. Here’s what we know about the Red Woman.
The Red Woman continues to be an enigma on Game of Thrones. The Red Woman revealed her true age on the season 6 premiere, leaving fans in shock. Who really is the Red Woman? Let’s break down what we know.
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1. The Red Woman is Melisandre.
When Melisandre joined Stannis Baratheon’s court, the Red Priestess was nicknamed the “Red Woman.” But Melisandre isn’t who she says she is…
2. The Red Woman is very, very old.
Melisandre has always had the upper hand on the show, and she’s always remained a mystery — until now. In the season 6 premiere, Melisandre revealed her true self. She’s actually an old woman, who’s been around for who knows how long. Carice Van Houten teased that Melisandre is “way over 100 years” old back in 2012.
Game of Thrones showrunner Dan Weiss notes in the Inside the Episode segment that the decision to reveal Melisandre’s true age was because she needed to “come to terms with where she stands now.” The Lord of Light’s “promises and messages to her were lies,” so she needed to confront some sort of truth in her life.
3. The ruby choker is very important to the Red Woman.
Melisandre’s big transformation happened when she took off that ruby choker she always has around her neck. The necklace is how she maintains the illusion that she’s young and beautiful.
4. She has no idea how her magic works.
The Red Woman has magical powers, but she’s pretty clueless when it comes to using them. “She has no idea how she does it,” Carice told Entertainment Weekly.
5. She may be immortal.
In A Dance With Dragons, Melisandre has her own P.O.V. chapter. The chapter implies that Melisandre may be able to live forever. “R’hllor provided her with all the food she needed but that was something best concealed from mortal men,” an excerpt from the chapter reads.
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