The final moments of the ‘Game of Thrones’ season 6 premiere were jaw-dropping. Once Melisandre removed that ruby choker, the real Melisandre was revealed. So how old is Melisandre really? Carice van Houten is offering some clues!
Melisandre, you have some explaining to do. The Red Priestess surprised us all on the April 24 premiere of Game of Thrones by revealing her true self. How long has Melisandre been around? Her age has everyone talking. Carice Van Houten, 39, is speaking out about the big twist and spilling major secrets. Spoilers ahead!
So Melisandre is old. Really old. When Melisandre took off that red pendant of hers and looked into a mirror, she was a frail, elderly woman. Now fans are trying to find out exactly how old Melisandre is, and Carice has actually given hints about her age before.
Back in 2012, Carice said that Melisandre is “way over 100 years” old. Oliver Ford Davis, who played Maester Cressen, revealed that Carice told him that Melisandre was “400 years old.” In short, she’s been around longer than we thought. Could Melisandre be immortal? It’s certainly a possibility.
Carice admitted in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that she was happy to see the big reveal go down in season 6. “It makes her immediately more vulnerable, but also more wise and even more mysterious,” she told the outlet. “There’s also a vulnerability in her age.”
The actress also noted that this reveal makes Melisandre’s motives a little more clear. After all, she did push Stannis to sacrifice his own daughter last season. Melisandre doesn’t think in terms of saving one life, but thousands.
“That’s why she was able to say, ‘This is just a small war, it’s all relative compared to the big war were going to face,’” she continued. “[Her age] makes everything even more meta. Definitely, that’s where all that stuff comes from.”
Melisandre may act like she has it together, but she doesn’t. “She has no idea how she does it,” Carice said about Melisandre’s powers. To be honest, all we need her to do is resurrect Jon Snow.
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