In the process of making one of the most popular Melisandre theories come true, the Red Priestess said a lot of fancy Valyrian things, cut Jon’s hair (a little inside joke at the fans there, maybe), and then simply said, “Please.” Turns out, that’s all the gods needed to hear.
Maybe Melisandre’s humility played into the awakening of the Lord Commander. And just maybe the combination of Davos, the Crows at the door, the Wildling army, Ghost, and the dire situation, in general, was the trick to bring Jon Snow back. One of the popular Melisandre/Jon Snow theories is that Snow is the returned Azor Ahai, the Champion of the Liight and the only one who can defeat the Night’s King and the undead frozen army beyond the Wall. If so, good job, lady! If not, fans are still happy that Kit Harrington is back and that Melisandre has stopped burning children at the stake. For now. As the internet runs around in circles screaming at the sky and spawning new of Game of Thrones fan theories, let’s take a closer look at the lady who can give birth to shadow demons, raise the dead, and doesn’t look a day over 400.
Did She Get Some Help from Davos to Raise Jon from the Dead?
Did Melisandre Break Jon When She Resurrected Him?
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
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
Melisandre Will Sacrifice Herself Because Either Davos or Jon Snow is Azor Ahai
She’s a Red Walker
Melisandre Is Maggy the Frog Who Gave Young Cersei the Prophecy
Her Age Depends on Her Faith
Melisandre Is Sheira Seastar
She May Have Transferred Some of Her Energy to Jon
Why Is Melisandre’s Resurrection Ritual Different from Thoros of Myr’s?
The Hound kills Beric Dondarrion of the Brotherhood Without Banners back in season three. Thoros resurrects Dondarrion, who’s been resurrected a few times before. Thoros doesn’t use the same ritual as Melisandre, although he does speak Valyrian, perhaps even says the same words. But he didn’t cut and burn Dondarrion’s hair. In fact, he’s half in the bag most of the time. She tells Thoros he shouldn’t have the power to do that, but it works for him anyway. Why does the resurrection spell work for both of them? Maybe it has something to do with Thoros’s lack of faith in the Lord of Light and Melisandre seemingly abandoning her faith as well when she was asked by Davos to raise Jon. Maybe giving up the Lord of Light is the key to great power?
Someone Translated Melisandre’s Prayer in High Valyrian
David J. Peterson translated what Melisandre says in High Valyrian over Jon’s body.
“We ask the Lord to shine his light, and lead a soul out of darkness.”
“We beg the Lord to share his fire, and light a candle that has gone out.”
“From darkness, light. From ashes, fire. From death, life.”
Is it the same thing Thoros said over Beric Dondarrian? Either way, Peterson’s translation is pretty cool.