As it is, to all who’ve managed to watch Game of Thrones season six premiere episode, The Red Woman, it is packaged with an avalanche of how exactly the series will wind up. This is with the hindsight that there are probably two more seasons on the trot. Another interesting thing about season six is that it’s the first to be aired pre-book. That is to say that the first five were aired after the books had been published.
That’s beside the point. Jon Snow is still dead or should I just say, dead? Dead is dead, there’s no substitute for it. No coma, self-induced long sleep or whatever some of us prefer to refer to it as. The series’ most acclaimed and discussed cliffhanger still rages on and I won’t miss being part of it.
The big question still remains, is Jon Snow coming back? Are there any clues for us to go back to and inspect surgically in this premiere?
I believe there are! I will try as much as possible to restrict myself to the series without any digressions into R.R Martin’s books or the previous seasons. I won’t make any promises, though. And fortunately, for me, the book readers are kind of in the same situation.
Firstly, let me dissect on a character’s plot positioning. This episode and the season five finale are both intertwined. In fact, all episodes are webbed together. The character in play here is Melisandre—the god of light’s witch and servant. It so happens that she is in the Knights’ Watch when things turn all bloody for Snow as Thorne and his bunch of followers ostensibly stab him. The entire scene was all crafted out, with Snow being stabbed to death and left to die in his pool of blood. We’ve all become used to the blood in this series.
Melisandre towards the end is being shown in all her might. Only a few witches are able to perform illusion magic what in other dimensions will be referred to as glamour. She takes the shape of a beautiful young witch while in essence she’s a quad century old woman. I will pin down her new age at around 35 years. You’ll have to excuse my guessing abilities. How does this revelation strengthen Snow’s case of rising from the dead? We’re all aware that there are at least three ways of reanimating him. From where I stand, his body is in prime shape for any reanimation. This kind of positioning and explicit prowess in magic only work up the theory of his reincarnation.
Another key aspect that I can inference on is Melisandre’s own statement when she sombrely stares down Snow’s dead body. She quips, “I saw him in the flames, fighting in Winterfell.” Just for the record, he’s never fought in Winterfell and this statement should send the entire fanbase into a frenzy. Hooray, the hero of the living will return. He shall rise!
This foreshadow didn’t first appear in this episode—I wasn’t exclusive on not borrowing from past seasons. Melisandre did first allude of the same when she consulted with the god of light on the identity of the chosen one. Alas, it wasn’t Stannis Baratheon. All she saw was Snow all over the fire.
In my years of reading and movie analysis, I’ve never come across a writer(s) who gives a foreshadow and slaps himself in the face by throwing the same into the trash. Such has never happened and I’m not expecting the GoT guys to experiment with it.
That will be a crime, punishable by a walk of atonement as we (viewers and readers alike) pelt them with rotten eggs and sharp marbles.
Can’t wait to be proven wrong or right for that matter!