atxjacob Posted June 11, 2015 Share Posted June 11, 2015 We all know that Melisandre is powerful in her own right, but her chapters in ASOIAF give us insight that she also relies on a "bag of tricks" of sorts. Use of powders and potions, and specifically the use of a gem that helped mask Mance Rayder as Rattlershirt. I myself was hoping that HBO would have some scenes from her perspective this season to treat viewers to some of what she literally has up her sleeve. We also know that Davos is entirely dedicated the Shireen, especially from the show's perspective, and I have a hard time believing that if he had any suspicion that she was in harm's way that he would have stood up to Stannis with more than just suggesting that he take Shireen back to castle black. He would speak his mind, rescue her, or try something..anything! He was way too passive for me not to suspect ulterior motives. In the books, Melisandre told John Snow that the bones Mance Rayder wore, combined with her stone, made people believe that he was Rattleshirt. People see what they expect to see. Davos curiously crafted an ornate stag for Shireen right before he left, and his avoidance of the red lady throughout their march south of the wall leads me to believe (or maybe just hope) that Shireen's death is all a ruse. He and Melisandre are both working on together secretly to rally the troops so to speak, with tricks of the eye and the use some dark magic. Shireen was burned with the stag in her hand, watch the tape, she has it the whole time. Just like Mance Rayder wears the bones. It gives an impression, then people see what they want to see. What if Stannis put his wife to a verbal test, and she said that they should sacrifice their only living child. Coming to his senses and realizing that his wife has the heart of a monster, maybe he switched Selyse with Shireen and gave his daughter's stag to her to hold (which had also been given special powers by the red lady). HBO is constantly molding stories together with different characters... what if this is a case of them showcasing Melisandre's powers in the season finale while also pulling a great bait and switch on the audience? Instead of keeping Mance alive, they do the story line with Shireen. If sacrificing a princess has power....wouldn't it stand to be that sacrificing a Queen has even more power? He keeps his only heir alive and get the powers of the sacrifice to help his army win the battle. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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