[Warning: This article contains spoilers from the Game of Thrones Season 6 premiere.]
On Sunday, the Game of Thrones Season 6 premiere aired to mixed reaction. While some viewers were satisfied with the string of brief character reunions offered, others felt disappointed by a lack of drama.
Death, of course, continued to be a major theme — as far as we know, The Hound, Stannis Baratheon, Myrcella Lannister, and Jon Snow are gone for good.
The one event fans didn’t expect? Melisandre’s…transformation.
In the episode’s last scene, the red witch disrobed for bed, unclasping the chunky necklace we’ve never seen her without. Turns out, that necklace is what keeps her young and beautiful; the real Melisandre is ancient.
To most of us this reality was a shock, but to Redditor BilboBangs, this story line has been two years in the making. Way back in 2014, Bilbo posted a theory entitled “[S3E8 Spoilers/Speculation]Lady Melisandre’s Necklace”:
“Exclusive show watcher here. Just moments ago while watching “Second Sons”, I noticed Melisandre’s jewel in her necklace glowing when Stannis began throwing the leeches into the fire. At first I thought it was just the reflection on the fire, until a shadow was cast upon it and it was clearly glowing. I didn’t want to google the image for fear of spoilers, but could there be some relevance to that jewel? Is that what is giving Melisandre her power? Thoughts, theories, or speculations?”
It’s true that the piece never left Melisandre’s neck, and it now seems it’s the only thing keeping her…young? Alive? Powerful?
However you see it, looks like some of us are more observant than others.
Game of Thrones Season 6 returns to HBO on May 1.