Melisandre’s Necklace: Theories & Photos from Game of Thrones


Melisandre (Twitter/HBO PR)

Game of Thrones ended with a big shocker for fans everywhere, and it wasn’t the Jon Snow shock that everyone was expecting. At the end of the episode, Melisandre shed her necklace, which many fans had theorized she could never take off. Then fans were shocked to discover what happened next. Read on for photos and theories about Melisandre. These contain spoilers through the season premiere and, of course, if any of these theories are true then they could contain more spoilers. Don’t forget to take our poll at the end of the story.

Here are the top theories from that crazy ending.

Melisandre’s Necklace Has the Power to Glamour — Or Does It?

When the necklace came off, the red jewel stopped shining, and we discovered that Melisandre was actually a very, very old woman.

One theory is that Melisandre’s necklace has the power to glamour, and that’s it. She’s always been very old, and has even stated this to people. The necklace could simply have the power to glamour her into appearing temporarily younger.

However, some astute fans have pointed out that when Melisandre took a bath in Season 4 Episode 7, she was also not wearing her necklace and she did not appear old. So there may be more than one item that helps her to appear youthful, or the necklace has a different purpose.

One fan said that when she was bathing in Season 4, she took a blue vial and dumped its contents into the bath. Perhaps this was keeping her youthful. Or it may have been a different potion. In that same scene, Selyse starts to get a clear cylindrical bottle, filled with a potion, and Melisandre says: “No no no, not that one, you wouldn’t even want to touch it.”  In tonight’s premiere, that same bottle seems to be sitting, half empty, in the scene where she’s taking off her necklace.

The Necklace May Have a Life Force In It That Could Help Jon Snow

Some fans are theorizing that the necklace has a life force in it that could be transferred to Jon Snow. Perhaps he can be saved by the necklace’s power. Other fans think that Melisandre and other red priestesses age every time they bring someone back to life, and this is a sign that saving Jon Snow will kill her.

However, taking off the necklace could be a sign that she has lost her faith after Stannis’s and Jon Snow’s deaths and she’s going to turn away from the Lord of Light. If this is true, it could actually be a good thing. Astute fans have pointed out that Thoros has almost given up on his faith completely before he resurrected Beric the first time.

Whatever the case, the necklace has some type of power. It glows when she’s doing some type of magic. It glowed when she took it off in the premiere. It also glowed in “Second Sons,” when Stannis was throwing leeches into the fire (see the discussion on Reddit here.) It also glowed when the Maester poisoned her in Season 2 and she suffered no ill effects. It also glowed during the shadow baby scene. Book readers have said that Melisandre’s “glowing necklace” is mentioned all the time.

Another clue about the necklace is its connection to shadowbinding. Melisandre is a shadowbinder and another shadowbinder from Asshai, named Quaithe, appeared in season 2. She warned Mormont about men who wanted Dany’s dragons and she was able to paint a soldier to protect him from the Doom in the Valyrian penininsula. (Read more about her here.) What’s so important about Quaithe is that Melisandre’s necklace is stylistically similar to Quaithe’s mask, according to fans of the show, which might hold some clues as to the necklace’s importance.

How Old Is Melisandre?

The directors talked after the show a bit about that crazy ending. They said that George R. R. Martin has said that Melisandre is a few centuries old and she needed to reflect upon her true self to get a better grasp of her current predicament. But they didn’t hint as to why they showed her true form, only that it was the right time to do so.

What do you think is the meaning behind Melisandre’s “true form”? Let us know in the poll below or leave a comment!


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