The Red Woman was the first episode of the Season 6 of Game of Thrones which ended with the perfect climatic end as Melisandre revealed her secret at the end.
It is finally the day when Game of Thrones Season 6 finally premiered and after months of speculation and contemplation, the fans’ curiosity was satisfied. The episode was titled the Red Woman and although Ygrite or Sansa might have fitted the description, there is no one better than Melisandre who fits the depiction best. She has been depicted in the series as perfectly as she has been in the books.
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Right down to her flaming mane of hair, her slim figure, her pale skin, her affinity to strip and of course her choker with a single ruby. She is one of the perfect characters among rough looking men. So imagine the shock when at the end of the episode, she finally took off the choker and before our eyes, the beautiful and perfect Melisandre aged years into a hunch backed old lady with silver hair.
It was definitely a shock to many and a secret reveal like hers right at the end of the episode was perfect to revive the audience with a cliff hanger and also become a perfect ending to the episode that gave us a great deal to see and think about.
The ladies in the Red Woman were not doing so great as one might imagine. Daenerys fate was left hanging last season as the Dothraki approached her and whatever little hope for her retribution was left faded away it was revealed to her that according to the Dothraki marital law, the bereaved Khaleesi were required to live out their days in pious servitude in the horse barbarian capital Vaes Dothrak. So is this the time that she will finally rise?
Sansa Stark on the other hand was on the run with Theon Grey who was incapacitated yet helped her pass great many hurdles. They are finally rescued by the trustworthy Brienne of Tarth and Podrick and Sansa entrusts Brienne with her safety. The big hurray was really Sansa coming to her senses about the reality of her situation.
Meanwhile, Arya is suffering for breaking with her tuition at the House of Black and White. She has been turned blind as we saw in the promotional photos, she has been reduced to begging on the streets and endured a nasty pummelling from Jaqen H'ghar's star pupil. Cersei Lannister, after her Penitence Walk she was set to endure more suffering when Jamie Lannister turned up with the corpse of their young daughter, Myrcella. Mourning her with Jamie, they decide to exact their revenge upon everyone that had made them suffer including the High Sparrow.
As for the third Lannister, Tyrion has been left to rule Mereen after Daenerys was chased off by the town. After seeking out for so long and losing her, he is now settling into the role of the new ruler. Jon Snow’s death was confirmed to the audience with the image of his haunting close-up of his waxy visage and the pool of scarlet arranged like a skewed halo.
Show-runners David Benioff and DB Weiss made sure that the fans understood that there was no coming back for this beloved character for now. As for other characters, Ramsay Bolton seemed furious that his new bride eloped with his slave and killed his lover in the way. He resumed his dark character by feeding the dead Myranda to the dogs.
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So that was all accentuated by Melisandre’s big reveal at the end and the fans did a reel back to see the end again and again while they try to make sense of it in the next episode.