Many viewers now know why the first episode of Game of Thrones season 6 is “The Red Woman.” Melisdandre shocked fans everywhere when she revealed her true appearance in the final moments of the episode.
The real Melisandre looked very old compared to her usual appearance portrayed by Dutch actress Carice van Houten. She removed her gold and red necklace for the first time in the series and showed her real face.
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Van Houten has been hinting at the real secret behind Melisandre since season 2. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she said that there will be more revelations about her character besides the big reveal in the first episode.
“I was really happy when I read that we were going to reveal that this year. I don’t think a lot of people will see that coming. It makes her immediately more vulnerable, but also more wise and even more mysterious. There’s also a vulnerability in her age,” Houten said.
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How does Melisandre change her appearance? What is the secret behind her magic? How old is she? These are some of the questions in everyone’s mind and we got the answers here.
According to a report by VOX Media, the type of magic Melisandre uses is called “glamor.” That kind of power was explained in the book “A Dance with Dragons” as she told Jon Snow that the Lord of Light gives her the power to create illusions.
An object with a historical connection to a person is generally used as part of the illusion. As for Melisandre, the object with power is her jeweled necklace that was once removed revealed her true appearance.
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There are many rumors on how old Melisandre really is with Candice van Houten saying in previous interviews that the character is about 100 years old. Oliver Ford Davies, who played Cressen that tried to poison Melisandre in season two, told Flicks and the City that van Houten said that “The Red Lady” is really 400 years old.
On the other hand, producer David Benioff mentioned that Melisandre is about “several centuries old” according to a conversation he had with George R.R. Martin. Fans surely can’t wait for episode two titled “Homeward Bound” because Jon Snow is still dead and Melisandre can use her powers to resurrect him.
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