Game of Thrones: Melisandre, Night’s King and the North

Lets keep in mind that this is not a full breakdown of everything GOT, but more a primer of what has happened and what you need to know moving forward. (Example, the whole Drago storyline and Viserys? Not really needed since that’s a dead thread and everyone involved is dead.)
There are also a ton of minor players who will get their treatment.
Again, keep in mind, neither EJ or David have read the books, and don’t be that asshole that spoils the series for no reason but evil glee. What the hell is wrong with you? So if we miss something IN THE SHOW, by all means let us know.

Today we clean up a lot of the extra people running around up in the North:
Ser Davos Seaworth and Melisandre who were with Stannis Baratheon, Benjen Stark former first Ranger who may or may not be dead, Brynden Tully since he’s the only Tully not dead, Salladhor Saan- buddy of Ser Davos, Hot Pie who always turns up somewhere and finally, the Night’s King, who is coming down from the North. Hey, I got 18 days here, we need a catchall for an area.

Ser Davos Seaworth

Davos SeaworthSer Davos Seaworth, also known as The Onion Knight is a former smuggler, a past he is not ashamed of, and was knighted for bringing fish and onions Stannis during Robert rebellion before the show started. Stannis knighted him, but punished him by cutting off the last joints of his fingers. Ser Davos keeps those bits in a pouch around his neck. Davos served as Stannis’ number one man, and even Hand of the King to Stannis, despite being illiterate before being taught by Stannis’ daughter Shireen. Davos is the man who read the message of the Wildling attack to Davos that brought the Baratheon Army north, saving Davos from being killed for freeing Gendry from Melisandre’s plans. Davos was sent back to the Wall to ask for help from Jon Snow, thankfully missing the death of Shireen, Stannis’ wife and the destruction of the Baratheon Army. Melisandre has also arrived at the Wall, and Davos is not a believer in the Lord of Light, and who knows how he will react in Season 6.

David: If Melisandre was a man, Davos would kill him on the spot for killing Shireen. I look for Davos to join up with whatever Jon Snow is, since he does follow the closest honorable man. Its a damn shame Stannis didn’t listen to Davos more. Hell, think if the youngest Baratheon brother Renly had listened to Davos. Davos could easily vanish after a bit, and go back to sea with fellow smuggler Salladhor Saan since both Shireen and his son are dead, so there is nothing keeping him on dry land (don’t think they have ever mentioned his wife). I wonder if Davos might join up with Team Sansa. She could do worse than Ser Davos – who is almost the Cassandra of Game of Thrones.

Earl: Stannis might be no more, but I get the sneaky feeling the Onion Knight and Melisandre have some big roles to play. Part of that is probably because both of them are prominently shown in the latest trailer of the show, and there are those pesky rumors floating around that Jon Snow might be resurrected by Melisandre. If those rumors and fan theories come to light, than we are going to be seeing a great deal more of Ser Davos and Melisandre.

Melisandre

MelisandreHigh Priestess of R’hllor, but don’t worry about the name, just know this is a God that loves him some fire. She has been working with Stannis Baratheon, thinking he is the One True King, and by blood-right he was. She has some serious creepy abilities and a smoking (pun intended) body, both of whom she has used to help Stannis. She created a creature nicknamed a “smoke baby” that killed his youngest brother Renly, witnesses by Brienne of Tarth. Ser Davos doesn’t like or trust her. Melisandre helped convince Stannis to come to the Wall to defeat the Wildlings, then turned South to try and take Winterfell. When the weather didn’t clear, Melisandre convinced Stannis that only a sacrifice could save them, and Stannis burned his daughter Shireen – the weather cleared, but Stannis’ wife killed herself, and half his army took off in disgust. Soon Roose Bolton attacked, and Stannis was found and killed by Brienne of Tarth. Melisandre had left earlier to go back to the Wall. The powers that she has could be shown early in the season, as we know the Priests of R’Hllor can bring people back to life, and while we are not 100% sure Melisandre has that power, pretty sure she does.

David: With Stannis dead, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens to Melisandre. I really can’t see her hanging out with Davos if and when he finds out about Shireen. She’s already made a pass at Jon Snow once, and got rebuffed, and considering how he feels about Redheads, that’s not good for her. It’s going to be fun to see what happens to her if she has a conflict of faith, and she might with Stannis gone. It will be fun to see if Brienne catches up with her.

Earl: Back to Lady Melisandre, I think we’ll be seeing a lot of her this season, and not because her character often appears in some form of undress. Nope. I think the rumors and the whole is Jon Snow really dead thing is going to play itself out and only Melisande can give the fans what they want. Resurrect Jon Snow! As Maestor Aemon said last season, kill the boy and let the man be born. The Nights Watch killed the boy, and now it’s up to Melisandre to resurrect the man. I for one hope that she does.

Hot Pie

Hot PieHot Pie is one of those characters what just seems to show up at fun times. He first showed up with Arya, trying to be a badass, but Arya beats his ass. Later they are taken as prisoners to Harrenhal, and Hot Pie is put in the kitchens and finds he as some skill there. After escaping, they are captured again by the Brotherhood without boarders, but Hot Pie has had enough adventuring, and stays at one of the roadside Inns. Much Later, Brienne and Podrick show up at the Inn and Hot Pie tells them that Arya is still alive, but is more than happy to stay where he is, but might pop up again.

David: I bet in another time, Hot Pie and Sam Tarley would have been best buddies. When the characters leave the North heading back down, I fully expect Hot Pie to bake another loaf in the shape of a Dire Wolf to give to Sansa as he gives her all the details of their time together.

Earl: We last saw Hot Pie staying at an inn, and that is where we will leave him. Great character once. Useless to talk about now.

Night’s King

White Walker KingThe Night’s King is the leader of the White Walkers. He is the one that is able to raise the dead to more soldiers to his army, and changes the male Craster’s babies to more White Walkers.

David: It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with him. The White Walkers have grown more and more into a threat, and finally we have seen what they can do. I get the feeling that the Night’s King knows that Jon Snow is going to be his biggest obstacle to victory. Oh, and I hope he never talks.

Earl: The Night’s King is one bad mother! We’re not going to see him early in Season Six but we are going to see him. We are going to see plenty of him. The King and the White Walkers are a legitimate threat and that threat will finally go South of the Wall.

  Benjen Stark

Benjen StarkHe’s Ned Stark’s brother, and the First Ranger at the Wall. He takes a group North of the Wall to take a look at why there is more Wilding activity recently, but never returns, but his horse does. The final episode of Season 5, a rumor of news of Benjen is used to bring Jon Snow out to be attacked.
Earl: Benjen has to be dead, and a wight. He has to be part of the army of the undead by now. There is no way Benjen Stark could have survived and still be alive out there. He might not have been at Hardhome but I would be SHOCKED if he is still alive.
David: So at least we have not found his body, and we wasn’t a Zombie at Hardhome, so he still could be out there.

 

Brynden Tully

Brynden TullyThe Blackfish. Bynden Tully is one of those older dudes that is just a badass and doesn’t care. He was able to escape the Black Death by pure chance and was able to get back to Riverrun, and has the ability to hold out forever there.

David: I look to the Blackfish to show up eventually and be just a badass. His walkoff arrow shot was just awesome

Earl: The Blackfish is indeed a badass, and like Edmure I think he comes out to play this season. House Tully has been quiet for far too long on this show. Expect that to end, in a hurry.

Salladhor Saan     

Salladhor SaanSaan is a lot of fun, and I’m not sure if we will see him again, but he’s just a blast. I was kind of surprised we didn’t see him when Jon Snow went to fetch the Wildlings, but who knows. All you really need to know about Saan is he’s not overly loyal to anyone but himself, but considers Davos a friend, and the show is better when we see him.

Earl: David and I both love the man he calls the Pimpin Pirate. I can’t see any scenario for Salladhor Saan to make a comeback for, but if he does I won’t be mad. I won’t be mad at all.

David: Love the Pimpin Pirate. I don’t really expect to see him again, but might be fun to see him in Braavos next.

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