The premiere episode of Game of Thrones season 6 is 15 days away (not that we’re counting), and fans are hungry for spoilers. HBO and the showrunners at Game of Thrones have been especially quiet on spoilers this year, even announcing that no one, absolutely no one, would receive early review copies. But as the magic date of April 24 draws near, Game of Thrones actors are providing some spoilers, and the recently-released description of the first episode of season 6 provides some as well. The title of the episode is “The Red Woman,” and Entertainment Weekly recently sat down with Carice Van Houten to talk about her role as “the red woman” and what season 6 will bring her. Good news — she provided some Game of Thrones spoilers.
Game of Thrones season 5 didn’t end well for Melisandre, and fans were loud and clear about their feelings when they talked to Carice Van Houten.
“Die b****, when are you gonna f***king die” – that I heard a lot. It’s nice that people are so worked up about it. It’s fair to say it wasn’t a friendly act.”
Game of Thrones viewers were clearly upset by the Red Woman’s sacrificing Stannis Baratheon’s daughter Shireen in an attempt to save his army. Currently there is a rumor going around that Melisandre may do something in Game of Thrones season 6 that could redeem her with fans. Some believe she will resurrect Jon Snow.
“When he died, a lot of people who wanted to kill me after episode 9 came back and said, ‘We’ll forgive you if you resurrect Jon Snow!'”
Unfortunately, Carice was mum on whether or not that will happen.
Game of Thrones season 6 looks to be an interesting one for Melisandre, showing us a side of her we have not seen before, according to Van Houten.
“The arc of my character is finally going into a different direction. It’s changing and I really like it. We see her from a really different side of her now… We see somebody whose whole belief system is tumbling down. She’s completely confused, and I really like to play that. After all the security and strength and pride, now we see something completely different. I’ve been really waiting for this moment.”
It’s a change for this Game of Thrones character that began at the end of season 5. Melisandre really believed that the sacrifice of Shireen would convince the God of Light to bring victory to Stannis. Viewers saw her confusion and pain when that doesn’t happen. Carice says that the change that began at that point in Game of Thrones season 5 and continues through season 6 is more in-line with roles she typically plays.
“It’s nice to play different colors and it’s something I normally do in the roles I play. In my own country, I play roles that are more vulnerable – sympathetic, anxious and doubtful. Melisandre is so the opposite. It was a great challenge for me, but it’s nice to now put my own into it too.”
The recently released description of the first episode of season 6 of Game of Thrones reads as follows.
“Jon Snow is dead. Daenerys meets a strong man. Cersei sees her daughter.”
The fact that the title of the episode is “The Red Woman” and that the synopsis states that Jon Snow is dead has some fans even more sure that the premiere episode of Game of Thrones season 6 will see at least the beginning of a build-up to the Red Woman resurrecting our favorite brother of The Night’s Watch, if not the resurrection itself. Unless a major spoiler leaks between now and then, we won’t know for sure for 15 days.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 24 at 9 p.m.
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