There’s no such thing as a tiny reveal about HBO’s mega sensation “Game of Thrones.” With Season 5 just around the corner, Jon Snow himself (Kit Harington) is teasing some details about his character’s relationship with the mysterious, all-seeing Melisandre (Carice van Houten) that could confirm a very popular fan theory.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the actor elaborated on some things that were setup in the season finale of last year, namely his upcoming relationship with The Red Woman. When asked about whether or not his character will mourn the loss of his first love, Ygritte (Rose Leslie), he said that the character simply has too much going on to worry about that.
“This season he only mentions her once—in a scene where he’s being come onto by Melisandre. He’s got bigger things at hand. If he’s missing her, it’s internal,” he said, revealing how his character will deal with the loss of… Wait, what did he say about Melisandre?
That’s right, apparently the two characters won’t just be meeting for the first time, they’ll engage in a pseudo romance as well. However, as fans of the show will know, there’s no such thing as a simple relationship with Melisandre, or her God.
“There’s definitely a future there this season, with him and her. Who knows what Melisandre sees in people, but she’s obviously obsessed with bastards and noble blood,” Harington said. “There’s obviously something a bit special about him in this story, and she locks in on that. So this season she tries to seduce him. That’s her power play. It’s going to be an interesting battle!”
It’s odd to hear Harington admit that there’s something particularly special about his character. Earlier this week he appeared in a comedic sketch on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” where he acknowledged the now famous R+L=J fan theory. Without getting into too much detail, the theory states that Snow is actually of noble birth and a rightful heir to the Iron Throne. If this is true, it would make sense for Melisandre to sniff it out of him immediately. If you’ll recall, in the Season 3 episode titled “The Climb,” she shows up at the secret camp of the Brotherhood Without Banners, where Arya (Maisie Williams) is hiding out with Gendry (Joe Dempsie). Not only is she able to find the rag-tag group of rogues, she also comes bearing prior knowledge of who Gendry is – the bastard son of Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy). We’ve seen the God she worships, the Lord of Light, perform some pretty powerful magic in the show – can it also show her people with noble blood?
As her character has reminded Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) and the audience nearly a dozen times, there’s power in king’s blood. So, if she’s trying to seduce Jon Snow in Season 5, odds are good it’s not because she’s heard about his talents in bed.
Still, the R+L=J theory is still just that, a theory. George R.R. Martin has not yet revealed this twist in any of his five books and there’s no evidence that it’s coming in Book 6, whenever that arrives. However, he as much as confirmed to Radio Times that savvy fans have pretty much guessed who Jon Snow’s mother is already.
It was revealed earlier this month that, due to the author’s slow pace, the HBO show will surpass the books by the end of Season 6. Could the show be gearing up to confirm the R+L=J theory as early as the April 12 premiere of “Game of Thrones”? If not, why in the world is Melisandre so darn interested in the bastard son of a Stark? Maybe she did hear about his talents in bed?