BEFORE I START, HERE IS THE OBLIGATORY WARNING FOR SPOILERS ON BASICALLY THE ENTIRETY OF THE PREMIERE OF SEASON 6. IF YOU'RE STILL WATCHING ROBB STARK LEAD THE ARMY OF THE NORTH AGAINST THE LANNISTERS TURN BACK NOW. WE GOOD??
Ok, so like thousands of other people, I caught the premiere episode of Game of Thrones season 6 on Monday, and boy was I glad I did. It was a phenomenal start to the season, and nicely sets up the story arcs of most of the main characters, with a few exceptions (looking at you, Bran Stark.) So before I get into my theory, here's a quick recap:
Daenerys returns to the Dothraki
After Drogon carried her away from an attack by the Sons Of The Harpys, Danny was surrounded by Dothraki. She soon learned that she wasn't going to be returning to Mereen soon, as the widow of a Khal is supposed to return to Vaal Dothrak and live out their days with the rest of the Dothraki widows. Fun.
Arya's still blind
And she's being beaten up by what I can only assume is Jaqen's star pupil. I fail to see this ever resulting in a fair fight, but my guess is Arya is going to become the Bravoss equivalent of Matt Murdock.
Jon Snow is... still dead
This is possibly the worst bit of news: Jon Snow is in fact still dead, but is body is safe, protected by Sir Davos, a handful of loyal Night's Watchmen and Jon's Direwolf Ghost. Oh, and The Red Lady...speaking of which....
The Red Lady is actually super old and wrinkly and stuff!
Towards the climax of the episode, we see Mellisandre undressing in her room (wouldn't be Game Of Thrones without at least one nude scene now would it?) However, when she removes her necklace, this happens....
Yeah, not pretty is it? Now, this has lead many fans to believe that the necklace is somehow magical, and is projecting a false appearance over Melisandre. However, I have a different theory. It's quite extensive, so bear with me.
Now, in season 4, we see this scene:
And as you can clearly see, Melisandre isn't wearing her necklace. She also states in this scene that "Around believers, I don't need tricks," which implies that around believers in the Lord Of Light, she appears as the Melisandre we all know (which would also explain why Stannis's wife is so perplexed by is attraction to her.)
My theory is that Melisandre is losing faith in the Lord Of Light. I mean, think about it. Stannis Baratheon, who she thought was the embodiment of the Lord Of Light, is not only dead, but his sacrifice of his daughter Shireen failed to win him the battle. As well as this, Jon Snow, who she "saw in the flames, fighting at Winterfell," is also dead. That'd be enough to test anyones faith.
So what about Jon Snow?
It was widely believed that The Red Lady's pressence at Winterfell was to ressurect Jon Snow much like in that one episode with the Brotherhood Without Banners. Now that seems unlikely, I see only one possible way for Jon Snow to return, which ties nicely into another theory. If Jon Snow is in fact part-Stark, part-Targaryen, then when they inevitably burn his body, he will be reborn in the flames, physically as opposed to metaphorically.
So that's my theory/s. I hope you enjoyed the read, and please, leave a comment and if you feel so obliged, follow my account and read a bit more of my work! Feedback and criticism is always appreciated so go ahead!