Why did Melisandre appear like this in S06E01?
We have seen that in Game of Thrones Season 4, Melisandre did not wear the necklace while in a bathtub, and she is looking normal. But in GoT S06E01 she takes off the necklace to reveal her true identity
as a very old woman. Is it that she aged that much between these 2 seasons?
Is it a mistake in the show runners' part or is there any other reason why she didn't appear like that without the necklace earlier?
The necklace is apparently not Melisandre's only source of power, and the fact that we got to see a shot of a vial of who knows what, leads me to think that maybe the bottle is even more important than the necklace.
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Why does Melisandre hide her age?The necklace was meant to hide Melisandre's age while also prolonging her life through magic. Without it, her identity as an old woman should have been revealed.
What happened to Melisandre in season 6?The final death of this big battle episode of Game of Thrones belongs not to one of the main heroes or even the big bad villain. Instead it's Melisandre of Asshai, stripped of her magical necklace who collapses under the force of her hundreds of years alive in this world and turns to dust.
Why did Melisandre go to Volantis?In Season 7, she said she has important business in Volantis but she will return to Westeros because she was destined to die there.
Is the Red Woman a witch?Melisandre, often referred to as the Red Woman or the Red Witch, was a Red Priestess in the religion of R'hllor, and had been a close counselor to King Stannis Baratheon in his campaign to take the Iron Throne. Following Stannis's death, she revived Jon Snow and served him as an advisor, until she was banished.
Game of Thrones S06E01- Melisandre's True Identity
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The same question was asked earlier today:
The medallion doesn't seem to be her only/main source of power, as correctly answered above. She clearly states that she has potions that can disguise people. In the novels:
She also disguises Mance Rayder to look like Rattleshirt. [Source]
In the scene with the necklace we can also see one of her potions on her table.
Since everyone else is speculating, I would speculate with this:
She uses potions to hide her true self. I'm pretty sure her necklace can be filled with the miracle potion, meaning that she doesn't need to ingest any potions when she wears it. See the necklace as a intravenous solution that injects her her needed dose. This might be wrong, but just like all the other answers, we won't know for sure until they address her skills and her potions later in the season.
My interpretation is that she was feeling kind of safe there or simply wanted to rest for once. She undressed. Taking off the necklace and taking off the fake appearance could simply be parts of witches casual undressing routine.
I mean your "take off necklace to reveal her true identity" is just a speculation. Maybe she doesn't have to perform any observable magix stick wavings to change appearance similarly as faces of faceless men can change. It wasn't said anywhere, that taking off the necklace causes any appearance changes and she chose to keep her true appearance hidden when bathing, but not this time.
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