GoT has a new Red Priestess: Here’s everything we know about Kinvara so far

Though it’s been difficult, we’ve come to terms with the fact that Jon Snow is, in fact, dead. But that hasn’t stopped us from speculating that he will return to Game of Thrones in some other form, whether it be a ghost, zombie or White Walker. According to the latest Season 6 trailer, there’s a new Red Priestess in town, her name is Kinvara and she may know the exact gruesome spell to resurrect Lord Eddard Stark’s bastard son and wreak havoc on Winterfell.

Jon Snow
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Here’s what we know:

1. Kinvara is played by actress Ania Bukstein

Ania Buckstein
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Originally from Moscow, this Russian/Israeli beauty is most famous for playing the role of Asia Brinditch in the Israeli TV show False Flag. Bukstein is part of Hollywood’s growing trend of casting Israeli actors that includes Gal Gadot, who played Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman

2. She serves the Lord of Light

According to Game of Thrones Wikia, Kinvara’s full fitle is “High Priestess of the Red Temple of Volantis, the Flametruth, the Light of Wisdom and First Servant of the Lord of Light.”

3. She’s powerful

Judging from the look on her face in the lead photo, Kinvara seems to be a little smug, if not very pleased with herself. She seems like the type of sorceress who keeps her power under wraps, allowing her enemies to underestimate her before packing a powerful punch. We can’t wait to see what she has in store.

4. Melisandre’s foe

Melisandre and Jon Snow
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Though we don’t know for sure, it seems likely that the only reason to add another Red Priestess to the show would be to increase the presence of magic. Last season, Melisandre tried to seduce Jon Snow, and he refused her. Perhaps Kinvara identifies Jon Snow as the one true spirit who can defeat Melisandre since he wasn’t vulnerable to her sexual charms.

5. The “We’ll forgive you for Shireen if you save Jon Snow” theory

Fans were horrified when Melisandra burned Shireen (Kerry Ingram) at the stake. Some people are hoping Melisandre will use her dark arts to bring Jon Snow back in an act of good will. If this were to happen, we could see Melisandre needing the help of another sorceress to accomplish the task and could call upon Kinvara to help. Of course, there would have to be something in it for Kinvara to conjure the undead, and we don’t yet know if she and Melisandre have any history together.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO April 24.

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

Game of Thrones Season 6 slideshow
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