Warning: This story is dark and full of Game of Thrones season eight spoilers.
Has the Red Woman already returned to Westeros and we somehow missed it? Melisandre’s return on Game of Thrones has been eagerly awaited by fans ever since it was teased during that ominous conversation between herself and Varys at Dragonstone season seven. Melisandre revealed she was fated to return to Westeros after spending time in Volantis because she had to die there. But what if she’s already back and we’ve already gotten our first glimpse of her in episode two, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”?
Fans are theorizing Melisandre appeared during a scene when Ser Davos is shown handing out food to the residents of Winterfell. One girl, whose face is marked with greyscale, approaches him to get soup and tells him she wants to fight the White Walkers alongside the adults. Davos looks up from ladling soup into her bowl and sees she looks just like Shireen Baratheon, who he cared for like a daughter. Gilly later joins the conversation and suggests the young girl goes into the Winterfell crypts with the other Winterfell residents who are unable to fight.
The GOT scene of Ser Davos and Gilly tending to a refugee girl with a half-scarred face evokes so much power. The girl bears semblance to Shireen, Stannis Baratheon's sacrificed daughter.
Recall that Shireen taught both Davos and Gilly how to read and write. pic.twitter.com/0tIKUdHpbl
— Atiku M. Jafar (@atikumjafar) April 23, 2019
It’s certainly touching that a young girl who reminds Davos of a young girl he once cared for is appearing during the final hours before a life-altering battle, but fans are theorizing this is Melisandre appearing to Davos under the transformative powers of one of her spells. As Twitter user @RdotAye points out, “Just read a theory that the little girl with the scars that goes up to Ser Davos is Melisandre in a new glamour because the only way they would allow her back in Winterfell for the fight would be to come back looking like a different person.”
Just read a theory that the little girl with the scars that goes up to Ser Davos is Melisandre in a new glamour, because the only way they would allow her back in Winterfell for the fight would be to come back looking like a different person
— Rhaego (@RdotAye) April 24, 2019
We already know that Melisandre has the power to dramatically alter her appearance. In the season six premiere, it was revealed that the witch was actually a very old woman and she was able to look young thanks to the necklace she is always seen wearing out in public. Melisandre’s magical abilities are well-known and she is likely focused on atoning for causing Shireen’s death as well as getting a feel for where she could be needed most in the Battle at Winterfell.
If Melisandre is actually back, then she would be the most effective by going down into the crypts to protect every Winterfell resident. Not only would it achieve her desire to atone for Shireen, but it would let her continue to serve Jon Snow by defending the people he has sworn to protect.