Let’s talk about monsters. Not the grotesque creatures of myths and nightmares, but about the beautiful characters whose actions leave souls screaming for death to come and claim them.
Melisandre, the Red Woman“Lord of Light, come to us in our darkness. We offer you these false gods. Take them and cast your light upon us, for the night is dark and full or terrors. After the long summer, darkness will fall heavy on the world. The stars will bleed. The cold breath of winter will freeze the seas... and the dead shall rise in the North.” Game of Thrones
The Red Woman is a devout priestess of the Lord of Light. She lives to please her god. The latter seems to have a smoke fetish that can’t be satisfied with the mere scorching of the “false gods.” Melisandre, who understands her Lord’s needs, does her best to set fire to anyone who doesn’t share her beliefs or her desire to keep him happy.
A lot of people burn and bleed under the heat of Melisandre’s faith. But don’t let this triviality mislead you into believing that the Red Woman is all about death and agony. You see, she is also adept at the art of birthing shadow monstrosities.
After the, um… baby bursts out of Melisandre’s womb, he goes on to add to his mommy’s holy work: more blood and death to honor the Lord of Light, and to further the royal cause of Melisandre and her less shiny champion. The shadow monster is big, dark and lethal, but he doesn’t terrify me half as much as his mommy does. Why do you think that is, my Wicked Luvs? And who scares you the most, the dreadful babe or mommy dearest?