Did Game of Thrones just reveal another secret on the show? (Red Woman/Witch)
At the end of the premiere episode, Melisandre removes her necklace and reveals she is a very old woman. Thus, showing that it is one of her illusions (that also means everyone has been feeling up a very old woman) That was a total shock and a good one. Throughout her appearances on the show, she never was seen without her necklace. (except one scene in the bathtub)
Here's the kicker; in the books a certain someone is replaced with someone else due to an illusion from the Red Witch. Mance appears to die in the fire started by the Red Witch.
From the Fire and Ice wiki, ((Mance is supposedly burned alive by Stannis with the wildlings, members of the Night's Watch, king's men, and queen's men there to bear witness. Jon Snow orders him killed by archers of the Watch during the burning to give him a quick death. ))
Here's the key thing from the book. From the Wiki, ((In actuality the man killed is Rattleshirt, who is glamored by Melisandre's magic to appear like Mance. Meanwhile, the actual Mance is glamored by a ruby worn at his wrist to appear as Rattleshirt. No one but Mance and Melisandre know the truth of the deception. Melisandre keeps the secret from Stannis due to Stannis's strict code of following the law. "Rattleshirt" even spars with Jon Snow in the yard and Jon is shocked by the man's speed and skill, not knowing it is actually Mance. ))
I noticed when they filmed the scene with Mance burning, he looks to Tormund before he is set ablaze. I was like, Are they going still go with the fake Mance story line or streamline it?
Did they make it Tormund to throw off book readers?
It should be noted that Tormund (swapped for Rattleshirt, which he later kills in the show) seems to speak differently when talking to John Snow. The actor sounds like Mance. I never noticed that before until now. Does that mean the Red Witch gave Mance one of her illusion stones?
Probably not. Then again, I am still hoping Lady Stoneheart will show up this season.