TL;DR version: When Shireen was sacrificed by Stannis in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” a semi-popular theory that Jon Snow will be risen from the dead through a sacrifice of Shireen took a hit.

“A king’s blood. Only a king’s blood can wake the stone dragon.”

ASOS, Davos IV. Spoken by Melisandre.

It’s not canonical — because it’s the TV version — but a semi-popular theory that contends Jon Snow will be risen from the dead by Melisandre via a sacrifice of Shireen took a hit when Shireen was sacrificed for different reasons on the snow.

The theory is contingent on R+L=J being true; that is, that Jon Snow is a Targaryen, and therefore a dragon.

Shireen is the “king’s blood” that would be used to wake the “dragon” (i.e. Jon). The “stone” part of the quote can be applied to both Shireen (through Greyscale, the disease that made face stone-like) and to Jon (him being presumably dead in the wintry north would make him stone-like.)

Why the Shireen sacrifice theory took a hit

Because she was sacrificed to keep the snow away on the show, not to bring a different kind of snow — Jon Snow — back from beyond.

Did the show spoil the books here? We’ll have to wait and see. Book Stannis has more of a spine when it comes to saying “no” to Melisandre than Show Stannis, but we’ve entered uncharted territory here.

Proponents of the theory will point out that Shireen is still alive and at the Wall in the books, which is where she needs to be if the Shireen sacrifice theory is to come to fruition.

Others might point out that if Shireen is to be used to resurrect Jon Snow from the dead in the books, that would be a major, major change for the show to make.

In short, The Shireen sacrifice theory is still possible, but it’s not as strong as it once was.

One thought on “Stannis Sacrifices Shireen: Jon Snow Theory Takes A Hit

  1. The theory is pretty solid, I think. I came to the same conclusion on my own. When Melisandre sacrifices Shireen to the fire, she says those mystical things about it. Stannis chooses to believe that this means victory, but when he asked her directly, the red witch tells him that she has seen herself walk the battle mounts of Winterfell. She never says she saw Stannis there, nor that he will be led to victory. When she says “The lord of light has cleared a path for us” she is definitely lying. This is obvious by the laws of magic in GOT. It’s said countless times “Only death can pay for life.” This is one of those things that spans all religions in the seven kingdoms and beyond. Nowhere is it written in GRRM world that human sacrifice changes weather patterns.

    Then the Lady Melisandre abandons the camp and heads straight for castle black. She arrives doubting her faith, but speaks of the visions she’s seen. That vision is of Castle Black, not of Stannis. We know this time she’s telling the truth, because she confesses in the story that she is a fraud and the lord of light has never spoken to her.

    So, the lord of light shows her visions, and she speaks the words, and the will is done. But Melisandre’s judgment is worse than questionable, it’s misguided. However, it’s also said many times that the gods do not care if you are good, only that you have faith.

    Melisandre is like High Sparrow. She has taken too much credit, and exaggerates her power and faith, and freely interprets the will of the gods to her liking, and the lord of light deals her a blow that nearly breaks her faith.

    The song of ice and fire world is ruled by a karmic balance. For instance, characters who do evil can only atone after they have suffered accordingly, like Theon, or Jaime Lannister. So, something awaits the red witch herself, but after sacrificing a life, the lord of light has to give one back.

    I suspected this sequence would occur long before I actually encountered it, and then I felt it was confirmed when no one’s life was lost during the resurrection spell. Remember the similar fake out that the Dothraki witch tells Daenerys: the sacrifice of the horse, that will pay for the life of Khal Drogo. No, it’ll pay for the life of a horse. Anyone following the story should get that. It’s clear when she calls Daenerys into the tent that it is the baby’s life which will be sacrificed.

    There’s another running theme: Jaqen H’ghar, Like High Sparrow and Melisandre, takes liberties with his interpretation of the will of the many faced god, but really, what in there is really just the will of Jaqen H’ghar? The only rule I’m really sure of for gods is the karmic balance. The sacrifice of Shireen must be tied to someone’s life, or it becomes he only incongruous karmic element in the story. and since it’s not connected to Stannis or Melisandre’s life, I think the theory holds.

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