Another day, another casual video. This too cannibalizes my future essays to try and create a new and meaningful conversation.
This time, I want to talk about Melisandre and one of her lesser known (or at least lesser-discussed) powers: She’s a master of bird law.
One small addendum that I want to add, is that Jon also receives a letter from Ramsay ‘directly’ in Jon’s sixth point-of-view chapter. Its the wedding invitation that he opens after fighting RattleMance in the training yard. Previously I had always assumed that Mance simply overheard the letters contents (the wedding to Arya in Barrowton) and thus that’s when Mance and Melisandre decided to start the ‘wedding rescue plot’.
That still makes a ton of sense to me, because Abel first joined Bolton’s group of followers near Barrowton. Furthermore, there is a brief moment where Theon hear’s music coming from a nearby inn while riding with Roose Bolton (“They rode past a stable and a shuttered inn with a wheat sheaf painted on its sign. Reek heard music coming through its windows.” — REEK III, ADWD).
So it’s entirely plausible that Mance first rode to Barrowton, per the clues from Jon’s original wedding invitation. This could simply be because of, as I said, Mance overhearing the wedding details from Jon in the training yard. This does not necessarily change the fact that Stannis could have been also instructing Melisandre and Mance to start a rescue at Winterfell separately from that wedding invitation.
While I’ve got ideas for my next video, I’d be curious to see if this one creates a few questions that might drive me to record a different video first.