Will Game of Thrones’ Ser Davos Finally Succumb to Melisandre?

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If there’s one thing besides loyalty we’ve been able to count on from GoT’ favorite, Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) it’s his innate distrust of that wicked child-killer, Melisandre (Carice van Houten. The Onion Knight has wisely remained suspicious of the red priestess; even if fear of her magic and influence over Stannis drove him to outwardly convey respect, we’ve no doubt that given the chance he’d smoke her himself. Davos is certainly no coward; as Cunningham puts it:

When other people are saying that we need to do this because of this, he’d put his hand up and go, “That’s f–king bulls—t, and let me tell you why…” What I liked about it is the fact that he has very little concern for his own life… You know what he is? He’s the kind of guy that we all want to be.

Regardless of his relationship with (now dead) Stannis and that healthy wariness of the red priestess, what could possibly lead to a Davos/Melisandre alliance — how could the former smuggler ever get past what she did to poor Shireen (*sob*)? Cunningham says we’re in for some strange changes…cue I Put a Spell on You and let your jaw drop open at his ***Spoilerish comments about Season 6:

 

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He gets sucked into stuff that we’ve never seen him do before, against his better judgment. We will see him doing things that we haven’t seen him doing before. That’s not a sexual reference, even though it f—king sounds like one!

Continuing on, though he calls this a “hypothetical situation,” Cunningham gives us some insight as to where things stand at the end of Season 5 and the beginning of 6:

There’s one or two things that’s going to happen. First of all, they are very, very strange bedfellows, as they say, but they are in a very weird situation. For two people who have an abhorrent dislike of each other, they’re both in the same boat. We both lost Stannis. We both lost our reason for being in the show. Also, both of us have found ourselves leaning towards Jon Snow. She has seen something in the flames about this dude. I have found, while talking with Stannis to Jon, that this guy is a fellow traveler. He’s the real deal. He’s a good guy. He’s definitely got leadership qualities, and he has a heroic and charismatic quality to him. Davos will obviously be drawn to that kind of character. Davos isn’t a leader.
So [Davos and Melisandre are] both in Castle Black, in a terrible spot in the same s—t, and they hate each other. [Laughs] It’s brilliant drama. Brilliant! What a set-up. It’s a series by itself!
I do not know what’s happened to Shireen or Stannis. As an audience [member], you’re going to look at [Davos] and assume that he’s going to assume she was killed in the battle or whatever. So to return to your question, if I found out at the end of [Season] 5 or in the break that she’s responsible for it, there’s no f–king way I’m going to team up. So you have to figure out for yourself where that’s going to go as the season progresses.

If we look at the full Season 6 trailer, there are two points of interest as it pertains to what could be happening. First, there’s a shot of Ser Alliser Thorne and others involved in some kind of confrontation — a guy with an axe breaking down an entryway…

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Could it be that Davos has to fight off some of the Night’s Watch men to keep them from Jon Snow’s body in that last bit of the trailer, because he’s agreed to let Melisandre try to resurrect Jon? That’s pretty much the only reason I can see Seaworth aligning with her, per Cunningham’s comment that they’re both “leaning toward” Snow.

The interesting part of the actor’s comments is that bit about Davos not knowing what happened with Stannis and Shireen, and implying that when he does find out, all hell will break loose. If that means Davos is eventually going to have his revenge, oh Lord of Light, we cannot wait!

Read more interesting tidbits, including what sounds like the biggest battle we’ve ever seen “Snow Bowl?”, a strange fan theory about what Davos might be doing in that final trailer scene, and a word Liam Cunninham had never heard before.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over seven years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • Valhallaback Girl

    It’s a weird thing to watch your favorite show and know whether or not certain characters are going to be ok either in the foreseeable future or because they just gotta.

    But Davos. I’ve never rooted more for a single character in my entire life. I don’t mind if his storyline melds with Melisandre’s, but there’s got to be some comeuppance, right?

    RIGHT?!

    • He’s absolutely one of my favorites — in the books as well. Stupid TV Stannis wouldn’t listen.

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