Another Grey Girl Meta
and surprising new evidence for Jonsa.
(If you want to see it, scroll down to the “Two Snowflakes Dancing” section).
This is another loooooong meta that I will have to break up into two separate posts.
I know this is not the only grey girl meta out there. Unfortunately I’m very bad at searching for metas on Tumblr. So, if you have written a meta of your own about the grey girl, please send me a private message and I will link to it in this post!
Mel is at the Wall, where she feels like her magic is more powerful. Her main goal, it appears, is to birth shadow babies to fight the Others:
She was stronger at the Wall, stronger even than in Asshai. Such shadows as I bring forth here will be terrible, and no creature of the dark will stand before them. - Melisandre, ADwD
Mel wants Jon to trust her. It appears that trust is part of the spell of making these shadow babies, otherwise why not just rape him? I believe the sex has to be consensual. Therefore, she wants to convince Jon that her powers are real, that they can help him, and that he is making a mistake in not trusting her:
“Your Wall is a queer place, but there is power here, if you will use it. Power in you, and in this beast [Ghost]. You resist it, and that is your mistake. Embrace it. Use it. I can show you how. The Lord of Light in his wisdom made us male and female, two parts of a greater whole. In our joining there is power. Power to make life. Power to make light. Power to cast shadows.” - Jon, ADwD
Gawd Mel, your pickup lines are the worst! Her motive in telling Jon about the grey girl is to gain his trust, so that she can use him for sex, which she thinks will give her powerful shadows to fight the Others. Jon isn’t buying it (smart guy).
However, the closest she comes to convincing him is when Ghost appears to like her. Jon finds that odd. Then she tells him he casts a long, dark shadow upon the Wall, and he appears to start putting his hopes in her hands because he sees her power:
“Every man who walks the earth casts a shadow on the world. Some are thin and weak, others long and dark. You should look behind you, Lord Snow.” said Melisandre. “The moon has kissed you and etched your shadow upon the ice twenty feet tall.”
Jon glanced over his shoulder. The shadow was there, just as she had said, etched in moonlight against the Wall. A girl in grey on a dying horse, he thought. Coming here, to you. Arya. He turned back to the red priestess. Jon could feel her warmth. She has power.” - Jon, ADwD
Jon does eventually succumb to the tale she spins about his sister, sending Mance out to find her. Jon is lonely, homesick, and worries about her. Unfortunately he won’t help her at the end of Dance, since we know it’s not really his sister (fake Arya is Jeyne Poole, Sansa’s friend at Winterfell). That is the first red herring. Then there is a second. How did Mel get both of these wrong? The answer is, she didn’t. Let’s examine the chapter where she talks about the vision.
A Girl as Grey as Ash
It is important to note that we do not see her original vision, just her memory of it recounted in a flashback: