If you haven't watched Sunday night's epic Game of Thrones episode yet, be warned, there will be plenty of SPOILERS below. During the new episode Home, the red priestess Melisandre (Carice Van Houten) uttered a unique prayer during a pivotal scene that will have Game of Thrones fans talking for weeks and months on end. The prayer itself was spoken in the Valyrian language, but thanks to some cunning linguists, we have a translation of this prayer below. This is your last chance to avoid spoilers, so turn back now if you haven't watched Home yet.
In the months that followed the Season 5 finale, where Jon Snow (Kit Harington) was brutally murdered by his own Night's Watch brothers, many had wondered if the red priestess Melisandre would be able to use her mystical powers to bring Snow back to life. We had seen one of her colleagues, the red priest Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye) resurrect Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) back in Season 3, and with some coaxing from Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), Melisandre was able to give Jon Snow a second lease on life. She did so by uttering this unique prayer, which has been translated below by a Reddit user named Mecho. Take a look at this prayer in Valyrian, with the English translation in parentheses.
"Zyhys oñoso jehikagon Aeksiot epi, se gis hen syndrorro jemagon. (We ask the Lord to shine his light, and lead a soul out of darkness.) Zyhys perzys stepagon Aeksio Oño jorepi, se morghultas lys qelitsos sikagon. (We beg the Lord to share his fire, and light a candle that has gone out.) Hen syndrorro, oños. Hen ñuqir, perzys. Hen morghot, glaeson. (From darkness, light. From ashes, fire. From death, life.)"
In the Season 6 premiere, fans learned quite the shocking secret about Melisandre, who was seen stripping naked before removing the unique necklace she's always seen wearing. That necklace, it seems, serves as a mystical mask, of sorts, hiding her true form as an ancient, wrinkled lady. We don't know for sure if we'll get more details about Melisandre's unique backstory, but as for Jon Snow, we'll certainly get to see much more of him this season. Shortly after Home aired on HBO, Kit Harington broke his silence, revealing that Season 6 will be the biggest yet for Jon Snow.
Now that Jon Snow is back among the living, many fans are hoping that this season will finally reveal who Jon Snow's mother is. Snow has long been believed to be a bastard son of the late Ned Stark (Sean Bean), but since fathering a bastard child isn't something one would expect from the honorable Ned, fans have come up with another theory, known as R+L=J. This theory claims that Jon Snow is actually the child of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, Ned's sister, which would give Snow a very strong claim to the Iron Throne, since he would be part Stark and part Targaryen. The theory claims that, before Lyanna died, she made Ned promise not to tell anyone about the true heritage of this child. In the books, Ned Stark returned from war with young Jon, claiming he was his bastard, although he would never tell Jon about his mother. Before Jon Snow left for Castle Black in Season 1, Ned promised that they'd talk about his mother the next time they saw each other, but that never happened, since Ned was beheaded shortly thereafter by young King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson).
During last week's Home, one of Bran Stark's greensight visions showed a young Ned Stark sparring with his brother Benjen, when their training is interrupted by Lyanna, riding circles around them on horseback. Bran mentions in the episode that his father Ned rarely spoke about his sister, but next week's episode we'll find out even more about her. Oathbreaker, which airs on May 8, will feature another one of Bran's greensight visions that showcases the battle of the Tower of Joy, which was sparked by Rhaegar Targaryen's abduction of Lyanna Stark. Stay tuned for more on Season 6 of Game of Thrones as we get ready for next week's episode, Oathbreaker.