There was a major death that closed out the Season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones and it’s one not even book readers could have seen coming. At the end of the episodes, after refusing to kneel before Stannis Baratheon, Mance Rayder was gruesomely roasted alive until Jon Snow put him out of his misery with an arrow. A very similar scene takes place in the books including the roasting and the arrow. But on the page, it’s one of Rayder’s lieutenants, Rattleshirt who dies. Melisandre glamours Rattleshirt to look like Mance and Mance to look like Rattleshirt and Jon, not knowing Mance is dead, starts training with Mance in disguise. Well Rattleshirt hasn’t been seen on the show since Season 3.
There is a part in the booking about Mance training Jon Snow. That relationship is actually pretty lovely in the books. But it hasn’t been translating very well on screen. But, more importantly, the way Jon treated Mance here, and the leadership he showed in stepping up and firing that mortal arrow, went a long way towards rehabilitating a character that has never come across as well onscreen as it did in the books. I just love Jon Snow!
I think Mance might just pop up again – may be this is the Indian daily soap effect – that I am thinking too much. That’s why I don’t watch them anymore!