Track of the Day: 'Maiden, Mother, & Crone'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Today’s track is Thrones themed. Here’s reader Dan:

Your reader said “there is no evidence in the show that she has any favor with R’hllor [the Lord of Light],” which is something I’ve always suspected. Now that we’ve seen Melisandre transform into an old woman, it indicates a potential connection to the main religion in Westoros, the Faith of the Seven. The female half of the seven are maiden, mother, and crone, and you could argue that Melisandre has now played all three roles.

Regardless of whether or not she’s a god, she’s definitely magical, and I like the idea that she will perform the classic witch role of offering a gift (resurrecting Jon Snow) in exchange for some other terrible deed down the road. That paves the way for him to defeat the white walkers, Boltons, Lanisters, etc. but still not become king, leaving the throne open to Daenerys.

Also, one of my favorite metal bands, The Sword, has an awesome song about the maiden, mother, and crone.

And an awesome music video:

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