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In the Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 1 "Red Woman", when the Night's Watch brothers take Jon Snow's body into a room, Davos paused to see the blood stain. It looks like he is observing something. So is there something to notice or I am just reading Davos body language too much?

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    I think you are reading into it. He's in shock at what has just happened. – sanpaco May 5 '16 at 4:50
  • As a guess, knowing what Ser Davos knows about the Red Woman, the powers of King's Blood from Roberts bastard, and how important Jon is to Stannis, his looking at the blood is the hamsters in his head turning the wheel. This is the moment where Davos starts to think, which results in planning to ask Melisandre to do something. It's a look of inspiration born of desperation. His king, and more importantly the princess, are first in his mind so Davos is going to do whatever he can. He doesn't yet know the full details of what happened in the Camp. – cde May 5 '16 at 5:54
  • Maybe, he saw there for evidence but found only blood. – Mr_Green May 5 '16 at 9:51
  • I paused at the frame, look for clues in the blood, was disappointed though imagined a lot of shapes and things! :P – Deepak Kamat May 6 '16 at 19:15
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Simplest answer is, he's in shock, head spinning, trying to make sense of what happened and his place in it. Don't forget that, despite not knowing Jon very well, Davos was with Stannis when he personally warned Jon about Alliser and his other enemies.

From the transcript for episode 3 of series 5:

Stannis: You have many enemies in Castle Black. Have you considered sending Alliser Thorne elsewhere? Give him command of Eastwach-by-the-Sea.

Jon: I heard it was best to keep your enemies close.

Stannis: Whoever said that didn't have many enemies.

[pause]

Davos: He [Stannis] sees something in you. Might not be apparent from his tone, but it's the truth. He believes in you.

As you can see, they practically laughed off the risk, and Jon didn't follow Davos's advice.

Suddenly, now, it just got very real.

There are some other reasons why what happened to Jon had personal resonance to Davos - more detail on them in my answer to Why does Davos care about Jon so much?


There are other little practical things he could be deducing, too, for example:

  • No evidence of a struggle or a fight - he can see that Jon wasn't able to defend himself
  • It's probably possible to tell from the blood being frozen that whatever happened was long enough ago that Jon's survival chances are almost zero
  • He'll also be aware that he needs to make a big decision about what he does next and who he sides with

It'd be out of character for him to be thinking in such a detached way, but he is observant and quick thinking, and thoughts like this would be buzzing around his head alongside everything else.

Can't blame him for taking a moment to try to make sense of it all.

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It's probably more mundane than this, but personally I see a crude dragon. I've used even cruder paint skills to try illustrating this.

John Snow's bloodstain. Possibly a dragon?

Likely? No. Possible foreshadowing? Sure, why not!?

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    Look more like a Direwolf to me. Or is it both? :p – Möoz May 9 '16 at 2:38
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Ser Davos believed in Jon Snow and his ability to lead the Night's Watch. That blood stain looks like a blurred crow (which is of course bloodstained) which symbolizes that Ser Davos thinks that the Night's Watch is about to collapse now that their only efficient leader has died (The crow is the symbol of the Night's Watch). This is a piece of art and is really open to interpretation. This was my interpretation.

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