"Bad way to go... I'll be honest with you, I don't want to die. And burnt to death? I don't want people to remember me like that; scorched and screaming, but it's better then betraying everything I believe."
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MANNER OF DEATH:
Shot with an arrow by Jon Snow out of mercy before he could catch fire after being set to be burned alive by Melisandre
In A Dance with Dragons, Mance is sentenced to death by burning, though for deserting the Night's Watch rather than for not bending the knee. He is, however, secretly rescued from his fate by Melisandre, who uses a glamour to switch Mance's appearance with that of Rattleshirt, who dies in his place. Jon remains unaware of the switch at first, but begins to suspect when Rattleshirt picks a fight with him and displays similar skills to Mance.
Melisandre eventually reveals Mance to Jon, after Stannis has left, and they send him on a mission to rescue Arya Stark from Winterfell, Jon having heard that she has recently been married to Ramsay Bolton (unaware that it is actually Jeyne Poole). In the television series, his execution is genuine, and his role of offering to rescue the Stark girl (Sansa Stark) from Winterfell is played out by Brienne of Tarth, though unlike Mance, Brienne does not enter Winterfell.
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