- "Man once again faces the war for the dawn, which has been waged since time began. On one side is the Lord of Light, the Heart of Fire, the God of Flame and Shadow. Against him stands the Great Other, whose name may not be spoken. The Lord of Darkness, the Soul of Ice, the God of Night and Terror."
- ―Thoros of Myr
After the sacrifice of Axell Florent to the fires of R'hllor, the Red Priestess Melisandre instructs Shireen Baratheon, the daughter of Stannis and Selyse Baratheon, on their religion as Selyse believes the child is too stubborn and fears for her soul. Melisandre assures Shireen that her uncle Axell is in a better place now but the child remains unconvinced so the Red Woman tells her the Faith of the Seven and their Seven-Pointed Star is but a fable —there are only two gods, eternally at war: a god of light and love and joy, R'hllor, and a god of darkness, evil, and fear, the Great Other. Shireen asks whether there are seven heavens and seven hells and Melisandre claims there is only one hell: the one they are living in right then and there, the life before death.
In the books
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, the Great Other is also the antithesis to R'hllor. His true name is forbidden to be said. All forces of darkness, cold, and death are believed to be only servants to the Great Other. Melisandre refers to the Others as the "cold children" of the Great Other.