Leading into the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale, the stakes were the highest they ever have been for everyone in Westeros, and the fate of the realm was hanging in the balance. Now that the finale has aired, we've seen the shape of things to come for the final season — as dire as they may be — in one of the best episodes of the show to date.
We've also possibly seen confirmation of a major fan theory.
Note: Major spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 7, titled 'The Dragon and the Wolf,' below
The Game of Thrones Season 7 finale was filled with amazing moments, many of which fans have been dying to see. The Stark children finally banded together, Cersei was convinced that the army of undead exist, and Petyr Baelish’s games finally caught up with him. While each twist and turn in the finale was exceptional, it was the union between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen that really set the wheels in motion for the final season of the show.
Jon and Daenerys had been flirting all season, and now they're officially an item. Fans have been rooting for the two since they first met at Dragonstone — even if they are related — and they finally gave into their feelings. Their romance is a huge deal for the future of Westeros, but it also might mean that the heartbreaking Nissa Nissa theory might come to pass.
What Does Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow's Relationship Mean For The Future Of Westeros?
Towards the end of the Season 7 finale, Bran and Samwell figured out that Jon was the product of the lawful union between Raeghar Targaryen and Lynna Stark, which makes him the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. This is big news for Jon; however, he has bent the knee to Daenerys, so what happens next?
If we’ve learned anything about Jon Snow in the past seven seasons of Game of Thrones, it’s that he is a man of honor and has no desire to be the King of the Seven Kingdoms. However, it’s very hard to predict what Daenerys will do when she learns the truth. She trusts him, so if anything, Jon’s real heritage and name, Aegon Targaryen, will only solidify his place by her side — if she’s OK with having a relationship with her nephew.
Beyond the political implications of Jon and Dany’s union, however, is something more interesting — and it speaks to a prophecy that might spell doom for one of them.
Did Game Of Thrones Confirm Who Nissa Nissa is From The Azor Ahai Prophecy?
As Jon and Daenerys began to grow close to one another over the course of Season 7, fans began to speculate about what it meant if the two were to fall in love. Many believed that both characters were candidates for the prophecy of which Melisandre spoke in Season 2, regarding what she called, "The Prince that was Promised."
In A Song of Ice and Fire, "The Prince that was Promised" refers to the second coming of the legendary hero Azor Ahai, who is destined to slay “the darkness” with the mighty sword, Lightbringer. The prophecy mentioned in the ancient books of Asshai (which is the official text of the servants of the Lord of Light) follows as such:
“There will come a day after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world. In this dread hour, a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him.”
In the past 2 seasons, evidence began to mount suggesting Jon Snow is Azor Ahai, and even Melisandre came to believe that he is after he rose from the grave in Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 1. If Jon Snow is Azor Ahai reborn, it's great news for Westeros, but not for the person whom Jon Snow loves.
According to the prophecy, Azor Ahai can vanquish the darkness, but only if he wields Lightbringer. Ser Davos told the story of the creation of Lightbringer in A Clash of Kings, in which Azor Ahai forged Lightbringer by thrusting it into the heart of his love, Nissa Nissa. Azor Ahai’s sacrifice was key to the creation of Lightbringer, since Nissa Nissa’s soul, blood, strength, and courage were absorbed by the sword and was the source of its power.
Many fans speculated that once Azor Ahai is revealed, that person will have to kill their great love to forge Lightbringer, which became known as the Nissa Nissa theory. Given the events that took place in the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale, and if Jon Snow is truly Azor Ahai reborn, it stands to reason that Daenerys Targaryen could be Nissa Nissa.
We don't know for sure that Jon would have to kill Daenerys to forge Lightbringer, but given the prophecy — and how the show likes to rip our hearts out — he might have to make that sacrifice.
All the pieces of the Azor Ahai prophecy seem to be falling into place, and since the Night King has finally breached the wall, it looks like the darkness has finally descended on Westeros. Maybe the Azor Ahai prophecy will turn out to just be a legend, but as of right now, defeating the Night King might come at a great cost to Jon Snow and fans of Game of Thrones.
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