ByGenevieve Van Voorhis, writer at
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Genevieve Van Voorhis

WARNING: Spoilers Ahead! Spoilers for A Song of Ice and Fire books and Game Of Thrones Season 6.

There's one topic in particular that's driven home in A Song Of Ice And Fire and comparatively only touched on in Game of Thrones, but the chances of it becoming a much bigger deal throughout Season 6 and the end of the series are HIGH. Does the name Azor Ahai ring any bells? What about the Prince that was Promised?

The late Joffrey Baratheon.
The late Joffrey Baratheon.

(N.B. Some people think that the Prince that was Promised and Azor Ahai are two separate entities, but Melisandre and Aemon Targaryen both use Azor Ahai interchangeably, so for the purposes of this article, I will, too.)

We All Know That Winter Is Coming...

...And it's going to be a long one. The White Walkers are this close to getting over the Wall. The last time that winter descended upon the world, one hero rescued all the people from getting turned into human slushies for the White Walkers to guzzle. This legendary hero is known across Westeros and Essos by many names, but one of these names seems to be the most popular: Azor Ahai.

Did he? Haven't heard that story before.
Did he? Haven't heard that story before.

Check out this clip from back in Season 2, when Melisandre thought she had everything figured out:

Melisandre believed she had found the ancient warrior that was written about in books. She believed that promised prince was Stannis Baratheon. Of course, we all know how that turned out...

What Are The Clues That Point To Azor Ahai?

Well, as the prophecy goes, Azor Ahai is related to all of these symbols:

  • Born amid smoke
  • Born amid salt (sweat? tears?)
  • A bleeding star in the sky (a red shooting star?)
  • The blood of dragons (Targaryen blood?)
  • A sword called Lightbringer
  • A three-headed dragon (Dany's three dragons?)
  • A song of ice and fire

Who Are The Characters That Could Possibly Be The Prince That Was Promised?

1. Daenerys

Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons.
Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons.

The way things stand at the moment, no one is more likely to be the one to save the world from the next ice age than Daenerys Targeryen. Aemon Targaryen believes that she could be the Prince that was Promised, since Valeryian is a gender-neutral language.

And she matches up with all the symbols:

  • She sees the bleeding star appear in the sky at the end of book one/Season 1, before she climbs onto the funeral pyre
  • She was reborn amid smoke and salt when she rose from the flames of Khal Drogo's funeral pyre, and again when she emerged from the burning temple of the dosh khaleen.
  • Her dragons could be her weapon, or Lightbringer
  • She is the next in line of the House Targaryen
  • She is the Mother of Dragons

2. Jon Snow

The bastard Jon Snow.
The bastard Jon Snow.

Since his timely resurrection at the hands of Melisandre, Jon Snow is another solid contender for the Prince that was Promised. He doesn't fulfill as many of the criteria as Dany (yet), but if you've been following the R+L=J fan theory, it's possible that he possesses the same Targaryen blood as Daenerys. And since he's already a distinguished warrior, it wouldn't be too surprising if he were to pull a mythical sword out of flames sometime in the next few episodes.

3. Tyrion Lannister

Everyone's favorite Lannister, Tyrion.
Everyone's favorite Lannister, Tyrion.

Coming in third place is the clever, drunken dwarf Tyrian Lannister. He's connected to even less of the Azor Ahai symbols than Jon Snow, but if you believe in A+J=T, then it could be that Tyrion will ride the third of Dany's dragons.

If you want to know even more about Azor Ahai and the Prince that was Promised, check out Alt Shift X's fan video, which incorporates evidence from the books and series to tell you everything you need to know about this Game of Thrones theory.

What do you think about Azor Ahai and the Prince that was Promised?


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