As trò chơi of Thrones" final season continues, one of the biggest unanswered questions looming over the quest khổng lồ rule Westeros is who is Azor Anhì, a.k.a. the Prince That Was Promised? This legendary figure has been mentioned several times over the past seven seasons as someone who defeated the White Walker invasion the last time it threatened Westeros. The HBO drama closed out Season 7 with an imminent threat of a White Walker takeover, so it’s safe khổng lồ say the legover of Azor Anhị is about to lớn come into lớn play in a big way. But just who is this anh hùng, & how is he—or she—important to lớn the upcoming showdown with the Night King?

The Background

Let"s first look at the original Azor Ahai, a legendary figure in the R"hllor faith who lived thousands of years ago. R"hllor, also known as the Lord of Light, is a god worshipped in Essos. Those in the không tính phí cities who practice this faith believe in two entities: R"hllor, a god of light, life & heat, và the Great Other, a god of darkness and death whose true name is forbidden khổng lồ be uttered within the faith.

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According khổng lồ the stories, about 8,000 years ago, a period of darkness and bitter cold descended upon Westeros. It was called "The Long Night" và with it came the White Walkers, who sought khổng lồ end all life by making everyone part of their army of the dead. Azor Anhì was a nhân vật who forged Lightbringer, a sword made of fire that radiated heat, burning whoever touched it. It took him three tries khổng lồ successfully forge the sword; he sacrificed his wife on the third attempt and it was her soul that brought Lightbringer to life. Ahai used Lightbringer to lớn beat baông xã the invading White Walkers & the Great Other.

Afterward, a prophecy said Azor Anhì was destined khổng lồ be reborn và defeat the darkness again. In A Clash of Kings, the red priestess Melisandre recounts to lớn Davos Seaworth the ancient Asshai prophecy:

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 hlặng.

In A Storm of Swords, Melisandre mentions another prophecy about Azor Ahai that says “when the red star bleeds và the darkness gathers, Azor Anhị shall be born again amidst smoke & salternative text to wake dragons out of stone." But Melisandre also refers khổng lồ Azor Anhì as “The Prince That Was Promised.”

There is wide debate aao ước A Song of Ice & Fire readers about whether Azor Anhị & this Prince are the same person. Melisandre refers lớn them as if they are one & the same, but they may not be.

While George R.R. Martin"s books bởi seem khổng lồ imply that they are the same person, an alternate theory is that the Prince That Was Promised will be the one to lớn pull Lightbringer from the fire, but then give sầu the sword lớn someone else, who will be "Azor Anhị come again." With that in mind, who are the likeliest candidates?

The Contenders

Jon Snow

Melisandre always believed that Stannis Baratheon was Azor Anhị, and therefore, also the Prince That Was Promised. However, after Stannis died and Jon Snow was brought baông xã from the dead in Season 6, she changed her tune và confessed to lớn Davos that she now believed Jon khổng lồ be the prophesied savior.

He does seem lượt thích a safe bet. We now know for certain that Jon is the offspring of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanmãng cầu Stark, which makes hyên ổn a Targaryen prince. Plus, he has shown a talent for dealing with White Walkers. Finally, in A Dance With Dragons, Melisandre has a vision where she prays for "a glimpse of Azor Ahai, & R"hllor shows only Snow." Snow is capitalized, which can"t be a coincidence. So perhaps Azor và the Prince are the same person và that person is Jon Snow.

Daenerys Targaryen

There are others who believe sầu Daenerys is the "Prince," most notably Maester Aemon (Peter Vaughan), who used his dying words in A Feast for Crows to lớn point out that in High Valyrian the word for "Prince" is actually gender neutral & that the "Prince That Was Promised" could be female. Plus, Melisandre tells Davos in A Storm of Swords that Azor Anhì "shall be born again amidst smoke & salt lớn wake dragons out of stone." If that doesn"t sound like Daenerys, I don"t know what does.

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Or perhaps Azor & the Prince are two different people, and one is Jon và one is Daenerys. They did just start sleeping together, so it would make sense that they have now formed a powerful alliance that can defeat the Night King.

The Theories

Reddit user burning_skunk lays out a fairly solid argument that Jon is the prince và Daenerys is Azor, the idea being that Jon is the "warrior" who will pull Lightbringer from the fire and he will give sầu it to lớn Daenerys. She will then lead the charge against the Night King, two dragons by her side. It doesn"t hurt that she will be hell-bent on avenging the loss of her third rồng, Viserion, whom the Night King speared out of the sky at the over of Season 7.

One thing that lends some credence to lớn this theory is that in A Clash of Kings, Daenerys herself has a vision in the House of the Undying where she sees a man & a woman whom she assumes are her brother Rhaegar & his wife Elia. This “Elia” is nursing a baby that Rhaegar says is named “Aegon” and is “the Prince That Was Promised.” We now know that Rhaegar’s only living son is actually Jon Snow, and his real name is Aegon Targaryen. The woman in Daenerys’s vision could well have been Lyanna Stark & Jon could be the promised prince.


Burning_skunk"s theory also includes a third piece of the puzzle in the form of Brandon Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) as the Last Hero, another legendary figure believed lớn have sầu defeated the White Walkers during the Long Night. The Last Hero sought out the Children of the Forest with a traveling tiệc ngọt & a dog, much like Bran has over the past few seasons. The theory here is that Jon, Daenerys, and Bran must come together as present-day versions of these mythological figures to defeat the White Walker invasion.

There is one other school of thought regarding Daenerys and Jon. Instead of one being the Prince and the other Azor Anhị, some fans think that Jon is Azor Anhì and Daenerys is his wife, Nissa Nissa—the one he sacrificed to lớn bring Lightbringer to life. Some Game of Thrones viewers believe sầu that Jon will ultimately have khổng lồ sacrifice Daenerys in order to forge the sword that will defeat the Night King. Hopefully, this is not the case—what a bummer ending that would be to lớn Daenerys’s story.

While we feel fairly confident that Azor Ahai and the prince will ultimately turn out khổng lồ be Jon, Daenerys or both of them, there are a few fringe theories that say Azor Anhì may be Tyrion Lannister or Sandor Clegane, but it doesn"t feel lượt thích the show is going in either direction, và both options feel anticlimactic. Tyrion và the Hound are great characters to lớn be sure, but are they pivotal enough to be the key to defeating the Night King and his army of the undead?

Andrea ReiherTV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama khổng lồ clever comedy to lớn the best reality TV has lớn offer.
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