In the religion of R’hllor there is a prophecy about a legendary figure named Azor Ahai, that is said will return one day to defeat the “Great Other” (probably White Walkers) with the sword ‘Lightbringer’. Until last season, the Red Priestess Melisandre believed Stannis Baratheon to be Azor Ahai, we know how that ended for him. Who is “The Prince that was Promised?”

Warning: this post will discuss details from the show and contains spoilers. 

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Who is the Prince that was Promised?


Jon Snow-150
Daenerys Targaryen+150
Jaime Lannister+400

Let’s make a case for each character by examining two prophecies from the books that can help us identify the Prince that was Promised.

The first prophecy says, “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.” The second, “When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone.”

Jon Snow is the betting favorite. He was literally “reborn” after the brothers of the Night’s Watch murdered him. In the books, he has dreams of handling a glowing red sword. In the show, the King in the North has a Valeryian sword, which is made of fire.

If it’s not Jon, then a case can easily be made for Dany. From last week’s episode “Stormborn”, we know that in High Valeryian the word for Prince is gender neutral, meaning it could be the Prince or Princess that was promised. Dany, like Jon, was also “reborn” when she walked into Khal Drogo’s funeral pyre and emerged unburnt. Best of all, she “woke dragons out of stone”.

Jaime being the Prince that was Promised is a little more convoluted but basically involves him killing Cersei, which we would all enjoy.

Thrones has taught us that prophecies can be a dangerous thing. Who is your pick for the Prince that was Promised and will it matter when the Night King gets past The Wall?

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