We’re down to the last 79 minutes and 43 seconds of Season 7 of Game of Thrones and we’re hoping that at least a few of our hundreds of favorite fan theories will finally be confirmed. Warning, if you’re not caught up with Game of Thrones Season 7, head over to HBO ASAP.
With just seven episodes of Game of Thrones remaining ever, many of the most iconic fan theories have been confirmed, or debunked, but there’s one that continues to elicit more fan theories than Varys had little birds: The identity of Azor Ahai. The prophecy of The Prince That Was Promised, aka whoever will save the world from impenetrable darkness, has been one of the longest-running questions of the series. Now, a new fan theory believes the title *actually* belongs to a long-dead character.
That’s right, Azor Ahai could, in fact, be Rhaegar Targaryen.
If you’re currently thinking, “How could Rhaegar be The Prince That Was Promised if he’s been dead for two decades?” That’s a fair question, but it’s also what makes the theory so compelling. We all know by now that Azor Ahai is supposed to defeat the darkness with his faithful sword Lightbringer, but according to this theory from Reddit user luxurysedan3030, Lightbringer isn’t a sword but — rather, Jon Snow himself.
Honestly the theory kind of makes sense. As most fans of the show and books know, Rhaegar was obsessed with the prophecy of The Prince That Was Promised, and for many years believed himself to be that prince. However, later on he realized that it may not be him but his son, Aegon (the first Aegon who was killed by the Mountain during the rebellion — try and keep up).
Luxurysedan3030 even has answers (albeit, bleak) about Nissa Nissa and the forging of Lightbringer. The legend says that Azor Ahai forged Lightbringer on his third try, unleashing its power by plunging it into the heart of Nissa Nissa. So what does this have to do with Jon? Lyanna Stark, Rhaegar’s wife (and maybe true love?) died giving birth to Jon — Rhaegar’s third child.
Additionally, since Jon was brought back to life by Melisandre in Season 6, it’s been said that the Lord of Light believes Jon has a purpose alive. This is all to say that Jon Snow, fearless warrior and secret Targaryen, might not *actually* be The Prince That Was Promised, BUT he might just be the weapon needed to defeat the darkness.
This is a *lot* to take in and is a surprisingly compelling theory. While it seems the debate over Azor Ahai will never end, it could all come to a head on Sunday during the season finale of Game of Thrones.