“Game of Thrones” Season 6 finale revealed the truth about Jon Snow’s parents after Bran Stark witnessed his birth. However, this revelation caused another big revelation to go unnoticed, that he is, in fact, the Prince that was Promised.
According to the religion of R’hllor, Azor Ahai was among those who helped repel the White Walkers during the Long Night and has since died. But according to the servants of the Lord of Light, he will be reincarnated in the current period.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Episode 1: The Prince That Was Promised
In Melisandre’s words to Jon Snow in the “Game of Thrones” novels, she reveals the signs in which the legendary figure will be reborn. “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.”
Pretty straight forward for “Game of Thrones” don’t you think? Unfortunately up until the circumstances of his birth were revealed, there was no concrete proof that Jon Snow is the Prince that was Promised.
‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Episode 1: Jon Snow Is Azor Ahai
Back to the scene from the “Game of Thrones” season 6 finale, the circumstances of Jon Snow’s birth coincide with the prophecy. As Ned enters the room he places Dawn, Ser Arthur Dayne’s sword, on the foot of the bed.
Dawn, the ancestral sword of House Dayne is made from a meteorite. In other words, a falling star. Dawn and has just been used to kill men including Dayne himself, their blood are still on its blade hence the bleeding red star.
As for the smoke, it refers to Robert’s Rebellion which turned the whole realm into a smoking husk as towns and cities razed to the ground. The salt was probably referring to Lyanna Stark’s tears as she lay dying in Ned Stark’s arms.
And the dragons undoubtedly refer to Jon Snow’s Targaryen ancestry, which Lyanna revealed, along with his true name. He is the son of Rhaegar Targaryen the Last Dragon and therefore carries Targaryen blood in his veins.
The Targaryens are the only survivor of the Valyrian Freehold and thus are the only ones capable of hatching dragons. This was shown when Daenerys hatched her 3 dragons from supposedly petrified eggs.
There were others who were proclaimed to be Azor Ahai — Stannis Baratheon and Daenerys Targaryen were among them. However, only the birth of Jon Snow was revealed to be fitting the prophecy.
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Find out when “Game of Thrones” Season 7 premieres next year.