Well, he’s alive again, so does that make Jon Snow Azor Ahai? Best not to count any dragons before they hatch when it comes to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, but guessing is part of the whole deal, right? If you don’t know who Azor Ahai (aka the Prince That Was Promised) is, he was a hero who defeated the Others/White Walkers and ended the Long Night thousands of years ago. He wielded a flaming sword, Lightbringer, that he forged by thrusting it through many things, most importantly his beloved wife’s heart. Sorry, Nissa Nissa. A coming war with the White Walkers will require the rebirth of this hero. Is it Jon?
Theories abound about whether Jon Snow is a Targaryen, of royal blood and therefore the guy who’s going to bring the ultimate heat, beating back the darkness and a horde of White Walkers dead-set on destroying men. The prophecies speak of a time “when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world.” Azor Ahai’s return is also marked by “when the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers” and that he’ll be “born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone.”
Is Melisandre a bleeding star signifying Jon’s rebirth as Azor Ahai? Is the Wall made of seawater and therefore the “salt” foretold in the prophecy? Or is it the salty tears of stab-happy Olly as he swings in the wind at the end of a rope? Or Jon’s tears over Ygritte? And is the smoke Jon’s hair from his resurrection cut sizzling in the brazier while Melisandre chants?
While we wait for the story lines to reveal the true of identity of Azor Ahai, there are also many other things to consider. And we must remember that GRRM likes to toy with us through false prophecies and zigzags within them. He gets a kick out of misdirection so before you get that Jon Snow Azor Ahai tattoo, might want to wait awhile.
If Jon Snow Azor Ahai theories hold up, he’s going to need some help. Even a mighty undead warrior with a flaming sword needs help fighting the other undead guys. Will Jon’s Prince That Was Promised posse include Daenerys, Tyrion, Bran, and perhaps his secret twin Meera Reed? Most importantly, will his resurrection spark the rebirth of a dragon within the Wall? Cause there’s always more room for dragons.
Let’s look at a few of the clues, theories, and signs that Jon is Azor Ahai and the Prince That Was Promised is finally here. Or maybe Dany.
He Rose from the Dead!
The Elements of the Prophecy Are Falling Into Place
We’ve seen the star bleed in the form of the Red Comet when Dany’s dragons were born and she walked out of the pyre. The cold breath of darkness is the imminent White Walker threat that Jon has witnessed for himself along with an introduction to the Night’s King. Melisandre may be the Lightbringer or lead Jon to it.
Salty, Smokey Things
In the books, we get the salt and smoke from Jon’s assassination. “Then Bowen Marsh stood there before him, tears running down his cheeks. ‘For the Watch.’ He punched Jon in the belly. When he pulled his hand away, the dagger stayed where he had buried it. Jon fell to his knees. He found the dagger’s hilt and wrenched it free. In the cold night air the wound was smoking.”
In the show, the salt could be represented as the actual Wall (possibly comprised of seawater), Olly’s one angry tear, Jon’s tears over his betrayal, or Tormund’s comments about Jon’s little Longclaw and his way of looking at Brienne when he’s munching on some mutton. Jon’s wounds were sort of smokey, but his hair certainly smoked when Melisandre threw it on the brazier. Also, if he’s a Targ, he was born at the end of Robert’s Rebellion, where there was a lot of salt and smoke.
Are these the signs and wonders everyone was looking for?
Who or What Is Lightbringer?
Okay, WTF! But besides that, Lightbringer needs a sacrifice. So does this mean that Longclaw, plunged into the heart (figuratively or literally) of someone Jon loves, will become Lightbringer? Would Ygritte’s death at the end of Ollys’s arrow and then Jon’s execution of Olly, someone he also cared for, suffice? He does use his sword to cut the rope to hang four of the Crows who killed him. By the way, weren’t there more than four of those guys? Does this enlist the Night’s Watch as a symbolic Lightbringer? Jon’s Watch may have ended but that doesn’t mean he’s completely done with his brothers.
Or is Lightbringer a person such as the Red Priestess who sacrifices herself to bring about the prophecy? Maybe Davos is all too happy to help her fulfill that promise when he finds out about Shireen. Is Davos Seaworth Lightbringer? Or those gathered in the room when Jon was resurrected – Melisandre, Davos, Tormund, Edd, Ghost? Or are Dany’s dragons collectively Lightbringer?
The Night’s Watch Is Azor Ahai, Jon Is Lightbringer
Lightbringer Is Lightbringer and Jon Will Wield It
Since Ygritte is already dead, is this Melisandre? Or either one of them resurrected as a wight?
Azor Ahai Doesn’t Ride Alone
Jon As a Targaryen Falls in Line with Prophecy
All Melisandre Saw Was Snow, Now She’s a Fangirl
Jon Saw Nothing, What Does That Mean for the Prophecy?
Will Jon’s Resurrection Awaken a Dragon?
Or underneath Winterfell. Or one of the last wild dragons that has been napping for a few hundred years. If it’s true, then hurray! More dragons for everyone!
Jon Coming Face to Face with the Night’s King
The Tricky Thing About Prophecies, According to George R.R. Martin
Maester Aemon Wanted Jon to Learn About Azor Ahai
Aemon: Lord Snow, I left a book for you in my chambers. The Jade Compendium, it was written by the Volantene adventurer Colloquo Votar, who travelled to the east and visited all the lands of the Jade Sea. There is a passage you may find of interest. I’ve told Clydas to mark it for you.
Jon: I’ll be sure to read it.
Aemon: Knowledge is a weapon, Jon. Arm yourself well before you ride forth to battle.
Melisandre Is the Bleeding Star Signifying Jon’s Rebirth as Azor Ahai
Then consider this: These legitimized bastards are Blackfyres. They are considered by many to be the rightful heirs to the throne – or at least they should have something important to do with the Iron Throne. They may also be connected to Varys either through blood or through an oath. In any case, Melisandre may be of dragon’s blood.
So could Melisandre have “bled” in a magical form when she took off her choker and climbed into bed as her real self? Did she expend some Targaryen/Blackfyre magic to give rise to Jon Snow aka Azor Ahai? And it wasn’t until she laid down her vanity that the Red God or another god honored her request?
If Jon Isn’t Azor Ahai, Who Is He Then? The Prince That Was Promised
Jon Snow, whoever he is, has a role to play. And it’s probably on the main stage. Whatever that is, it’s going to be badass. And Ramsay Bolton is going to get some long overdue Stark justice.