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.