Fan Theories And Clues That Point to Jon Snow As Azor Ahai

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 DaenerysTyrion, 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!
He was literally reborn. That’s a pretty big hint that our boy Jon Snow is Azor Ahai. Of course, Beric Dondarrion rose from the dead six times so that alone is not going to cut it, but a resurrection sure looks like a huge clue. 
The Elements of the Prophecy Are Falling Into Place
Melisandre quotes the prophecy of Azor Ahai from the ancient books of Asshai: “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.”

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
Melisandre also says, “It is written in prophecy as well. 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.”

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?
The legend is that the original Azor Ahai spent 30 days and nights forging a sword by heating, hammering, and folding the steel repeatedly. The sword broke when he tried to temper it with water. Then he re-forged it for another 50 days and nights. He ran it through a lion’s heart, as one does, and it shattered. On his third attempt, he forged the sword for 100 days and nights and then… “He summoned his wife. Nissa Nissa, he said to her, for that was her name, ‘Bare your breast, and know that I love you best of all that is in this world.’ She did this thing, why I cannot say, and Azor Ahai thrust the smoking sword through her living heart. It is said that her cry of anguish and ecstasy left a crack across the face of the moon, but her blood and her soul and her strength and her courage all went into the steel. Such is the tale of the forging of Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes.”

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
Apples/oranges, but to fend off the coming Winter, maybe Jon’s watch has totally ended but he’ll need the brothers to help him fight. He’ll be the light in the darkness and they will rep Azor Ahai at the head of the army to fight the Others. 
Lightbringer Is Lightbringer and Jon Will Wield It
Jon Snow is Azor Ahai and he will find Lightbringer straight up. Consider this dream of Jon’s: “Burning shafts hissed upward, trailing tongues of fire. Scarecrow brothers tumbled down, black cloaks ablaze. ‘Snow,’ an eagle cried, as foemen scuttled up the ice like spiders. Jon was armored in black ice, but his blade burned red in his fist. As the dead men reached the top of the Wall he sent them down to die again. He slew a greybeard and a beardless boy, a giant, a gaunt man with filed teeth, a girl with thick red hair.”

Since Ygritte is already dead, is this Melisandre? Or either one of them resurrected as a wight? 

Azor Ahai Doesn’t Ride Alone
The first Azor Ahai didn’t end the Long Night all by himself. So Jon can’t just pick up Lightbringer at the Prince That Was Promised super store and take on the White Walkers. He’s going to need a lot of help. He’ll need Daenerys (if he’s not destined to fight against her), Tyrion, Bran, possible the Reeds, Arya, Varys, the Night’s Watch, the Wildlings, maybe the Dothraki, the Unsullied, hopefully Lady Stoneheart, Ghost, Summer, etc. to pull this off. So when we see Jon uniting forces, it will be a step toward fulfilling the prophecy. 
Jon As a Targaryen Falls in Line with Prophecy
The prophecies also state that the Prince That Was Promised would come from the line of Rhaella and Aerys Targaryen, dragon’s blood, a prince’s blood. Jon’s blood is spilled a-plenty at the Wall when his Brothers of the Watch turn him into a pincushion. Even the blood stain looked a little dragon-y. If Jon is in fact the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, it’s yet another vote for his role as Azor Ahai. 
All Melisandre Saw Was Snow, Now She’s a Fangirl
“I pray for a glimpse of Azor Ahai, and R’hllor shows me only snow/Snow.” Melisandre said this before she raised Jon from the dead. When she looks into her fires, all she sees is snow and then she resurrects Jon, at Davos’s request. She’s been wrong before – [cough] Stannis. But is there something deeper at play here? Where the most devout believer in Azor Ahai misses it entirely until prompted? She should have gotten a hint when she first met Jon Snow in this fiery, smoky way. 
Jon Saw Nothing, What Does That Mean for the Prophecy?
Not only does everyone like to tell Jon he knows nothing, he tells Melisandre what he saw when he was dead… nothing. So consider this: the followers of R’hllor may believe in Azor Ahai, but he doesn’t believe in them. If Jon is Azor Ahai, then what’s he saying? The Red God doesn’t exist? None of the gods exist? He doesn’t warg into Ghost either. There’s something to that nothingness.  
Will Jon’s Resurrection Awaken a Dragon?
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Hang onto to your tinfoil hat, here’s a fun theory. Let’s look at the prophecy again: “It is written in prophecy as well. 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.” Now this could be Dany’s dragons, but it could also mean that Jon’s rebirth as Azor Ahai could bring a dragon out of hibernation within the Wall.

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
That’s a pretty big hint that Jon can’t bring wildlings to a wight fight, although he killed a White Walker with Longclaw. He’s going to need to bring or be something much more. Will Jon need to finish his transformation as Azor Ahai and wield Longclaw as Lightbringer to be a mightier match for the Night’s King and his seemingly never-ending forces? Seems like a strong possibility. 
The Tricky Thing About Prophecies, According to George R.R. Martin
GRRM has said that we shouldn’t take prophecies literally, because they are slippery things. “Prophecy is a staple element in Fantasy, but it’s tricky…You want to play with the notion of prophecies coming true but in an unexpected way. You want to be unpredictable about it.” So Jon’s ascension/transformation to Azor Ahai may happen in very unexpected ways – or not at all. Martin isn’t interested in being too obvious and or in evil vs. good plots. So Jon may be part of the prophecy of Azor Ahai, may share the identity with another character, or may simply be his or her aid. 
Maester Aemon Wanted Jon to Learn About Azor Ahai
Aemon recommends the Jade Compendium, which covers the legend of 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
Jon Snow has arisen, but where was the “bleeding star” to accompany that event if he is, indeed, Azor Ahai? Well, if you track with this theory, there may be an explanation. A popular fan theory is that Melisandre is the daughter of Shiera Seastar and the Bloodraven (Brynden Rivers), the bastards of Aegon IV. Since we’ve seen just how old Melisandre really is, the timing works out.

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
If he isn’t going to hold it down as AA, then is Jon Snow just some cute guy Carice van Houten washed like 50 times and then gave him a R’hllor haircut and beard trim? We could find out that he’s actually the Prince That Was Promised and that person is not interchangeable with Azor Ahai. Possibly Dany, Tyrion, or Aegon will serve as Azor Ahai.
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.