The final episode of Game of Thrones latest season confirmed a fan theory that people have had since the early days of the series—since the early days of the books, actually.
Ever since George RR Martin teased more details about Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, some have speculated that the two were actually in love and bore a child together. The fact that Ned Stark would never tell his bastard son Jon Snow about his mother seemed to add fuel to that fire, the idea being that Ned was protecting the boy from the ire of Robert Baratheon, Lyanna’s betrothed who hated all Targaryens with a passion.
Then Game of Thrones went and confirmed that theory in the Season 6 finale with a flashback scene (we get those now, courtesy of Bran Stark’s warg-iness) to the Tower of Joy when Ned saves his sister, giving birth, and dying.
But with the R+L=J theory confirmed, fans then turned their eyes to yet another theory: what about the Azor Ahai prophecy?
Well, the actor reacted to those claims that he’s the “Promised Prince” much in the same vein as Jon Snow would when he inevitably gets told he’s been prophesied to save the world.
I think you have to wait and see what happens this year, and if we find out anything more about Jon. I think Jon would hate the term ‘The Prince That Was Promised.’ If someone turned to him and said, ‘You’re The Prince That Was Promised,’ he just wouldn’t pay much attention. That’s what I love about him, so I don’t really care about it either. You know, I think that’s what’s great about him. He’s got very little ego on him.
For those unaware, Azor Ahai refers to “The Prince Who Was Promised,” a prophecy referring to the resurrection of a hero who once destroyed the threat of the White Walkers. There’s a lot going into it, but it talks about sacrificing his love to temper the steel of his blade, as well as being born under a bleeding red star.
While those exact things did not occur on the show, they could be metaphors, and there were a couple of events that could fit in (Ygritte’s death, Arthur Dayne’s bloody sword at the foot of Lyanna’s bed).
So what if Jon Snow is this hero reincarnated? The Prince Who Was Promised? Azor Ahai himself?
A character like Snow knows that fate means little in the world of Westeros, and that a lot of success is of your own making. This is the guy who was killed by his own crew for perceived negligence—the Night’s Watch don’t play.
Prophecy doesn’t mean jack to the character. Seeing the threat of the white walkers dead? That’s all that matters.
Game of Thrones returns July 16.
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom.