With the latest release of the Game of Thrones Season 7 teaser trailer and just a few more months to wait until its release date, I decided to compile famous theories and prophecies that I think would most likely happen in the upcoming season.
As readers will know, dreams and prophecies are a big part of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series. Most of the prophecies came from the characters’ dreams (from the Stark children and Dany), but some came from other sources, such as the blood witches or maegi. Unfortunately, many was omitted from the TV series especially the part when Daenerys visits the House of the Undying where she saw visions of things that have been, will be and may have been. (This was shown on the show but it was completely changed.)
I also love GRRM’s methodology on planting clues in the books, it is said that he has a three-fold revelation strategy. The first are subtle hints for the really astute readers, followed later by the more blatant hints for the less attentive and lastly, by just spelling it out for everyone else. With that, I believe that this is also applicable to the show.
I have to admit though that I’m a book purist so forgive me if I’ll somehow base what will happen to the show from the books. So what you will read below are prophecies and their relating theories that are significant to the TV series.
The Azor Ahai Prophecy:
“In ancient books of Asshai it is written that 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.”
– Davos I, A Clash of Kings
“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.”
–Davos III, A Storm Of Swords
Azor Ahai Theory:
We all know that Melisandre believed that Stannis Baratheon was Azor Ahai but if you don’t know her well by now, she tends to misinterpret her visions. Casting Stannis aside, there are a ton of debates regarding who will be the Azor Ahai reborn. I personally believe there are only two acceptable candidates who would fulfill this theory.
Why I think it’s Jon Snow:
- When Melisandre attempted to discover the identity of Azor Ahai in her fires, she stated, “I pray for a glimpse of Azor Ahai, and R’hllor shows me only Snow”.
- Jon was technically born under a bleeding star, since Ned entered the Tower of Joy with Ser Arthur Dayne’s bloody sword— which is infamously forged from the heart of a fallen star. Also in the show, it was intentionally focused when Ned placed the sword down at the end of Lyanna’s bed as she lay in blood.
- Jon was reborn amidst smoke and salt. Speculating that Davos could represent salt (he was a seawater smuggler his entire life) and Melisandre as the smoke (Red woman = fire). Another proof is based from the books – while Jon was being stabbed at the end of A Dance With Dragons by Bowen Marsh, his wounds smoke and Bowen cries (smoke and salt).
- Finally, Lightbringer. Some speculate Lightbringer is a metaphor for the Night’s Watch and according to the legend, Azor Ahai tempered Lightbringer by stabbing it in the heart of his wife Nissa Nissa. The symbolism here is for Jon’s betrayal of Ygritte and her eventual death at Castle Black.
- Some also believe that either Arya or Dany = Nissa Nissa and Jon would eventually have to kill that person to acquire the Lightbringer.
- In case Lightbringer is a real, red burning sword, Jon had dreams in which he wields a flaming sword. This is especially notable as children born to the Starks frequently have dreams that seem touched by a kind of magic or supernatural factor.
Why I think it’s Daenerys Targaryen:
- A comet, possibly the “bleeding star” from the prophecy appeared in the sky around the time of her “rebirth” from the pyre.
- “Shall be born again amidst smoke and salt”. During her rebirth, the fire would obviously represent the smoke and her tears as well as Mirri Maz Duur’s would represent the salt.
- Her dragons are a potential Lightbringer. Khal Drogo was also burned on the pyre in which they hatched, a possible Nissa Nissa connotation.
“I looked at that book Maester Aemon left me. The Jade Compendium. The pages that told of Azor Ahai. Lightbringer was his sword. Tempered with his wife’s blood if Votar can be believed. Thereafter Lightbringer was never cold to the touch, but warm as Nissa Nissa had been warm. In battle the blade burned fiery hot. Once Azor Ahai fought a monster. When he thrust the sword through the belly of the beast, its blood began to boil. Smoke and steam poured from its mouth, its eyes melted and dribbled down its cheeks, and its body burst into flame.”
– Jon III, A Dance with Dragons
There are also a ton of theories regarding what the Lightbringer is. Some take its metaphorical meaning while others take it literally – an actual sword. Here are some believable ones:
- Dany’s dragons. They literally bring light, and heat, in the form of their flames and would obviously make a pretty formidable weapon against the Others or at least the wights.
- The Night’s Watch themselves. Their oath says: “I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men.” As it is highly likely that the Night’s Watch will form a major part of the defense against the Others during the “darkness”.
- A yet unconfirmed weapon to be used by Jon Snow. Jon had dreams in which he fights with a flaming sword and dreams leading him to the Crypts of Winterfell. Therefore, we are yet to see the Lightbringer which is probably hidden at Winterfell.
- House Dayne Greatsword Dawn. It is said that Dawn will be plunged into the heart of Daenerys, transitioning the Ancestral GreatSword of House Dayne into a glowing red blade, Lightbringer – ‘the color of blood and flame and sunsets’, as hot as a falling star, as hot as dragons breath, as hot as dragons blood.
The Prince That Was Promised Prophecy
“The man had her brother’s hair, but he was taller, and his eyes were a dark indigo rather than lilac. “Aegon,” he said to a woman nursing a newborn babe in a great wooden bed. “What better name for a king?”
“Will you make a song for him?” the woman asked.
“He has a song,” the man replied. “He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire.” He looked up when he said it and his eyes met Dany’s, and it seemed as if he saw her standing there beyond the door. “There must be one more,” he said, though whether he was speaking to her or the woman in the bed she could not say. “The dragon has three heads.”
– Daenerys IV; The House of the Undying, A Clash of Kings
“Why did they wed if they did not love each other?”
“Your grandsire commanded it. A woods witch had told him that the prince was promised would be born of their line.”
“A woods witch?” Dany was astonished.
“She came to court with Jenny of Oldstones. A stunted thing, grotesque to look upon. A dwarf, most people said, though dear to Lady Jenny, who always claimed that she was one of the children of the forest.”
– Daenerys IV, A Dance With Dragon
The Prince That Was Promised (TPtwP) Theory:
“In the house of the undying, Dany sees a vision of her brother, Rhaegar who names his son Aegon and says “He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire”. Something must have led him to believe this but he may have mistaken the wrong son for the prince that was promised (assuming r+l=j theory is true) and his other son was the prince, Jon. The song of ice and fire, the ice being Stark which was his mother and fire being Targaryen, his father.”
I agree with this statement , if TPtwP is different from Azor Ahai, I would still bet it’s between Jon and Dany. In one prophecy (quoted above), a wood witch said that the Prince that was Promised would be born to the line of Aerys and Rhaella, this fits both Jon (R+L=J) and Dany.
The Dragon has Three Heads Theory:
It is said that Azor Ahai will be reborn as someone who is referred to in the old books from Asshai as “the prince who was promised” and some speculate that AA = TPtwP but I’ve read a lot of theories stating that they are two different people. There’s also another historical figure called The Last Hero (the hero who defeated the Others at the end of the original Long Night,which ended the Age of Heroes) and since Azor Ahai did exactly the same thing, some also assume they’re the same person. It is possible that these three are the same person but identified with different names according to the cultures (Last Hero – Northern/First Men term; Prince that was Promised – Valyrian/Targaryan term; Stallion that Mounts the World – Dothraki term; Azor Ahai – Essos/Asshai term)
A part of me thinks that they are actually the same person, but I’m mostly holding onto the theory that they are three different people. In one of the vision in the House of the Undying (quoted above), it was said that the “Dragon has three heads”. This is reflected in the series in multiple ways: Daenerys has three dragons (Rhaegal, Drogon, and Viserion), the Targaryen house sigil features a three-headed dragon, and Dany’s ancestor Aegon Targaryen conquered Westeros alongside his two sisters (all mounted atop dragons).
According to discussion threads, the three-headed dragon equals to Azor Ahai, tPtwP and the Last Hero and that there are 3 people who would ride the 3 dragons. If we take the Azor Ahai/tPtwP/Last Hero into consideration, one fan theory regarding this is that the three heads of the dragon will be fulfilled in Daenerys Targaryen (The Prince that was Promised), Jon Snow (Azor Ahai Reborn), and Bran Stark (the Last Hero). This is pretty convincing but if there should be three riders, how can Bran ride a dragon? Of course, you can consider the fact that he may be able to Warg himself into a Dragon (something I would like to happen) but I doubt that Warging is equivalent to riding.
There is one popular theory that is more believable though. It states that the three Dragon riders would be Danaerys, Jon and Tyrion. Reasons stated below (by Ava Monroe):
- Daenerys – alive, accomplished fire walker, has 3 dragons, is dragon rider of Drogon so no brainer there, 100% chance. She isn’t Rhaegar’s child but she is very close to him in terms of family bloodline.
- Jon Snow – a.k.a. Jon Stark, Warg, Targaryen, Fire & Ice DNA, the only living child of Rhaegar, 100% chance on show, 85% chance in books.
- Tyrion Lannister – heavy dragon connection through his dreams and an ongoing infatuation with them since childhood. I’m unsure at this point about him being somehow Targaryen blood, however we know there have been instances in which non-Targaryens have become dragon riders. The show portrays some connection on the dragons’ side in the sense they allow Tyrion close enough to touch them. Definite possibility Tyrion could be a dragon rider on the show 90% chance, in books I would say 60% chance.
The Maggy The Frog Prophecy:
The old woman was not done with her, however. “Gold shall be their crowns and gold their shrouds,” she said. “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”
– Cersei VIII, A Feast For Crows
The Valonqar Theory:
Valonqar means “younger brother” in High Valyrian, and he is prophesied to kill Cersei Lannister. Cersei believes the valonqar to be Tyrion, her younger brother whom she hates. But taking it out of context, valonqar could mean a lot of different things especially in the world of ASOIAF. For me, there is only one possible candidate for this prophecy. Stated below:
- Jaime Lannister – Cersei is Jaime’s twin but technically she was born first while Jaime was clutching her leg. This makes Jaime her younger brother as well. Cersei’s obsession with obtaining power and maintaining it has caused her to reject him away. Not to mention that Jaime has undergone some fairly drastic changes himself. “Gold” is mentioned at least twice in Maggy’s prophecy and how the valonqar will strangle her with his own two hands; presumably foreshadowing Jaime subduing her with his golden hand and choking her with the other.
And that’s the last of it, well actually, the things listed above are nothing compared to the numerous amount of prophecies and theories surounding the ASOIAF world. Did I miss anything important? Comment down below.