Now as we are heading towards the End in Game of Thrones, we have finally started to get some answers.
Now we all know why Hodor can only say Hodor. We know Jon Snow is the son of Lyanna Stark. And most importantly where the White Walkers came from.
Many fans around the after seeing Season 6 took the conclusion that Jon was the fabled Azor Ahai.
Lets a quick history lesson on who Azor Ahai is/was/might be.
Around 8,000 years before the events of the show, Westeros suffered through the “Long Night”. It was a phase in which winter took over the whole continent and White Walker came out and started murdering people.
A man known as the Last Hero with the help of Children of Forest ended the regin of terror and pushed the White Walkers back up to the Lands of Always Winter. In Asshai, in eastern Essos, this hero has another name: Azor Ahai. But why does this matter if it happened so long ago?
Thanks to Melisandre, we know that there is a prophecy that states Azor Ahai will return to save the day from the White Walkers all over again.
She tells Jon about the prophecy: “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.”
She also says: “In the ancient books it’s written that a warrior will draw a burning sword from the fire, and that sword shall be Lightbringer.”
So when looking for candidates for Azor Ahai, you need someone who was born beneath a bleeding star, amidst smoke and salt, who took a burning sword from the fire. Simple. So why do people think it’s Jon?
In the Season 6 finale, when we see Lyanna dying during childbirth in the Tower of Joy, the camera lingers on the following shot.
When Young Ned enters the room and places a sword at the end of Lyanna’s bed. Now if look carefully at the weapon we can see that the weapon is Dawn , the ancestral sword of House Dayne, which Ned has just taken from Ser Arthur Dayne after he and Howland Reed killed the legendary Kingsguard.
Unlike most ancestral swords that are made of Valyrian Steel, Dawn was forged from a meteorite. So Dawn is literally a falling star. Its been used to kill a butch of Northmen and is covered with blood. So you might say it’s a Bleeding Star and that Jon was born beneath it.
But what about the other parts of the prophecy?
Now lets focus on other part of prophecy ‘burning sword’. In the show we have no sign of Jon holding a burning sword. But there are many who thinks that this part of prophecy just could be a metaphor for his Valyrian Steel Sword Longclaw.
Lyanna was certainly crying during his birth, so that could well be the “salt”, but there doesn’t seem to be any obvious smoke. Perhaps the most clear sign that it probably is Jon, is the “…shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone” bit.Jon is very probably about to find out that instead of being a Stark, he is in fact a Targaryen – with blood of the dragon. His inner dragon is about to wake up, and we can’t bloody wait.
Thanks to Reddit user FollowTheBeard, however, it turns out there is another, much more unexpected candidate: Ser Davos Seaworth, the Onion Knight.
Let’s see some of the most compelling points.
If you can cast your mind back to Season 2, Stannis drew a flaming sword from the fire, and Melisandre was totally convinced that he was Azor Ahai.
He died a few seasons later, so she was clearly very wrong.
But after everyone had left the beach, Ser Davos casually picked up the sword from the sand.
Meaningless, or a very subtle sign of things to come?
Next: “…shall be born again amidst smoke and salt…”
At the end of Season 2 Stannis’s fleet – including Ser Davos – was decimated by Wildfire thanks to Tyrion. Smoke from the burning fleet, salt from the sea. It adds up so far…but you can’t really call it a birth, can you?
FollowTheBeard points out that after the Battle of the Blackwater, everyone thought Davos was dead.
“I had heard you were dead,” says Stannis upon being reunited with his Hand. While Davos’s smuggler friend Salladhor Saan remarks, “You’ve only just come back to life. Stay alive a little longer, my friend.”
He may not have died. But he came rather close. And who says the birth from the prophecy isn’t metaphorical? Perhaps this was the moment when everything changed for him, when he lost everything – including his son – and his destiny as Azor Ahai was set.
As for the bleeding star, a comet with a red tail is shown in the skies above Westeros for most of Season 2.
Including during Davos’s lowest moment at the Blackwater.
So what about the final part of the prophecy? Has Davos woken a dragon from stone? Well, yes.
By Season 6 Episode 2, Melisandre has lost any faith that remained. She was wrong about Stannis being the Azor Ahai, and now – with his corpse lying on a stone slab at Castle Black – it seems she was wrong about Jon. She has given up.
That is until Super Davos comes along to help her. He gives her a motivation pep talk and convinces her to try to bring back Jon.
Melisandre thinks, once again, that she’s failed. She leaves the room, and Davos is the only one who remains.
As FollowTheBeard says, “He approaches Jon, internally begging, pleading, willing, praying for his return. Shortly after, Jon gasps his first breath.”
Whether you put it down to Davos’s own desires, or just the influence he had on Melisandre’s efforts, there’s no denying Davos is responsible for Jon Snow being resurrected.
Jon – a Targaryen, whether he knows it or not – was brought back from a cold, stoney nothingness by Ser Davos Seaworth. A dragon woken from stone.
The most persuasive argument, however, doesn’t even come from the show at all. Just before Season 6, Liam Cunningham, who plays Davos, told Conan O’Brien that when he first met George R.R. Martin, the writer told him a secret about the show that only he knew.
You can watch the interview in full here. Now we are struggling to think of any information for Davos to know while others were kept in the dark, unless his role in the show turn out to be more significant than we all thought.
Game of Thrones being the size that it is, there are, of course, other theories. Chief among them is that Daenerys is the prophesied Azor Ahai.
This – along with the Jon theory – has the benefit of fitting another requirement that is hinted at in the books: that Azor Ahai must be a descendant of Aerys II Targayren and his wife Rhaella.
Daenerys is their daughter, while Jon is their grandson. Unless there is a very left-field plot twist coming our way, Ser Davos is certainly not a Targayren.
Let’s be honest, it probably isn’t Davos, and it almost certainly is Jon, but either way this is an another excellent fan theory from a fandom. But who knows what happens because it’s Game of Thrones and Winter is Here.