Who is Azor Ahai?

This post is dark, and full of spoilers.

So if you haven’t quite caught up with the series or if you know nothing, then you might want to stop reading, right about….now.

Prophecies, prophecies everywhere! It seems you can’t go anywhere in Games of Thrones without being smacked in the face by some prophecy or other. It’s a lot to take in, but let’s try and tackle these one at a time, shall we?

Who is Azor Ahai?

According to Melisandre, Azor Ahai will be reborn amidst smoke and salt, and that they shall wield the mystical sword Lightbringer, in order to defeat R’hllor’s enemy, the Other. So the question is, who is this Prince who was promised?

Stannis Baratheon


  • Stannis wields a magic sword that was forged by plunging a blade through a burning statue of the Maiden at the sept at Dragonstone. This ceremony is meant to be his ‘rebirth’ as Azor Ahai. The burning statues of the Seven provide the smoke and the waves on the shores of Dragonstone provide the salt.
  • His paternal grandmother was Rhaelle Targaryen, and being part of the Targaryen bloodline, may or may not be a prerequisite, because you know prophecies are vague.
  • Although he’s not a direct Targaryen, so there’s that…
  • Master Aemon states that the sword that Stannis waves about, may look like Lightbringer, but it’s just a glamor trick by Melisandre, as it doesn’t give off any heat.
  • Melisandre put all of her eggs in one basket, believing Stannis to be Azor Ahai, but now he’s dead, very much dead, so it’s probably not him then…


Jon Snow


  • When Melisandre gazes into her fires, looking for Azor Ahai, she states that she is only shown Snow, now this could be literal, but it seems likely that it could be the late commander.
  • Jon dreams that he’s fighting the white walkers, with a red sword burning in his hand, which could be a hint at his future with Lightbringer.
  • When Jon is stabbed, stabbed, stabbed, his wounds smoke and Bowen Marsh cries salty, salty tears. Prophecies are vague remember.
  • If the rumours are true, and R + L = J, then Jon is not only part of the Targaryen bloodline, but he is also a direct descendent of Aerys and Rhaella.
  • Like Azor Ahai sacrificed his love Nissa Nissa (in order to complete Lightbringer) Jon sacrificed Ygritte, by choosing his duty to the Watch, over his love for her, ultimately leading to her death.
  • Like Stannis, however, Jon is also dead, unlike Stannis, it seems extremely likely that Jon will be resurrected by some way or other.

Daenerys Targaryen


  • The prophecy was originally made using the Valyrian word for dragons. Dragons are genderless, they’re just dragons, so it doesn’t necessarily mean that a prince was promised, rather, perhaps, a princess..?
  • She’s definitely a Targaryen, and a direct descendant of Aerys and Rhaella, so there’s that very clear and distinct connection.
  • She was born on Dragonstone, a volcanic island, so she was amidst salt. You know, because of the sea.
  • She was reborn in Khal Drogo’s funeral pyre, amidst smoke, along with her dragon hatchlings.
  • She smothered Khal Drogo, sacrificing him, much like Nissa Nissa was sacrificed.
  • Benerro, a high red priest in Volantis, swears that Daenerys is Azor Ahai reborn.
  • She had the backing of Maester Aemon too.
  • Plus, unlike everyone else on this list, she is STILL ALIVE!

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