Everyone Who Might Be Azor Ahai On Game Of Thrones

As the army of the dead mobilizes in the land beyond the wall, the red priestesses of R’hllor are holding out for a hero ‘till the end of the night. He’s gotta be strong. He’s gotta be fast. He’s gotta be fresh from the fight. Actually, said hero might even be a she.
That hero will be the reincarnation of Azor Ahai, a legendary figure who supposedly defeated the Others during the Long Night using a flaming sword, which he forged from stabbing the blade into his beloved wife’s heart. Cultures all over George R. R. Martin's map have legends of a sole hero who saves the world, from the name Eldric Shadow-chaser to the Last Hero to Azor Ahai. As Game of Thrones builds up to its icy and fiery climax, the chosen one will emerge.
At the start of Game of Thrones, Melisandre was convinced Stannis Baratheon was Azor Ahai, and threw magical demon-birthing abilities behind his ascent to the throne. Many tragedies and a failed war later, we know for sure that Stannis is not the Prince that was Promised. But someone must be — otherwise, Westeros is doomed.
Let's go over the elements of the Azor Ahai prophecy and see who best fits the bill.
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What does the prophecy say?

There are two main versions of the Azor Ahai prophecy, which details the necessary conditions of the chosen one’s rise. Keep in mind that high Valyrian, the word for "prince" has no gender. So, the prince could be either a man or a woman.

Version one: “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."

Version two: Melisandre says, “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."
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The Azor Ahai Ingredients

With this prophecy in mind, there are few key elements that must be present for a person to be Azor Ahai.

1) He must be born near salt and smoke.

2) He'll be reborn under a bleeding star.

3) He'll awaken dragons from stone.

4) Finally, he'll forge his weapon through sacrifice of a loved one (more on this one next).
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The Forging of Lightbringer

Azor Ahai wielded a flaming sword capable of defeating the Others, but making Lightbringer was no easy feat.

As the legend goes, Azor Ahai labored for thirty days and thirty nights to create a heroic sword. When he tried to temper the steel in water, the sword broke. Determined, Azor Ahai repeated the process again — this time for fifty days and fifty nights. To temper the new sword, he plunged it in a lion's heart. It broke again. Womp.

Finally, 100 days later, Azor Ahai managed to build a sword by stabbing it into his beloved wife’s chest. When Nissa Nissa’s soul mixed with the steel, the sword caught on fire. Lightbringer was born.
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Daenerys Targaryen

Daenerys is the clear frontrunner in the Azor Ahai race, and here's why.

1) Salt and smoke: Daenerys was born on the volcanic island of Dragonstone, near the salty sea.

2) Reborn under a bleeding star: Daenerys is reborn when she emerges unscathed from Khal Drogo's funeral pyre, along with her hatched dragons. This event occurred as a red comet (or a bleeding star) passed over Essos and Westeros.

3) Awaken dragons: Duh, duh, and duh. As Osha predicted, the red comet heralds the return of dragons.

4) Gain power through sacrifice, and forge Lightbringer: Well, if “Lightbringer” is her dragons, then the sacrifice of Khal Drogo could fit the bill. They were born under his funeral pyre.

Another possibility? Daenerys is still in the process of forging Lightbringer. One theory states that Daenerys’ two most recent failed battles in Westeros align with Azor Ahai’s failed attempts at forging a sword. She loses a naval battle (tempering sword in water) and then, the Lannisters trap her Unsullied army (tempering sword with a Lion’s heart). What’s next? The sacrifice of a loved one.
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Jon Snow

After watching him rise from the dead, Melisandre is convinced Jon Snow is Azor Ahai. In the books, Melisandre perhaps makes Azor Ahai's identity too obvious. She says, “I pray for a glimpse of Azor Ahai, and R'hllor shows me only Snow."

1) Salt and Smoke: Smoke could reference the battle near the Tower of Joy. Salt could be his dying mother’s tears. Another option? When Jon Snow is stabbed in the books, Bowen Marsh cries on his corpse, and his wound is described as "smoking."

2) Reborn under a bleeding star: Ned Stark had to fight guards to reach the top of the Tower of Joy, where Lyanna Stark was giving birth to Jon. In the process, Ned killed Ser Arthur Dayne, and took his sword, the famous Dawn, supposedly forged from a fallen star. The bloodsoaked sword lay on the bed when Jon was born.

3) Awaken dragons: Nope. Or, should we say, not yet.

4) Gain power through sacrifice, and forge Lightbringer: Bear with us, here. One theory purports that Jon Snow’s Lightbringer isn’t a sword, but rather, it’s the the Night’s Watch. The Night’s Watch oath says: “I am the sword in darkness...I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn.” As with Lightbringer, the Brothers' purpose is to fight against the White Walkers. Finally, the sacrifice of Nissa Nissa is one that all brothers make. By joining the Night’s Watch, Brothers give up relationships with women.
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But wait: What if Azor Ahai is more than one person?

Many other cultures in George R. R Martin's universe have legend of a chosen one. The Targaryen family was waiting for “the Prince that was Promised,” who would essentially fulfill the same role that Azor Ahai would: vanquish darkness when darkness comes.

Rhaegar Targaryen, Daenerys' brother, believed he would father the Prince that was Promised. When looking at his second-born child, he said, “There must be one more. The dragon has three heads." He captured and impregnated Lyanna Stark after that.

If the dragon has three heads, then there must be three dragon riders. So, according to this prophecy, the chosen one is not one individual but three.

Here are the candidates for the third dragon rider, who will climb atop Daenerys’ dragons along with Daenerys and Jon Snow.
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Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion, Jon, and Daenerys share an alarming number of parallels. Like Daenerys and Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister is an outcast who also happened to be much smarter than everyone around him. They are each the third child born in their families. All are fatherless. They've all experienced tragic love.

Even better, there’s a little rumor that says Tyrion Lannister is actually the child of Aerys II Targaryen and Joanna Lannister.
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Bran Stark

Before Bran Stark became the cooler-than-thou Three-Eyed Raven, some suspected that he'd warg into a dragon and become the third dragon-rider.

After all, the Three-Eyed Raven tells him in A Song of Ice And Fire, "You will never walk again, Bran...but you will fly."
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The Night King

During the mythic Long Night, the Others rode south on frozen horses and giant spiders. Whose to say they can't turn a living dragon into a wight as well?
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One final option?

Azor Ahai is Ser Pounce, Tommen's cat. At least, the creator of this video thinks so.
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