What Does Jon Snow Being Azor Ahai Mean For 'Game Of Thrones'? He Could Be A Totally Different Character
Well Game Of Thrones fans, after all of those months defending our stance that Jon Snow would live again, we can now high five each other into eternity because our beloved Lord Commander is back — at least in some form. See, that's where things get a little hairier. One of the biggest theories surrounding his resurrection concerns whether or not Jon Snow is actually the reincarnation of Azor Ahai. According to the books, Azor Ahai is a legendary warrior that prophecy says will return as The Prince Who Was Promised to save the Seven Kingdoms from the White Walkers. So, what does it mean if Jon Snow does end up returning as Azor Ahai?
For starters, it will confirm that although Melisandre originally (incorrectly) thought that Stannis Baratheon was the reincarnated Azor Ahai, she was definitely seeing real, bonafide Lord Of Light visions in the flames. She was simply interpreting them incorrectly. In the books, Melisandre says, "I pray for a glimpse of Azor Ahai, and R’hllor shows me only Snow." That's right, there's a capital "S" there. She thought she was seeing snow but she was likely seeing Jon Snow. We all know that Melisandre has genuine power because we have seen it in action when she birthed a murderous smoke demon to take out Renly Baratheon and correctly predicted the imminent deaths of Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy, and Joffrey Baratheon when she threw some leeches into the flames back in Season 3. Once she began burning little girls at the stake though, many viewers doubted her supposed relationship with the Lord Of Light. This plot twist with the resurrection would really prove she is the real deal and not just some elderly woman with a magical necklace.
Jon being resurrected as Azor Ahai would also mean that the long believed fan theory regarding his true parentage would likely be confirmed. The R + L = J theory would prove true because Azor Ahai is said to be a descendent of Aerys (The Mad King) Targaryen. If R + L = J is true, Jon would be Aerys' grandson. It all seems to add up when you connect the dots. To have these two interwoven theories confirmed would be earth shattering for fans, to say the least.
Finally, there is a matter of Jon Snow actually returning as a different person. Obviously, if he returns as Azor Ahai, then he is no longer going to be Jon Snow. Honestly, regardless of whether he specifically returns as Azor Ahai, will we get the same old Jon Snow back? Probably not. George R.R. Martin has said himself in a 2011 interview with Bullseye that any character who returns from the state of being dead will return, "Worse for wear" and that in some ways, "they're not even the same character anymore."
If you remember back in Season 3, Melisandre met up with a knight named Beric Dondarrion. Beric was brought back from death six times by the Lord Of Light via his Red Priest pal. This obviously proves that Melisandre, as a Red Priestess for the Lord Of Light, can definitely bring people back from death. Unfortunately, Beric explains that each time he comes back, he no longer connects or remembers his old life. Instead, he feels like he is literally reborn. What does this mean for Jon Snow and the show? It means Jon probably won't remember who Sansa is or why her imminent arrival at Castle Black is important. Will he even know who his new Wildling allies are? On a lesser scale, he also will likely not remember Olly either, which means we might not get to see him murder him (boo).
Jon being Azor Ahai would mean a huge shift in the direction that the show seems to being moving in. To have Jon possibly not even recognize Sansa would really take things to a different place. It would also mean that he is a serious contender for the Iron Throne. I can't wait to see if this theory pans out.
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