Is Daenerys The Prince Who Was Promised On 'Game Of Thrones'? The Mother Of Dragons Fits The Prophecy
As many fans of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series will tell you, Game of Thrones Season 6 has gone (almost) completely off script, at least since the show has officially moved beyond the point where the last published novel ends. But, just as before, viewers are looking for clues and hints about how the whole series will end and one prophecy that keeps coming back is that of Azor Ahai. So, is Daenerys the Prince Who Was Promised on Game of Thrones , aka the legendary hero Azor Ahai?
First off, let's do a little Westeros history refresher: Azor Ahai is a figure within the religion based around the Lord of Light aka R'hllor — the religion to which Melisandre and the new Red Woman Kinvara belong — and he was the hero that, long ago, led Westeros against the White Walkers until the winter zombies were beaten back into the north and forgotten about. However, it is foretold that Azor Ahai will return as the Prince Who Was Promised (also called the One Who Was Promised) and deliver the world from darkness. There are a few key points in that prophecy: They must have the blood of the dragon and "be born again amidst smoke and salt" under a bleeding red star.
Now, that all is applicable to Daenerys, since she's of Targaryen descent and the family is known to have the blood of the dragon. Plus, she and her three dragons were reborn on Khal Drogo's funeral pyre, and under the red comet. So, if you're thinking the only thing really stopping Daenerys from being the Prince Who Was Promised is that she's a woman, let me stop you right there. In Martin's fourth novel, A Feast For Crows, Maester Aemon says the language in which the prophecy originated, High Valyrian, is gender neutral. That means, although many have interpreted the prophecy to be speaking of a man, it could just as easily be speaking of the Princess Who Was Promised.
Additionally, we received a new clue that Daenerys could be Azor Ahai in the May 22 episode of Game of Thrones, "The Door," since Kinvara specifically refers to Dany as "the One Who Was Promised." Furthermore, Kinvara says, "Daenerys Stormborn has been sent to lead the people against a darkness, in this war, and in the great war still to come." Now, is it just me or is that almost exactly word for word the prophecy for the Prince Who Was Promised? It certainly seems Kinvara has made up her mind that Daenerys is definitely the hero who was foretold.
But, there's another contender for the title of the One Who Was Promised: Jon Snow. In fact, Melisandre — another Red Woman, though she may be a bit farther down in the hierarchy of R'hllor priestesses — now believes Jon Snow to be the prophesied hero thanks to his resurrection at her own hands. Still, some fan theories state, as reported by Tech Insider, that Daenerys and Jon Snow are both the One Who Was Promised, and together they are the song of ice and fire.
So, although Kinvara's belief in Daenerys seems to add weight to the theory that the Mother of Dragons will rescue Westeros from the White Walkers, it isn't necessarily undeniable proof. That means we'll just have to keep watching Game of Thrones in order to find out the ending and the identity of the Prince/Princess Who Was Promised.
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