Following the Game of Thrones finale, many fans were surprised that one of the show's most discussed prophecies, Azor Ahai, a.k.a. the Prince Who Was Promised, didn't seem to play out. Azor Ahai is a legendary figure in the faith of the Lord of the Light.Thousands of years ago, he forged the sword Lightbringer to defeat the White Walkers when they first invaded Westeros.
In order to defeat the White Walkers, he had to plunge the sword into the heart of his loving wife, Nissa Nissa. A prophecy foretells that he will be reborn as The Prince That Was Promised. For the first few seasons, Melisandre believes that Stannis Baratheon is The Prince That Was Promised.
Following his defeat at the hands of the Boltons, she quickly changes her mind and indicates that Jon Snow is actually Azor Ahai since he was resurrected by the Lord of the Light. However, it was Arya who ended up saving the world from the White Walkers.
But with Season 8 seeming somewhat rushed, the prophecy didn't play out like we or the characters on the show might've expected. One Redittor, however, believes that every aspect of the Azor Ahai prophecy played out in the finale.
Reddit user Issac believes we were simply wrong when we believed that the "darkness" The Prince That Was Promised would save Westeros from was the White Walkers. What if that darkness was actually Daenerys? Issac lays out every single part of the prophecy, along with how Jon Snow fulfills them.
Prophecy No. 1
"Darkness lay over the world and a hero, Azor Ahai, was chosen to fight against it. To fight the darkness, Azor Ahai needed to forge a hero's sword. He labored for thirty days and thirty nights until it was done. However, when he went to temper it in water, the sword broke. He was not one to give up easily, so he started over."
Issac explains that Jon fulfills this part of the prophecy because he wanted to save the world from the White Walkers. The weapon Jon forged was the alliance of Wildlings, the North, and Dany’s army. He plunged his army into the white walkers, in this case water, and loses most of the army. But the world was not saved from the likes of Cersei. So, he marches the remaining forces south.
Prophecy No. 2
"The second time he took fifty days and fifty nights to make the sword, even better than the first. To temper it this time, he captured a lion and drove the sword into its heart, but once more the steel shattered."
Jon marched the army south and defeated Cersei Lannister, the lion, but an even greater threat emerged in the form of Daenerys. The Long Night was just beginning.
Prophecy No. 3
"The third time, with a heavy heart, for he knew beforehand what he must do to finish the blade, he worked for a hundred days and nights until it was finished. This time, he called for his wife, Nissa Nissa, and asked her to bare her breast. He drove his sword into her living heart, her soul combining with the steel of the sword, creating Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes. Her blood, soul, strength, and courage went into the steel of the sword, creating Lightbringer. Following this sacrifice, Lightbringer was as warm as Nissa Nissa had been in life."
Jon is forced to kill Daenerys, the woman he loves, to bring an end to the Long Night. Just as Azor Ahai had to kill his wife.
Prophecy No. 4
"Once Azor Ahai fought a monster. When he thrust his sword through the belly of the beast, its blood began to boil. Smoke and steam poured from its mouth, its eyes melted and dribbled down its cheeks and its body burst into flame.”
Issac believes that in this case, the beast is the Iron Throne. It made everyone who wanted it do terrible things, and the death of the beast sounds a lot like what happened when Drogon melted the throne. The iron swords of the throne begin to boil and melt, and then dribble down until nothing is left.
Prophecy No. 5
"Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice."
Being half Targaryen and half Stark, Jon is both. As Issac explains:
"His story represents true heroism, total sacrifice for the greater good: giving up his family, his friends, his lovers, his own life, his claim to the throne, and his only reward was exile. Jon was the true Prince that was Promised, the rightful heir to the throne, but he could not be King. But in his sacrifice, he united the world in the war for the dawn, saving mankind from the Long Night of destruction by Ice or by Fire. Jon Snow is Azor Ahai."
What do you make of this theory? Some commenters seemed convinced.
"Yep, love the Lion symbolism," one user wrote. "I have never seen that mentioned before tonight."
Another added, "Thanks, I needed this. I will accept this as truth and move on!"