Shocking Theory About The Prince That Was Promised


Azor Ahai is one of the most legendary figures in Game Of Thrones. He was known to be the hero who fought against the darkness that lay over the world. Thousands of years ago, Azor Ahai forged the sword known as Lightbringer. He used that sword to defeat the wight walkers. Although, this came with a price. He plunged the sword into his beloved wife Nissa Nissa. Her life had to be sacrificed to bring out the true power of the sword. Most fans believe that Azor Ahai has been reborn as The Prince That Was Promised. Under the direction of Melisandre, Stannis plunged a sword into a pyre of burning relics of the Seven. When he pulled out the sword, it glowed, but a close inspection revealed that the sword wasn’t really hot. According to Maester Aemon, the real Lightbringer both shone and radiated heat.The Prince That Was Promised

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The Azor Ahai Prophecy:

“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.”

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Also, Thoros of Myr once said- “According to prophecy, our champion will be reborn to wake dragons from stone and reforge the great sword Lightbringer that defeated the darkness those thousands of years ago. If the old tales are true, a terrible weapon forged with a loving wife’s heart. Part of me thinks the man was well rid of it, but great power requires great sacrifice. That much at least the Lord of Light is clear on.”

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The Prince That Was Promised:The Prince That Was Promised

Jon Snow, Stannis Baratheon, Daenerys Targaryen- all have been floated as “The Prince that was promised”, some time or the other in Game Of Thrones. The age-old foretelling is that a “prince or princess that was promised” will return to defeat the White Walkers forever. The most obvious choices seem to be either Daenerys or Jon.

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The Prince That Was Promised

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This theory is about Rhaegar Targaryen being the prince that was promised. He even thought he was the one! Robert and Brandon Stark both believed that Rhaegar Targaryen kidnapped Lyanna. Thanks to Gilly, now we clearly know that he didn’t. He was born at the Summerhall on the same day when it burned down. That means he was born amidst salt and smoke. Rhaegar Targaryen is Azor Ahai, and that could possibly mean that Jon is the Lightbringer. As the first Azor Ahai finally tempered the sword that defeated wight walkers by driving it into the heart of his lover Nissa Nissa and killing her. Rhaegar put Jon, that is the Lightbringer into Lyanna Stark and when he was born, it took her life.

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So, according to this theory, Rhaegar was obviously the Prince That Was Promised but his son- Jon is his sword, that is the Lightbringer. By impregnating Jon’s mother, who died during childbirth, he kills Lyanna and binds her soul with the ultimate weapon—Jon Snow himself.

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Claims to support this Theory:

  1. Most fans are adamant on the fact that Lightbringer has to be a sword since the story is mostly about a sword. But isn’t that too simple for George R.R. Martin? If Rhaegar is truly the prince that was promised, then Jon Snow being the Lightbringer has to be a huge twist that satisfies the audience, yet keeps the big mystery from being guessed easily.
  2. The Lord Of the Light brought back Jon Snow from the dead. Just as the Lightbringer was a flaming sword, Jon Snow is a reincarnation powered by the fire.

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So, what do you think about this Theory about the prince that was promised? Let us know in the comments below.



  1. That theory just blew my mind! I never thought about it, but would be a crazy twist. TV show needs a scene with Rhaegar before the series ends. Too important to the story not to and possibly one with the tournament, or when Rhaegar comes for Lyanna and they run away.

  2. The Prince or Princess will be born after some years. Cersei and Jaimie expect a child. Jon and Dany will have a child too. Their children will marry and have a child who will be the promised Prince/Princess!
    So we expect Jaimie, Jon to die first. Then Cersei and Dany in childbirth. Sansa will raise Jon’s child. Tyrion will raise Jaimies child and after some years these children will grow, marry and have the promised one!!