Jon Aegon Snow Targaryen is the Azor Ahai
This is one of the very popular theories centering on Jon, claiming that he will be the reincarnation of the legendary Prince who was promised
Who is this ominous prince?
According to the legend as it is described in the books, the Azor Ahai lived approximately 8000 years before the events of GoT, before the conquest of Westeros by Aegon the Conqueror and during the last long night that lasted for a full generation and can be understood as the last winter that came.
“It is also written that there are annals in Asshai of such a darkness, and of a hero who fought against it with a red sword. His deeds are said to have been performed before the rise of Valyria, in the earliest age when Old Ghis was first forming its empire. This legend has spread west from Asshai, and the followers of R’hllor1 claim that this hero was named Azor Ahai, and prophesy his return. In the Jade Compendium, Colloquo Votar recounts a curious legend from Yi Ti, which states that the sun hid its face from the earth for a lifetime, ashamed at something none could discover, and that disaster was averted only by the deeds of a woman with a monkey’s tail.”
What speaks for the theory?
he does have Dragon blood (as seen in episode 5 of the seventh season)2.
he was reborn through smoke and salt.
he chose his Nightwatch duty over his love for Ygritte (according to the legend, the Azor Ahai also sacrificed his wife Nissa Nissa while forging his magic sword Lightbringer).
he was raised by Ned Stark like a son of his own blood to high moral standards and can be considered a person with good virtues.
he is a very skilled swordsman with the proven ability to kill white walkers.
This theory could also mean that Jon’s romance to Dany will be short-lived
All the above makes sense in supporting the theory about Jon being the Azor Ahai and is much stronger evidence than rivaling theories can present for their respective candidates. Other candidates for the role are Daenerys and Tyrion - the latter one is a relatively new one.
What this theory means for Jon is unclear. The fate of the Azor Ahai is not clear, and there are some discrepancies and missing links. Thoros of Myr said about the legend:
“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 man was well rid of it, but great power requires great sacrifice. That much at least the Lord of Light is clear on.”
Now we know, Jon did not wake dragons from stone, Daenerys did. Though it is thought that additional dragon eggs may exist and Jon, also being “dragonborn”, might be able to do what Daenerys did. Also, Jon already has a mighty Valyrian steel sword which is capable to kill White Walkers, but it is unclear what its effectivity against the Night King would be. So maybe an additional, even more powerful weapon will be needed should he ever face the Night King in direct combat. If that is true, it might have dire consequences for Daenerys who may become his loving wife only to be sacrificed in the process of forging a weapon for the final battle to come. This would be consistent with GRRM’s claim of a «bittersweet» ending.
The native name for the Lord Of Light, a deity worshiped in large parts of Essos. It is also known as the God of Flame and Shadow or simply the Red God. The religion is actually not a monotheistic one, because there is also the God Of Darkness, also often referred to as the Great Other. Followers of the faith of R’hllor believe that these two deities are at constant conflict and the long night, which occurs every few thousand years and is about to occur during the events of Game Of Thrones, is a creation of the Great Other. ↩
In episode 5, when Dany returns from the battle against the Lannister army, Jon interacts with Drogon and doesn’t seem to be afraid. Also, Drogon allows Jon to touch him, which leaves Dany somewhat startled. Video ↩