The biggest battle that Game of Thrones has ever seen is going to hit screens. Azor Ahai is a figure from legend in the faith of R’hllor, who beaten ‘the darkness’ thousands of years ago. It has been prophesied that he has now returned, reincarnated and ready to re-forge his sword Lightbringer and save Westeros from the Night King… but who could be Azor Ahai in the show?
6. Hot Pie
We’re clearly starting with the most rational and expected possibility for the hero of Westeros… Hot Pie! The lovely baker’s apprentice and friend of Arya Stark may not appear like the person who will rise up and save the kingdom, even if he is a survivor, but the proof really lines up. He was born ‘amid salt and smoke’, if we imagine that this could refer to the bakery he was born in fleabottom.
Other, similar stretches of the thoughts hint the burning star may be a star-shaped berry pie, and that the dragons he wakes from stone could be formed loaves of bread, like the wolf he gave Arya. Likely? Not at all. Wonderful if it should happen, or if Hot Pie could end up to be a secret Targaryen? Absolutely.
5. The Hound
Other theories hint that the Hound may be the Valonqar, but on the other hand it’s plausible that Sandor Clegane could be the hero of Westeros. For one thing, he’s a warrior, and he’s in the right place – fighting in the North on the side of Jon Snow. He’s also strongly connected to fire – thanks to his burns, which Azor Ahai is.
Seeing the Hound conquer his fear to pick up the burning sword of legend would also be an unbelievable arc for this astonishingly famous character. He’s most absolutely not Targaryen, or waking any dragons, though – but he has been essentially resurrected, when Arya left him for dead and he was nursed back to health.
4. Jorah Mormont
Nicknamed Ajorah Ahai, this theory puts Daenerys’ reliable friend Jorah Mormont in the place of hero of Westeros, and this in fact makes quite a bit of sense. He may not be a Targaryen (and isn’t expected to be a secret Targaryen, either), but there is a lot of other proof that he could become Azor Ahai.
A lot of the theory is related to details from the books, but in the show, Jorah is still connected to the Bleeding Star, salt and smoke, and obviously, now that his greyscale is cured he could be said to have cheated death… a rebirth of sorts. One of the major reasons that Jorah may be Azor Ahai, though, originates from his relationship with Daenerys.
In legend, Azor had to sacrifice the woman he loved on a sword to make the weapon that would enable him to beat the darkness. In Game of Thrones, Jorah is completely in love with Daenerys, and having to sacrifice her on a sword (maybe his own family sword, presently in Jon’s custody) would be a very Game Of Thrones-ian approach to do it.
3. Daenerys Targaryen
One of the most apparent possibilities for the title has to be Daenerys Targaryen. Yes, she is a woman, and the prediction refers to a Prince, but as Missandei points out, High Valyrian doesn’t gender words in the same way as English, so the forecast could point to a woman as well as a man.
Once we accept that Azor Ahai could be female, Daenerys ticks every other box for this renowned figure. She was born ‘amid salt and smoke’ on Dragonstone, she is unmistakably a Targaryen, and she has literally woken dragons from stone – burning herself with her stone eggs to hatch them into dragons. Her inclination to set things on fire around her also acts as a sort of resurrection.
2. Beric Dondarrion
For this one, fans would need to acknowledge that the show is going extremely, exceptionally a long way from the books – because Beric is no longer living in A Song of Ice and Fire. However, the series has already deviated from the books from numerous points of view that this would unquestionably still be possible.
In Game of Thrones, obviously, Beric is greatly still alive – and has been brought back by the Lord of Light numerous times. As the only person on this list who is really a believer in the faith of R’hllor, and who already wields a flaming sword and is in the North, ready to fight, Beric cannot be discounted as Azor Ahai just yet.
1. Jon Snow
The other evident option for Azor Ahai is, obviously, Jon Snow. This theory truly began to become possibly the most important factor when Jon was ‘killed’ by some of the men of the Night’s Watch and resurrected by Melisandre (and the Lord of Light, of course).
He’s also got a powerful Valyrian steel sword and is a Targaryen. More than anything, though, he is the one who has been leading the fight against the White Walkers since the beginning, so it would make sense that he will be the one to take down the Night King.