July 13, 2016
'Game Of Thrones': Is Jon Snow Azor Ahai Reborn?

Game of Thrones finally returns tonight and fans can't wait to finally know what happens next. Will Arya be blind forever? How will Cersei get her revenge? And the biggest question: is Jon Snow alive? Many people believe that Jon Snow has died but will be brought back to life by Melisandre, the "Red Woman" who is a priestess of the Lord of Light. Based on this theory, Washington Post's Ishaan Tharoor's idea about Season 6 highlighting the legend of Azor Ahai, doesn't seem too far off.

If you don't know, or forgot who Azor Ahai is, you probably haven't read the Game of Thrones novels, which is perfectly fine because now the show has completely surpassed the books anyway. According to the Washington Post, Azor Ahai is "a demigod warrior from an ancient time who triumphed over darkeness in a great battle while bearing a magic weapon blessed by R'hllor, a deity also known as the Lord of Light or the fire god."

Now do you see the connection? Both Azor and Melisandre are involved with the Lord of Light. Moreover, there's also a prophecy that claims Azor will be reborn during another time of peril, which just adds to the idea that he'll make an appearance this season. Because let's be real, Westeros is in some serious peril in Season 6 of Game of Thrones. Besides the (possible) death of Jon Snow, Cersei is about to enact serious revenge against the High Sparrow and the Faith Millitant, Daenerys has been kidnapped, and it seems Winter and the White Walkers are finally coming.
The Azor Ahai prophecy comes from the second book in the Game of Thrones series, A Clash of Kings, and states the following.
"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."
In Game of Thrones, it's been "summer" before the first season even began so the part about a long summer definitely applies here. Melisandre believed Stannis Baratheon was Azor Ahai reborn, but that seems highly unlikely now since at the end of Game of Thrones Season 5, his army was defeated by the Boltons, and Brienne Tarth stood over Stannis, seemingly about to kill him. There's many other theories about who Azor could be but one theory that fans are desperate to hang unto is Jon Snow is Azor Ahai.

This idea doesn't seem too unlikely actually. Melisandre was very interested in Jon Snow when she went to Castle Black with Stannis and even tried to seduce him. Then later, when Melisandre fled from Winterfell, it was Castle Black she returned to. Of course, she returned there mainly because that was the best and closest place for her to go to be safe, but it also put her in the right place at the right time because soon after her arrival at Castle Black, Jon Snow was "killed." Thus Melisandre's presence at Castle Black is perfect because who better to help Azor Ahai be reborn than a priestess of the Lord of Light?

Besides Melisandre's appearance at Castle Black, there are a few other theories that connect Jon Snow with Azor Ahai. One popular idea is that because Jon Snow chose the Night's Watch over his love for Ygritte, which later led to Ygritte's death, Jon inadvertently sacrificed his love for his cause. This is similar to Azor Ahai's story because he sacrificed his wife, Nissa Nissa, to complete the Lightbringer, the magic weapon he got from R'hllor. Although this idea may seem like a stretch nothing is impossible in Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones Season 6 premieres Sunday, April 24 at 9 p.m. ET.

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