While you wait the longest night for The Winds of Winter book, George RR Martin wants you to know that he has sequestered himself in a cabin in the mountains so that he can finally finish writing the damn book. George RR Martin also wants you to know that your Game of Thrones fan theories about the true identity about Jon Snow are correct.
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For years the “R + L = J” theory that said “Rhaegar + Lyanna = Jon” has been bandied about. On the final episode of Game of Thrones in Season 7, it was revealed to be the truth.
Jon is actually Aegon Targaryen. In a video, Martin talks about the first king Aegon Targaryen. “Aegon finally decided to take over Westeros and unify the seven kingdoms that existed at that time under a single rule. There is a lot of speculation that in some sense he saw what was coming 300 years later and wanted to unify the Seven Kingdoms to be better prepared for the threat that he eventually saw coming from the North. The threat we are dealing with in A Song of Ice and Fire.” Sound familiar? Looks like history could be repeating itself for Targaryen kings named “Aegon.”
There are plenty of fan theories that suggest that not only is Jon the new version of Aegon Targaryen but also is the new version of Azor Ahai. Melisandre certainly believes Jon Snow is the Prince That Was Promised to defeat evil just like the original Azor Ahai who united the First Men and the Children of the Forest against the White Walkers during the first Long Night. But Azor Ahai needed a special weapon to defeat the White Walkers — the Lightbringer, a sword forged by a hero that has a flaming blade of fire.
But a weapon with that much power comes at a price. Azor Ahai had to thrust the dragonsteel sword into the chest of his wife, Nissa Nissa. All of her blood, soul, strength, and courage went into Lightbringer. The zombie Nissa Nissa may have been married off to the Night King as a corpse bride when he was the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch and eventually they became the Night’s King and Queen.
According to prophecy, in ancient books of Asshai from over five thousand years ago, Azor Ahai will be reborn and will wield the mystical Lightbringer once again to try to defeat the Others once again.
“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.”
Then there is this tough-to-swallow fan theory that suggests Jon Snow will sacrifice himself to become a new Night King and be forced to live beyond The Wall for all eternity. Thus Aegon Targaryen would rule beyond The Wall and Daenerys could live and be the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
Will the reborn Azor Ahai be Jon Snow? Does that mean that he will have to sacrifice his wife Daenerys to ensure that the undead doesn’t capture Westeros? Meaning he will need to plunge a sword made out of drangonglass or Valyrian steel such as Longclaw into Daenerys’ heart to create a weapon powerful enough to defeat the Night King and his Army of Dead? Or could Jaime Lannister be Azor Ahai and create Lightbringer by killing his one true love, his sister Cersei Lannister? But what about the theory that Drogon is actually Lightbringer? We will have to wait until April when Game of Thrones returns.