Has 'Game of Thrones' been setting up the Kingslayer as Azor Ahai all along?
With a few months to kill before the premiere of the 7th season of Game of Thrones, the theory/hype machine is full force.
By now, most fans know that any clue at what the final two seasons of Game of Thrones have in store for us will get many other fans' creative juices in regards to speculation, theories and rumors.
Most of these fan theories tend to complete craziness, while some actually tend to be somewhat plausible and have some resemblance of credence.
One of the theories that has long been debated by viewers revolves around who will turn out to be the reincarnation of Azor Ahai, the prince that was promised.
If you need a little refresher on the Azor Ahai prophecy, you can check it out HERE.
To date, much of the speculation and discussion has been centered around whether Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen will turn out to be "the prince that was promised." But, some fans seem to think there's another dark horse contender we should all keep our eyes on.
That contender is none other than... Jaime Lannister.
Alex Hazlett, of Mashable, has recently laid out an extremely detailed and very believable theory that it’s the Kingslayer, in fact, has the Targaryen blood and is being set up to become the show’s true hero.
To truly understand the finer details of Hazlett’s theory, you’ll want to read her piece in full, but I'll provide an overview for those of who don't have the time to delve further.
** Potential Spoilers Ahead **
Ever since Khaleesi's three dragon eggs hatched, the question everyone's been been asking is: Who will ride them?
Three dragons must have three riders, is how the story goes. It has long been assumed that in order to ride a dragon, one must have Targaryen blood. If the riders all have to be Targaryens, who are they?
Countless fan theories and recent revelations from the show, have many believing that two of the three dragon riders must be Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow due to their Targaryen blood. But who is the third?
Based on another popular fan theory that claims that Tyrion Lannister is not a Lannister at all, but the product of an affair (or rape) between Joanna Lannister and Aerys II Targaryen (the Mad King), many seem to think that Tyrion Lannister is in fact the third dragon rider.
This is where Hazlett's theory comes in.
She goes on to claim that said affair resulted in a pregnancy that actually produced Jaime and Cersei rather than Tyrion. Hazlett provides further detail backing up her claim.
Needless to say, this changes everything.
As previously mentioned, Azor Ahai is commonly referred to as “the prince that was promised."
So, if Jaime is in fact Aerys’ son, that makes him a prince as well and also part of Rhaegar Targaryen’s bloodline, which many believe is a requirement for any Azor Ahai candidate based on the 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."
Another key component to this theory is his sword, Lightbringer.
According to the theory, in order for the sword of Azor Ahai to be created, the candidate must sacrifice someone he loves.
Guess who fits the bill as the perfect sacrificial lamb? Cersei Lannister.
Needless to say, Jaime has plenty of reasons to kill his sister, not to mention the prophecy that claims Cersei will die at the hands of her younger brother.
Hazlett goes on to highlight a promotional image from this upcoming season, pointing out what could be "Lightbringer".
Don't forget, Jaime's current sword is now made of Valerian steel after being forged, for a second time, out of the remains of Ned Stark's.
This is certainly an interesting theory that may have some corroborating evidence. It would also result in a nice twist that many may not have seen coming.
In fact, this isn't the first time this theory has popped up. It was actually first brought up in 2013 in the Westeros.org forums. But it wasn't until now that there is enough compelling evidence potentially supporting the theory.
For now, we'll just have to wait and see how it all pans out.
What do you think, can Jaime really be Azor Ahai? Let me know in the comments below.