Jon Snow Might Really Be Azor Ahai
On Sunday, we saw seven of the show's most interesting men travel beyond the Wall.
The seven men leave Westeros on a mission to capture a wight and bring it back to Westeros to prove to Cersei that the threat beyond the Wall is real.
These seven men are Beric Dondarrion, Gendry, Thoros of Myr, The Hound (Sandor Clegane), Torumund, Jorah Mormont, and, of course, the fur-rug-wearing bastard Jon Snow.
A group of powerful men, with allegiances to different people and kingdoms, yet all fan favorites for different reasons.
But the importance of this group and their foolish quest goes back to the first season, and the story Old Nan tells Bran.
The story she recounts to Bran while he lies in bed, paralyzed, tells of the Long Winter, of starvation and the army of the dead.
The version in the book goes into more detail, and tells the story of the Last Hero, Melisandre's Azor Ahai, who ventured out into the land of the dead with a sword, a horse, a dog, and a dozen companions.
His companions died one by one, and the dead hunted out the Last Hero, smelling a warm body, stalking him through the cold land of the dead.
It's hard to see the group of seven men walk off into the snow storm beyond the wall and not think of this story.
If the story refers to Jon Snow (and we've wondered about Jon being Azor Ahai for some time), the story could line up pretty neatly with last Sunday's events:
The "sword" could refer to Jon's infamous Valyrian steel blade, or it could refer to Beric Dondarrion, known primarily for his flaming sword trick. He has no dog with him, but he does have The Hound; no horse, but Gendry, the only living son of Robert Baratheon, who's sigil is a stag.
This seems almost too good to just be a coincidence, but it would mean that Jon could be the only one who makes it back alive.