For the first six seasons, the topic of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark was brought about numerous times. Although the duo stayed in the background of the story for most of the seasons, yet frankly speaking, they were the true propelling factors for the current events in Game of Thrones.
It wasn’t until the sixth season of the series, whose finale confirmed Jon being Lyanna’s son and the season seven finale, where it was confirmed by Bran and Sam that Jon is a legitimised Targaryen named ‘Aegon’.
We also found out via Bran Stark that Rhaegar and Lyanna were in love and that ‘Robert’s Rebellion’ was built on a lie. In words of the Three-eyed Raven:
‘Rhaegar didn’t kidnap my aunt or rape her. He loved her… And, she loved him.’
The prophecy of Azor Ahai or the Prince who was promised is brought in a number of times in the books as well as the show. Melisandre thinks it’s Stannis and then declares it to be Jon, Kinvara and the worshippers of R’hllor believed it to be Daenerys, but, still no clear clues have been found yet.
Azor Ahai or the Prince who was promised is a legendary figure destined to defeat the Great Other or the Night King and is supposed to bring the dawn. But, in words of Melisandre, ‘Prophecies are dangerous things.’
According to a YouTuber named Bridge4, Rhaegar Targaryen was the true Azor Ahai, who married Lyanna (Nissa Nissa), metaphorically killing her in the process to produce the Lightbringer – Jon Snow.
In the books, Maester Aemon relates a bleeding star, along with smoke and salt, as
the sign for the arrival of the prince who was promised. We all saw that happening while Dany gave birth to three dragons but, does that truly indicate her being related to the prophecy?
Books readers can also relate these signs with the birth of Rhaegar, after the Tragedy of Summerhall. The tragedy led him to believe for a long time that he was the promised one, until one day he found something in the scrolls that changed him and he decided to become a warrior.
Later, in his life, he started believing his son Aegon (son of Elia) to be the promised one. Rhaegar was killed in the aftermath of Robert’s Rebellion and Lyanna died during childbirth.
Also, in a vision, Dany saw in the House of the Undying, a silver-haired man (probably Rhaegar) talking to a woman, (Lyanna or Elia) with a baby in her arms. Talking about the infant the man said, ‘He is the prince who was promised and his is the song of ice and fire.’
If this theory is to be believed, the Night King will ultimately meet his demise at the hands of Jon Snow – the Lightbringer, ultimately fulfilling the prophecy of Azor Ahai’s burning sword.
Check out the full video by Bridge4 here:
So, who do you think is the true prince who was promised – Jon, Dany, Beric, Jaime or Hot Pie? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.