Who says Azor Ahai can only be reborn into one person?
This article contains spoilers and potential spoilers for Game of Thrones.
Following Jon Snow’s resurrection at the hands of Melisandre, the former Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch has assumed the mantle – at least in the eyes of the Red Priestess – as Azor Ahai reborn in season six of Game of Thrones.
However, the next episode of the show could well suggest a different take on things, with the arrival of another red woman – this time in Meereen – inviting the prospect that it is in fact Daenerys who is Azor Ahai come again.
It is a theory that has been explored extensively in George R. R. Martin’s source novels, but up until now the show has focused mainly on males – firstly Stannis Baratheon and more recently Jon Snow.
But after that iconic final scene of the most recent episode, few would now dismiss out of hand a prophecy that sees Daenerys as the one Melisandre and company have been waiting for.
The constant references to light, fire, rebirth (both figurative and literal), along with Daenerys’s origins, means Melisandre could well have got it wrong twice over.
Only time will tell in that regard, but even if she is not Azor Ahai reborn, there is no doubt the mother of dragons can have a similar impact as she finally bids to claim – or possibly still break – the throne that is rightfully hers.
There is of course another prospect, which is that both Daenerys and Jon are part of the prophecy.
After all, this is a Song of Ice and Fire and in those two characters Game of Thrones has everything it needs for an exciting and rewarding resolution for those lucky enough to survive to the end.