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Odds Say Daenerys Targaryen Prophesied as “Promised Prince”, Not Jon Snow

Chris Amberley

by Chris Amberley in Entertainment

Updated Apr 1, 2020 · 3:17 PM UTC

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Daenerys is at the center of some of Game of Thrones' juiciest storylines. Photo by HBO.
  • Daenerys Targaryen is the favorite to be deemed Azor Ahai by Melisandre or another Red Priestess
  • Daenerys fits most of the prophecy’s criteria, but so does Jon Snow
  • Who is more likely to be the Prince/Princess that was promised?

Game of Thrones is full of prophecies and one of the most heavily anticipated reveals heading into Season 8, is who will be recognized as Azor Ahai or the Prince/Princess that was promised?

Who Will Melisandre or a Red Priestess Last Claim to Be Azor Ahai or the Prince/Princess that was Promised?

Character Odds
Daenerys Targaryen -130
Jon Snow +125
Tyrion Lannister +450
Gendry +1000
Davos Seaworth +5000

*Odds taken on 04/09/19

For those who don’t spend their free time researching the mythology of Essos, Azor Ahai was the Lord of Light’s chosen hero, who forged the sword Lightbringer to defeat the Others and end the Long Night.

According to ancient prophecies, he (or she) will be reborn one day to save the world in the hour of its greatest need. With the Army of the Dead marching towards Winterfell, the Seven Kingdoms needs a hero now more than ever.

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Cross the Bottom Three Contenders Off the List

In the books, Melisandre says when the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai will be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone. If the show chooses to honor that proclamation, and there’s no reason to think it won’t, we can safely eliminate Tyrion, Gendry and Davos.  None of those three characters have a backstory that matches that description, which leaves only Jon and Daenerys, aka the Mother of Dragons, as viable options.

The Case for Jon Snow

Jon was born in the Tower of Joy, beside the bloody sword of Ser Arthur Dayne. That sword is known to be forged from a fallen comet, so it can be argued that he was born next to a red star, while the salt water tears streamed down his mother Lyanna’s face.

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He’ll never wake dragons out of stone, but now that we know he’s half Targaryen, it’s only a matter of time before he hops aboard Rhaegal and rides the great beast into battle.

The Case for Daenerys

She’s the only person in centuries to bring life to dragons, hatching three eggs out of stone, while a red comet soared overhead.

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She was born on Dragonstone, a volcanic island surrounded by sea salt, and her dragons will be the great equalizer in the Wars to come.

The Verdict

Without Daenerys’ army, and more importantly her dragons, Jon and his followers would be slaughtered by the Night King.  She’s the only character capable of destroying the Army of the Dead, and I look forward to her wiping them and eventually Cersei off the board.

Pick: Daenerys (-130)

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