“When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons out of stone,” Melisandre says. “In the ancient books it’s written that a warrior will draw a burning sword from the fire, and that sword shall be Lightbringer.”
These are the words the red woman speaks when she talks about the Prince Who Was Promised. Initially, she believed this was Stannis Baratheon; especially since he did draw a sword from out of the flames, which only strengthened Melisandre’s belief. However, she was wrong about Stannis. And after their defeat, she all but gave up on her beliefs of Azhor Ahai Reborn. Except that Jon Snow came back to life. And for now, fans are rooting for him being the Prince Who Was Promised. Melisandre thinks so, too. Then, there’s Dany, our favourite Targaryen, Khaleesi; call her what you want. She literally rose from the flames, and she has three mighty dragons. She very well could be The One, too.
But, let’s just look at a few observations, while revising what the prophecy about the return of Azhor Ahai says.
According to the prophecy, as recounted by Melisandre, the following are the indicators of the coming of Azor Ahai.
After a long summer, when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world. He shall be born again amidst smoke and salt. He shall wake dragons out of stone. He shall draw from the fire a burning sword, Lightbringer.
While earlier we believed that the contenders for Azor Ahai reborn were Jon and Dany; we can now add a third name to this list and it’s the most unexpected name yet! It’s the Onion Knight Seaworth; Ser Davos! The same Ser Davos who served alongside Stannis until his death.
According to one Reddit User, FollowTheBeard, “Davos drew Lightbringer from the fire. Davos was reborn amidst salt and smoke under a bleeding star. Davos resurrected Jon Snow and woke the dragon from stone. Davos is the savior that will protect the world from darkness. Davos is the Prince that was Promised.” He further states while the theory of Azhor Ahai can be associated with any of the key characters, as well as a combination of multiple people, the case for Ser Davos is a tad more convincing when seen in totality.
He goes on to place instances for Ser Davos. Read on.
Season 2, Episode 1: Sword
“In the ancient books, it is written that a Warrior will draw a burning sword from the fire, and that sword shall be Lightbringer. Stannis Baratheon, Lord of Light, your sword awaits you.” – Melisandre.
As seen in this clip, this quote is spoken by Melisandre as she burns effigies of the “false gods,” with Stannis and his followers in attendance. This is the first TV mention of the prophecy. Stannis walks forward, pulls the flaming sword from the fire, and sticks it in the sand as shown here. By now, obviously, we know Stannis was not the true Warrior, as Melisandre had believed.
However, sixty seconds after Stannis plants the burning sword among the pyres, when everyone has left the beach, Davos walks over to the sword and casually picks it up, then walks away with it.
Season 2, Episode 9 & Season 3, Episode 1: Rebirth
“When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers, Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt…” – Melisandre.
Examining the heavier part of this quote first, “…Azor Ahai shall be born again amidst smoke and salt…”
At the Battle of the Blackwater, Davos is blasted from his ship by wildfire:
“Everyone thought you were dead.” – Salladhor Saan.
“I had heard you were dead”. – Stannis Baratheon.
Water is used pervasively in literature as a metaphoric mechanism of cleansing and rebirth. Fire is also widely used as a symbol for rebirth, renewed life, burning away corruption, etc. Davos “comes back to life” in the Season 3 premiere as he wakes up on an island, rescued by Salladhor Saan, who even says:
“You’ve only just come back to life. Stay alive a little longer, my friend”. – Salladhor Saan.
Thus, Davos is reborn amidst smoke (wildfire) and salt (seawater). The metaphorical implications of Davos’s rebirth can be thoroughly examined, but that’s for another post.
As for the first part of the quote, “When the red star bleeds and the darkness gathers…”
This is likely the most “on-the-nose” portion of the prophecy. The bleeding red star likely refers to the red comet shown in the episode, “The North Remembers”, which is noted and commented upon by several characters across Westeros and Essos, throughout Season 2. Darkness could literally refer to the nighttime Battle of the Blackwater, or metaphorically to impending winter, cold, death, doom, unknown and all the other symbolic interpretations of “darkness” that need no further explaining.
Season 6, Episode 2: Waking a Dragon
“…shall be born again amidst smoke and salt to wake dragons from the stone.” – Melisandre.
By Season 6, Melisandre has become disillusioned with the Lord of Light and her powers. Empty, lost, and directionless, she loses faith until Davos convinces her to try and resurrect Jon Snow, as seen in this scene here.
“I saw you drink poison that should have killed you. I saw you give birth to a demon made of shadows. Fuck [the Lord], then. Fuck all of them. I’m not a devout man, obviously. Seven gods, drowned gods, tree gods, it’s all the same. I’m not asking the Lord of Light for help. I’m asking the woman who showed me that miracles exist.” – Davos Seaworth.
During the resurrection scene, Jon Snow is laid out on a stone slab. Melisandre performs the ritual and…nothing happens. Tormund leaves, Melisandre leaves, Edd leaves. Only Davos stays. He lingers, as seen from this clip here. He approaches Jon, internally begging, pleading, willing, praying for his return. Shortly after, Jon gasps his first breath.
The delay between the ritual and first breath was not a dramatic pause. Melisandre did not resurrect Jon Snow. She never believed she could, nor did she have any faith left in the cause. Davos did. Davos, not Melisandre, brought Jon Snow back to life. Davos woke the dragon from stone.
To give further weight to this theory, in an interview with Conan O’ Brien, Liam Cunningham, the actor who plays Ser Davos Seaworth, says, “George R.R. Martin told me a Game of Thrones secret.” A secret that the author told Cunningham not to tell anybody. Here’s the video of his mysterious confession.
Yes, there are other parts of the theory that also state that if Azor Ahai is, indeed, the same as the prince that was promised, then, he is to be born of the line of Aerys II and Rhaella, according to the woods witch. In this case, it would either not be Ser Davos, or if it is, then Azor Ahai and the prince that was promised are two different characters which also makes the plot all the more interesting.
Then again, according to Maester Aemon, the word used to describe the prince in the prophecy was a gender-neutral word. While all assumed that the prince must be male, Aemon recently came to believe the prophecy could point to a female as well. If we go by this, we’re rooting for Dany. But, here again, we don’t know if Azor Ahai and the prince that was promised are the same, yet. Only time will tell.
But, till the time the clouds are cleared from the prophecy, we are having our minds blown by this theory. What do you think?
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