Game of Thrones: Why Jaime Lannister could be Azor Ahai.
Warning: Spoilers ahead
“Darkness lay over the world and a hero, Azor Ahai, was chosen to fight against it. To fight the darkness, Azor Ahai needed to forge a hero’s sword. He laboured for thirty days and thirty nights until it was done. However, when he went to temper it in water, the sword broke. He was not one to give up easily, so he started over. The second time he took fifty days and fifty nights to make the sword, even better than the first. To temper it this time, he captured a lion and drove the sword into its heart, but once more the steel shattered. The third time, with a heavy heart, for he knew beforehand what he must do to finish the blade, he worked for a hundred days and nights until it was finished. This time, he called for his wife, Nissa Nissa, and asked her to bare her breast. He drove his sword into her breast, her soul combining with the steel of the sword, creating Lightbringer.”
Game Of Thrones Season 7 is coming and the makers decided to drop a bomb of a trailer two days back giving a glimpse of the meltdown we should expect in the new season. We are all excited to know who will be the real hero of Westeros by the end of the show. If you have been watching the show and reading the books closely you must be familiar with the prophecy of Azor Ahai, who was born amidst smoke and salt, under a bleeding star and he will have a song — The Song of Ice and Fire. Azor Ahai is an ancient legendary hero to the powers and in the faith of the Lord of Light R’hllor. Thousands of years ago, he forged the sword Lightbringer which he used to defeat the darkness of the Great Other or The White Walkers. This came at a price, however, as in order to unleash the sword’s true powers he had to plunge it into the heart of his loving wife, Nissa Nissa. A prophecy foretells that he will be reborn as The Prince That Was Promised.
Obviously there is a lot of metaphorical language here and a lot of people have interpreted this differently over the years. Some readers believe that Azor Ahai reborn is the same hero as TPTWP , while others believe that is erroneous and that they come from two distinct prophecies. Azor Ahai and The Prince That Was Promised have thus far never been mentioned in the same sentence although Lady Melisandre has mentioned TPTWP and Azor Ahai interchangeably, however she tends to use the name Azor Ahai far more often.
One of the characters who was believed to be TPTWP was Stannis Baratheon, at least in the eyes of Lady Melisandre, who she considered to be the second coming of Azor Ahai. However, considering how things ended for him in Season 6, that theory is now believed to be farce (we were always sure about it). There have been other characters that are speculated to be the rebirth of Azar Ahoi. For instance, Daenerys Targaryen — the miraculous birth of her three dragons at the end of Season 1 was a key symbolic rebirth for her character, taking place amidst smoke and (guess) salt. Another character considered to be the rebirth of Azor Ahai is Jon Snow, having resurrected from death adding more value to the point in the prophecy of death bowing down to Azor Ahai. Adding to that Jon also seems to be the most heroic leader against the White Walkers till now. And long before all of these characters, there was one character who was considered the same and it was Rhaegar Targaryen (he himself believed the same).
After watching, reading and researching so much on GoT, I have come to a conclusion on who could be TPTWP and I will back it with categorical reasoning (you could debate on it as well). I believe, TPTWP or the one we name Azor Ahai is Jaime Lannister.
JAIME LANNISTER — the Kingslayer and otherwise considered incestuous twin brother — turned redemptive hero. This guy could end up saving all of Westeros by the end of the series. Read on to know to why:
Joanna Lannister was possibly-maybe raped by the Mad King Aerys (there are rumours) and birthed a child that was his and not Tywin’s. Most have assumed it was Tyrion given his impish stature, but Cersei and Jaime shouldn’t be discounted. What if Cersei and Jaime were actually the bastard kids of Joanna and Aerys? Look at their golden hair, their love for each other (another Targaryen trait), and Cersei’s straight-up insanity. Taken separately they mean very little. But when considered together, it certainly looks a little more dragon-y in nature. When you think about it, the twins’ incest and Cersei’s madness may be frowned upon by the rest of Westeros, but they’re actually hallmarks of the Targaryen family — as is Cersei’s obsession with wildfire and their golden hair. Considering prophecy as a guideline and not literal, if Jaime were to drive the sword into the heart of his true love, Cersei, if we consider her to be half lion (Lannister) and half Targaryen (which would’ve made them husband and wife if they were raised in the family), Lightbringer could easily be wrought. Take all of that into consideration and it’s not hard to see how this theory leap is possible.
By now you’re acquainted with how Azor Ahai had forged his sword Lightbringer. The three crucial steps of forging the sword (read above for details) corresponds to Jaime’s character, transitioning him from the detestable Kingslayer to the more heroic Jaime Lannister.
One of the first big character moment for Jaime, both in the books as well as in the show, was right after he lost his hand. Remember when he had taken a bath with Brienne of Tarth, he broke down emotionally as well as physically revealing his side of the story that led to his famous nickname of Kingslayer. Just like when Azor Ahai tempered his sword first in water it shattered, when Jaime goes into the water he breaks as well. This could be considered Jaime’s rebirth, coming out of the shell to be a morally complex hero.
Another key step to Jaime’s growth as a character was the breaking apart of the Lannister family structure. By Season 4, Jaime rapidly loses his son Joffrey, followed by his father Tywin, which results in the exile of his brother Tyrion. In fact, it was Jaime’s decision to free Tyrion that led to Tyrion killing his own father. Of course Tywin was the patriarch of the Lannisters whose sigil was the LION. As Cersei called and told Jaime the same at Tywin’s funeral that it was actually Jaime’s decision of freeing Tyrion that killed their lion-like father. So by breaking away from this pride of lions, Jaime parallels the second step of Azor Ahai’s plunging a sword into the heart of a lion.
That brings us to the final step of Azor Ahai’s sacrifice of his love and companion Nissa Nissa. Besides this prophecy, there has been another key prophecy in GoT that Cersei received as a young girl from the wood witch who is Maggie The Frog in the book. Even if it doesn’t happen in the show, in the book Cersei is also told that she would die at the hand of the valonqer, or a younger brother in Valyrian — and Jaime is younger by a few minutes:
“The valonqer shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”
Cersei always interpreted that younger brother to be Tyrion which is a reason she has always despised him and been suspicious of him. But the turn of events until the end of Season 6 gives us a hint that this valonqer could be her younger twin brother Jaime Lannister.
Cersei had blown up a huge piece of King’s Landing in Season 6, using the same jars of wildfire that the Mad King had stored beneath the city. This kind of madness from the Mad King were reasons why Jaime had stabbed him. Cersei as we see is increasingly becoming some kind of a Mad Queen that Jaime would never want her to be. Hence it could also be possible that Jaime might repeat history if circumstances force him, to fill in as both the valonqer as well as Azor Ahai, sacrificing his love of his life and companion to create the Lightbringer.
What could this sword look like? A close watch at the Season 7 trailer would give you a glimpse at Jaime’s new sword. If you remember well, this new sword was one of the twin Valayrian steel swords that Tywin had melted down from the Stark’s sword Ice. So may be we can get to see Jaime driving this sword into Cersei’s heart, creating fire. May be at the same Brienne of Tarth’s sword Oathkeeper would also burst in the flame since they were forged in the same steel Ice — creating a Song of Ice and Fire.
Here’s is another revelation that could be true (look at the above picture carefully)— in the trailer of Season 7, in the above shot Cersei is standing on the neck of Westeros but Jaime is standing besides the East coast of Westeros and the narrow connector lands North of him are also called The Fingers. This shot could be a major hint at shadowing the fact that Jaime could be using his literal fingers to strangle Cersie by her neck.
There is another fun detail that could connect Jaime to the prophecy of Azor Ahai, the Valayrian words for Lord and light are Aeskio and Onos are weirdly similar to Aeskion and Ondos, which translates to Golden Hand. May be in the 1000 years, this prophecy got lost in translation, and the Lord of Light champion was always destined to be THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN HAND.
I know the series is way more focused on Jon and Danny and even Tyrion, and the story mostly revolving around them but if you observe the show as much as you watch it, you’ll agree to me when I say Jaime’s character has had a personal growth in every Season. How we totally despised him when he threw Bran from that tower in Season 1! But overtime he completely transformed into a hero that we have started liking (somewhat), or at least empathising with for never being acknowledged for whatever he has done throughout. For me, there is no doubt Jaime is the hero.
Azor Ahai will be born again amidst smoke and salt, which suggests that the details matter for Jaime’s transformation into a hero, not necessarily his original birth. Signs point to a lot of smoke and tears in King’s Landing — and Jaime mourning the death of his son as the smoke clears from Cersei’s destruction of the Sept of Baelor. Azor Ahai is called The Prince That Was Promised in some quarters, and for a time Rhaegar Targaryen believed that the prophecy referred to him. But if Jaime is also Aerys’ son, that makes him a prince as well and also part of Rhaegar Targaryen’s bloodline, where it’s believed Azor Ahai will come from.
Do you have any unpredictable character in your mind that could be well connected to the prophecies of Azor Ahai, the comment below and also give reason why. Let me know your thoughts on this theory and whether you agree or disagree. Until then all we can do is wait for the 17th of July to come ASAP!