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This Jaime Lannister theory says he is the real hero, not Jon Snow

We still have a looooong way to go, Game of Thrones fans, until the July 16 premiere of the new season, which means we have three months to dive into all of the crazy—and legit—theories swirling around the interwebs. The latest one that has peaked our interest comes from our friends at Nerdist, who dive into a Prince That Was Promised/Azor Ahai theory from reddit.

The theory claims that the Jaime Lannister may be more than our favorite sister-loving-asshole-turned-kind-of-good-guy-and-Brienne’s-bestie, and that he may indeed be the savior we’ve been looking for all along, and not Jon.


We know, it’s a little out there. OK, it’s A LOT OUT THERE. Here are the dirty deets.

Evidence #1: Melisandre Says So

While she may be a crazy bitch, she’s been right just as much—if not more—than she’s been wrong. She talks of the prophecy of the Prince That Was Promised, saying he will, “be born ‘after a long summer, when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world’ and born again ‘amidst smoke and salt,’ waking ‘dragons out of stone. He will carry a burning sword called Lightbringer.”

Nerdist also points out that the high priest of R’hllor at the Red Temple in the free city of Volantis says, “Death itself will bend its knee, and all those who die fighting in Azor Ahai’s cause shall be reborn.”

OK, so what does this mean? What if Jaime is sent to Dragonstone to negotiate with our Queen Bee Khaleesi, and instead of defending his bitch-sister’s agenda, he switches sides and joins K and her team of dragons (and massive army.) Shit, wouldn’t you?



Evidence #2: The Mad King’s Supposed Relations With Joanna Lannister

Everyone’s aware of the theory that Tyrion is a not a Lannister, but actually a Targaryen, due to the rumor that the Mad King Aerys sexually assaulted Tywin’s wife, Joanna, during his time as Hand of the King. What if this is all a distraction and Jaime and Cersei are actually a product of the Mad King and Joanna?


Evidence #2A: The Signs Are There

Take a look at the signs that contribute to the theory that Jaime and Cersei are Targaryens:

They are both blonde and super good looking.

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They’re into that whole incest thing.


Yikes. (source: Screener TV)

Their crazy-train traits that are common in Targaryens (due to incest.)



We’re just saying, Nerdist is onto something here.


Evidence #3: It Kind of (Perfectly) Fits The Prophecy

Nerdist points out that in addition to The Prince That Was Promised/Azor Ahai being “born in a long summer” and yada yada, that there’s a whole sword-thing involved. The sword of Azor Ahai will be created in order to fulfill the prophecy:


To fight the darkness, Azor Ahai needed to forge a hero’s sword. He labored 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 before hand 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, while her cry of anguish and ecstasy left a crack across the face of the moon.


There are already theories that Jaime will kill Cersei, especially since in the season 6 finale she did the EXACT thing the Mad King did that forced Jaime to kill him. If Jaime killed her, it fulfills the sword-forging prophecy of Azor killing his OTL to forge the sword that will end winter.

Evidence #4: We Actually Like Jaime Now

Remember after Jaime crippled Bran, was Catelyn’s prisoner, and was an overall total dick he became besties with Brienne, and we all found ourselves going, “do we love Jaime now?” Maybe this wasn’t just a product of kickass on-screen chemistry, but the plan all along from GRRM, Benioff, and Weiss? It’s all starting to come together…



We know, it’s a lot; but, there’s a lot here that warrants a legit discussion. Tune into our Game of Thrones podcast A Podcast Remembers on iTunes and SoundCloud for more theories!

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Liz Prugh

Liz is the co-founder of She loves geeking out over any and all sci-fi/fantasy and always thinks vampires are cool. You can currently find her co-hosting the Pure Fandom Podcast and writing about pop culture. Nerd out with her on Twitter @lizprugh.

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