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Is Dany Azor Ahai? Here’s how she fits into this ‘Game of Thrones’ theory

SPOILER ALERT: Do not continue reading if you have not watched Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 6, “Beyond the Wall”. This post breaks down the theories around what could happen next. Also, if you haven’t watched yet, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE — I (LIZ) JUST HAD A BABY AND FIND THE TIME.

Ever since the epic sixth episode of the seventh season aired, fans have been swooning over the connection between Jon and Dany. In the latest episode, Jon formally pledged his allegiance to Dany, naming her his queen and giving us some major feels for these two to get together romantically.


Whether or not this love is romantic or Luke-Leia-esque, there’s no denying that these two share a powerful bond. Their confirmed connection finally brings some truth to the theories fans have been talking about for years, like the Nissa Nissa/Azor Ahai theory.

The show has alluded to this theory without calling it out by name, with Melisandre talking of the “Prince who was Promised”, first believing it was Stannis, and now believing it could be Jon and/or Dany. Earlier in season 7, Melisandre also confirmed that this “prince” doesn’t necessarily have to be a male, but that it could be also be a female, and that Jon and Dany both have a role to play.

Let’s break down the theories of how the “prince” could be either Dany or Jon, and why one of them most likely will lose their life fulfilling the prophecy and saving the realm of men.

Here’s why Dany could be Azor Ahai, and why Drogon could be “Lightbringer”

Before we dive into why Dany will be the one to most likely die (if her or Jon has to) and is possibly Azor Ahai, here’s a quick recap of the Prince that was Promised theory from our previous post:

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.

“Nissa Nissa”, in this instance, could be Khal Drogo. Movie Pilot claims that either Dany or Jon could be Nissa Nissa, but we believe the real twist could be that Drogo was Dany’s Nissa Nissa all along. He was Dany’s first love, the reason for igniting the fire within her, finding her strength—it all started with Drogo. Drogo was sacrificed, one could say (like Nissa Nissa), in the ritual by the evil witch who said she could “save him.” After Drogo passed, Dany’s dragons were born, and of course she named her prized dragon after Drogo, Drogon.

“…the sacrifice needed to create Lightbringer involves a person’s soul, blood, strength, and courage being absorbed…” (Movie Pilot)

Technically, this could mean that Drogon is “Lightbringer”, fulfilling the prophecy and being the weapon needed to take down the Night King and his ice dragon.

Why Dany—and Drogon—could die in the final battle

George R.R. Martin has said that the ending to Game of Thrones will be “bittersweet”, and we can’t help but think that Dany fits that bill. Think about it: Dany has wanted the Iron Throne this whole time, and the closer she gets, the more she realizes what being the best ruler for Westeros really means. Take a look at what Tyrion said to her in season 7, episode 6 (start at 3:50):

“The world you want to build doesn’t get built all at once, probably not in a single lifetime.”

As annoyed as Dany is with Tyrion here, she knows he is right. It seems like Dany’s journey is leading her to believe that she may not be the one to rule in the end, and it may be because she’ll realize she’ll have to charge into battle with Drogon, and ultimately lose both of their lives.

Here’s where Jon comes in

On the flip side, Jon has never wanted to be “king” or have the Iron Throne. His sole goal has been to fight for the living and save the realms of men. He doesn’t want to rule, which is precisely why he is the perfect person to do so. His journey is like Dany’s, but his realization could be that he has to rule the seven kingdoms and realms of men because he’s the only one that doesn’t want the crown, but to protect the people.

Also, with Rhaegar/Lyanna’s marriage now proven to be legitimate, he’s next in line above Dany anyways, soooo yeah…


What do you think will happen with Dany and Jon? They obviously love each other, and we honestly don’t care if they still do the horizontal mambo after they find out they’re related. JUDGE US IF YOU WILL THEY ARE PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER, OKAY GUYS.

Comment your theories below!

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We think that the Mormonts knew about Jon’s true parentage (R+L=J) all along. Learn more in our original Mormont Theory.

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Liz Prugh

Liz is the co-founder of, an always aspiring #fiercefemale, and loves geeking out over any and all sci-fi/fantasy. She believes Luke Skywalker is the most underrated Jedi and still thinks vampires are cool. She hosts several Pure Fandom podcasts, and you can find her currently covering The CW's 'Batwoman' and 'Legacies'. Nerd out with her on Twitter @lizprugh.

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