You know nothing...
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
If you’ve managed to get this far in life without knowing a single thing about Game of Thrones, firstly – well done. It’s seriously a feat to be able to ignore a show so mammoth that even they royal family admitted they watch it.
Secondly – what the hell are you thinking? What about dramatic love stories, epic battle scenes and clinging to the edge of your seat because your favourite character has been killed off do you NOT like?
Every GOT fan out there will be counting down the days until the seventh series hits the screens on July 16th. We’ve been teased with everything that’s to come – from the unlikely news that Ed Sheeran has a part in the upcoming season, to what the new Game of Thrones trailer tells us about what’s about to go down in Westeros.
But do the recently released pictures actually tell us more than we first thought? We know that Daenerys has arrived somewhere with her most-strangely pieced together crew. Cersei might have lost it and burned Kings Landing to the ground, but her brother and lover Jamie looks like he’s sticking by her. And with Hodor being no more it seems Bran is being dragged along by poor Meera who looks, quite frankly, exhausted.
Although many of them allude to storylines we have already seen beginning to unfold, it’s this moment between Sam and Gilly that has the internet in a tizz.
Some clever clogs have actually worked out exactly what the text says:
“It is also written that there are annals in Asshai of such a darkness, and of a hero who fought against it with a red sword. His deeds are said to have been performed before the rise of Valyria, in the earliest age when Old Ghis was first forming its empire.
This legend has spread west from Asshai, and the followers of R’hllor claim that this hero was named Azor Ahai, and prophesy his return. In the Jade Compendium, Colloquo Votar recounts a curious legend from Yi Ti, which states that the sun hid its face from the earth for a lifetime, ashamed at something none could discover, and that disaster was averted only by the deeds of a woman with a monkey’s tail.”
Yes, it sounds quite long winded and nonsense-y, but pay attention.
In case you need a refresher, Azor Ahai – also known as the Prince that was Promised – is prophesied as the one who is reborn in order to save Westeros from the darkness, which is highly likely to refer to those pesky White Walkers that keep cropping up to ruin everyone’s day.
Previously, people have at one point or another believed that High Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, his son Aegon and Stannis Baratheon were the saviour.
However, fans are now thinking that it refers to either Jon Snow or Daenerys, and this is why.
Red priestess Melisandre states: “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.”
Now, Daenerys was born on the island of Dragonstone (that’s the salt) under a red comet (there’s the bleeding star), and in season one she was reborn as the Mother of Dragons when the flames of her husband Drogo’s funeral pyre did not burn or kill her, creating the smoke that finishes up the prophecy.
But when we were given a flashback to Jon’s birth, the show pointed out that he was born to Lyanna Stark under the bloody sword of Arthur Dayne, which had been made from a fallen star. So put together – he was also technically born under a bleeding star.
Could they end up be battling it out for the Iron Throne? We’re still pinning our hopes on them joining forces and becoming the power couple that Westeros has needed since the deaths of Ned and Catelyn Stark (sob).