The Prince That Was Promised is Jon Snow
Here’s a little theory of mine based on a bunch of wonderful sites dedicated to the series A Song of Ice and Fire
My own theory for the prince that was promised is Jon Snow or as I would call him, Jon Targaryen.
The theory consists of the following:
1. He was born during the fall of a bleeding star
2. Born amongst salt and smoke.
3. He will be the promised prince.
Jon Snow has all that answered below:
1. Arthur Dayne of Starfall died during his fight to defend the Tower of Joy from Ed’s team. Bleeding may mean dying of loss of blood. Star, because he is of Starfall.
2. He was born of salt (tears of Lyanna), and smoke (either hot water used during childbirth OR his fiery rebirth through Melisandre’s ways).
3. Ned Stark made a promise to Lyanna Stark.
Also, he was the promised prince but it did not say whether he will be king nor did it say he would rule. It was only told that he will save the kingdom from a long period of darkness. And I’m not even sure if he’ll have his own Lightbringer-sword as Longclaw or Arthur Dayne’s Dawn but I am sure that perhaps the Night’s Watch is technically Lightbringer. Why? See the proof below:
Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all nights to come.
That is the vow. And as for Azhor Azhai’s theory on Nissa Nissa, I’d say that he “forged” Lightbringer (The Night’s Watch) by piercing Nissa Nissa (his wife) which I think translates to the Night’s Watch being born with an oath to forsake marriage or having a wife.
Or perhaps the “sword out of the fire” might as well be Dany and her Dragons or even that Jon might have his own dragon. And that he can’t marry Dany since he’ll still uphold his vows throughout this story.
P.S. The theory can also technically work for Daenerys. This is based on the Azhor Ahai prophecy and is not to be confused with the Prince prophecy (or other prophecies for that matter) but they have been thought to be the same. As for my own opinion, I’d say otherwise.
She awoke the dragons out of her petrified stone eggs, on the very night she spotted the comet for the first time. (GoT, pg. 804). That night, there was smoke from the funeral pyre and salt from Dany’s tears. And she was ‘reborn’ in the sense that she emerged from the fire a stronger person–a leader whom the Dothraki would follow.
But how does Dany’s story match up with Salladhor’s? Well, one suggestion has been that her dragons are actually Lightbringer, because they can produce fire. This makes a great amount of sense. Like Azor Ahai, Dany tried three times to make her weapon–once while putting them on a brazier (GoT, pg. 593), once while coming out of her fevered nightmares (GoT, pg. 753-754), and finally succeeding on the third try at Drogo’s pyre. Also, like Azor Ahai, Dany sacrificed her spouse to make her weapon, and drew the weapon out of a fire.
And it can even work for both of them. After all, it is a song of ice and fire i.e. Jon and Dany.
P.P.S. But if we’re going to work at it with the tradition of having rulers of three, why not add Bran or Sam on the side 🙂