For six seasons, Jon Snow has been the “Game of Thrones” character who has kept fans guessing the most. First we wondered if this character, played by Emmy nominee Kit Harington, was really the child of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. Then we feared he was dead. Now, the speculation centers on the idea that he is the prophesied reincarnation of Azor Ahai. This warrior was said to have ended the darkness with his sword, aptly named Lightbringer, and legend has it that he will return.
Harington isn’t saying much about this new theory. In a recent interview he addressed it thus: “I think you have to wait and see what happens this year, and if we find out anything more about Jon.” However, when pressed, he did admit, “Jon would hate the term ‘the prince that was promised.’”And that dismissive attitude says the actor is part of the appeal of playing this character. “I think that’s what’s great about him. He’s got very little ego on him.”
Until now, fans had focused on Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) as the likeliest character to be the reincarnate as she was a dragon master. However, it is becoming clearer that Snow came to be with two of the other elements of the prophecy, having been born out of battle (smoke) to a woman that shed tears (salt).
“Game of Thrones” returns to HBO for its seventh season on July 16. While we will get some answers this summer in the seven episodes to air, the big questions likely won’t be resolved till the eighth and final season in 2018.
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