Wednesday, 18 June 2014

The Azor Ahai Prophecy

Azor Ahai will be reborn amidst smoke and salt wielding the flaming sword Lightbringer to defend the world from R'hllor's nemesis, the Other.

Who is Azor Ahai and what did/will he do?

Approximately 8000 years ago, before Aegon's Landing, there lived a legendary hero, Azor Ahai. It is said that during the midst of The Long Night, Azor Ahai defeated the Others wielding a sword of fire, Lightbringer.

The world lay in darkness and a hero was chosen to fight against it, Azor Ahai. To the fight the darkness he needed to forge a sword worthy of a hero. For thirty days and thirty nights he worked until it was complete. When he tried to temper it in water however, the sword broke. But Azor Ahai was not so easily defeated so he began to forge a new sword and this time he laboured for fifty days and fifty nights. This time, to temper it, he captured a lion and drove the sword into its heart, but again the sword shattered. With a heavy heart, for he knew what was needed to finish the blade, he began to forge the sword for a third time. He laboured for 100 days and 100 nights. He then called for his wife, Nissa Nissa, and asked her to bare her breast. He drove the blade into her beating heart, her soul combining with the steel of the sword, created Lightbringer.

Azor Ahai drives his blade into the heart of his wife.

According to prophecy, from over 5000 years ago, Azor Ahai is to be reborn again to challenge the Others. This will happen after a long summer when an evil darkness once again descends on the world. It is believed that Azor Ahai will return once again wielding Lightbringer and will stand against the Others. If he fails, the world fails with him.
''There will come a day after a long summer when the starts bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world. In this dread hour a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him.'' -Davos Seaworth, A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10
There is a similar prophecy about the prince that was promised and some readers believe that he is the same person as Azor Ahai. Many others believe that this is false and they come from two different prophecies. So far Azor Ahai and the prince that was promised have never been mentioned in the same sentence, however Melisandre has spoken of both prophecies interchangeably, but she does tend to use the name Azor Ahai far more often.

Ok here is where some Spoilers for those who only watch the TV show come in! (Don't read ahead if you don't want spoilers!!)

So who do we think could be Azor Ahai? Here are 5 people I think most will agree may be possible.

1. Stannis Baratheon

  • Well we all know that Melisandre is completely convinced that Stannis is Azor Ahai reborn again.
  • Stannis wields a magic sword that was forged by plunging a blade through a burning statue of the Maiden at the sept in Dragonstone. This ceremony is meant to be his ''rebirth'' as Azor Ahai. 
  • Stannis was named the Lord of Dragonstone after Robert's Rebellion, Dragonstone being a place of smoke and salt.
  • Stannis' paternal grandmother was Rhaelle Targaryen, meaning he has the Blood of the Dragon, which may or may not be a prerequisite.
  • Maester Aemon remarks that Stannis' sword, while shining brilliantly thanks to Melisandre's magic, gives off no heat and so couldn't possibly be Lightbringer
2. Daenerys Targaryen

  • After Sam tells Maester Aemon about Daenerys and her dragons he becomes sure that she is the prophesied leader. 
''No one ever looked for a girl...It was a prince that was promised, not a princess....What fools we were,....Dragons are neither male nor female....the language misled us all for a thousand years.
Daenerys is the one,born amidst salt and smoke. The dragons prove it.'' -Samwell Tarly, A Feast for Crows, Chapter 35
 He then tell's Sam to relate all his findings to the Maesters in Oldtown and convince them to send a               Maester to Daenerys.

  • The prophecy was originally made by dragons, who are neither male nor female meaning Azor Ahai may not necessarily be a man.
  • Dany was born on Dragstone (amidst salt), and reborn as the Mother of Dragons on Khal Drogo's funeral pyre (amidst smoke). On that same pyre her three dragon eggs hatched (born amidst salt and smoke to wake dragons from stone), and on the morning for the first time the Red Comet appeared in the sky (When the stars bleed...).
  • In another prophecy from a woods witch, we are told that the Prince who Was promised would be born from the line of Prince Aerys and Princess Rhaelle. Daenerys is their daughter.

3. Jon Snow

  • Jon's wounds smoke while Bowen Marsh cries, providing the prophecised salt, and Ser Patrek's bloody star laden heraldry is in the air above.
  • When Melisandre looks into her fire for Azor Ahai, she sees only things to do with Jon or snow, which he thinks must be ash but she sees as a possible connection to Jon.
  • Jon has a dream where he is fighting the Others with a red sword burning in his hand.
  • If having the Blood of the Dragon is a must, and if Rhaegar really is Jon's father then Jon would satisfy this prerequisite. He would be from the line of Aerys and Rhaella as he would be their grandson.
  • Jon indirectly caused Ygrittes death by warning Castle Black of the incoming raid, this is similar to Azor Ahai sacrificing Nissa Nissa to complete Lightbringer.
4. Victarion Greyjoy
If you do not read the books you won't be familiar with this character, he is one of Theon's uncles.
  • While Victarion is travelling to capture Daenerys, he sustains a likely mortal sword wound but this is healed by a red priest of R'hllor, Moqorro. Afterwards his arm smokes and the ritual was performed at sea, which provides the salt.
  • Victarion was saved from death which could be seen as a form of rebirth.
  • Moqorro says he see's a great future for Victarion in the services of R'hllor.
  • Victarion previously beat his wife to death, which could be a possible Nissa Nissa connection?
SPOILER ALERT Don't read on if you haven't read the books and don't want things to be spoiled!

5. Aegon VI Targaryen
  • Before his death Rhaegar believe his son to be the Prince who was promised! . . . (Ya that's right non book readers, Rhaegar's son is alive!!)

So there we have the 5 candidates for Azor Ahai! Rhaegar was included in this list but, to me there isn't enough evidence to support that he might be Azor Ahai reborn. Plus Robert killed him so if he was the one the prophecy speaks of then Robert has doomed everyone!

Do you agree with these? Or do you think someone else could be Azor Ahai reborn? Let me know in the comments below! 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Season 4: Episode 10: The Children

Episode 9: Review
It's been a while since we've had an episode dedicated to a whole battle or just one story itself. Season 2 episode 9, was the last episode like this with the battle of the blackwater. In  this battle however there weren't any games to play. It was kill or be killed!!

I never liked Alliser Thorne much, but in this episode, even though he still hates Jon Snow, I saw a side to him I liked. On the battle field, he could hold his own, he is able to inspire the men he commands and is pretty damn good with a sword too!! And then we have Janos Slynt! His cowardly reaction didn't surprise me at all. Even Sam is braver than that guy.

Luckily or Unluckily for Jon,Ygritte is killed by the little boy who escaped a northern village a few weeks back. Would she really have put that arrow through his heart? I don't think she would. I would love to have seen more of the fight in the tunnel between the six members of  the nights watch and the huge giant!!

I must say personally I was a little dissapointed with this episode! The CGI for the Giants and Mammoths was unreal though!

Episode 10: The Children

Producers are promising that this will be the best episode yet! Then again they are always say that at the end of a series, don't they? I for one am still trying to decide if episode 8 was the best or worst ever! I'm still grieving for Oberyn!

Producers are promising a 66 minute episode that is going to end a few plot lines with a bang!! With all the hype in Kings Landing with Tyrions trial and the battle at the wall, this episodes trailer reminds us about those people we may have forgotten about, like Arya and the Hound, Sansa and Daenerys?! This episode shows us a bit of everything and a lot of nothing! Usually we can kind of know what to expect from them but this week the producers are giving nothing away!!

The official synopsis for this episodes is: 
"An unexpected arrival north of the Wall changes circumstances. Dany is forced to face harsh realities. Bran learns more of his destiny. Tyrion sees the truth of his situation."
What new troubles will Dany face? Will Bran finally learn to fly? Will Tyrion get out of this alive? What's next for Arya and the Hound. One thing is for sure that nobody can be certain, especially since this season as deviated away from the books more than previous seasons. Anything could and more than likely will happen. It's the last episode for another 9 or 10 months so don't miss it and enjoy every last second of it.

Who know's maybe we will be lucky enough to have book 6 by the time the next season comes? No?

Game of Thrones airs on HBO at 9pm on Sunday 15th June and on Sky Atlantic on Monday 16th of June. 

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Is Tyrion Lannister really a Targaryen?

WARNING  this contains spoilers for those who have not yet read ALL the books in the ''A Song of Ice and Fire'' series, or are just watching the T.V series. If you don't want something spoiled on you don't read on and then give out that I spoiled something! I am warning you now, if you read on tough luck!! :P

Time to add another unproven, but very possible, theory to the list. Is Tyrion actually a Targaryen and not a Lannister?

So the theory goes that Tywin Lannister is not Tyrion's father. It is believed, by some, that Tywin's wife Joanna was raped by the mad King Aerys Targaryen and Tyrion was the result.Many see this as the reason that Tywin despises Tyrion so much, not just because he blames Tyrion for her death. Now as with all theories there is no strong proof to say this is absolutely true, that's why they are called theories, because there is some evidence that they ''might'' be true.

So what evidence do we have that Tyrion may not be Tywin's son and actually the son of Aerys Targaryen. We know that Tywin was Aerys hand for 20 years and that Aerys was envious of him. We also know that Aerys wronged Tywin many times and this resulted in Tywin abandoning his post and returning to Casterly Rock. Aerys must have feared Tywin as he was the only one he didn't punish for doing him wrong. The Mad King always found a reason to torture or burn someone alive, why not Tywin?

There is a real possibility that Aerys could have forced himself upon Joanna. I think that Tywin is logical and human enough to know that death at childbirth is not a conscious fault of the child, and could not blame Tyrion for the death of his mother. However what if he had reason to suspect that the child was not his? Then such hate for the child might seem justified? This may explain his hatred for the Targaryens, and why he ordered the murder of Rhaegar's children, and why he let Kings Landing be sacked.

In a Feast for Crows, Aemon tells Sam that he and his brothers dreamed of dragons. We also know that Daenerys dreamed of dragons before she hatched her eggs, and if memory serves me right Tyroin tells Jon Snow in book 1 that he used to dream of dragons.

In the books, Tyrion has two mismatched eyes, one is green and one is black. Throughout the books references are made to eyes being such a dark purple that they look black. It is possible that Tyrion's black is actually avery dark purple, and we know that the Targaryens have purple eyes.

On more than one occasion Tywin has told Tyrion that he wasn't his son. Infact they are even Tywin's last words! Is he just saying that because he doesn't want him to be his son, or because he believes that he actually isn't his son?

Another thing we know is that Dany has 3 dragons. Each dragon needs a Master, Dany cannot be mother to all 3. We know we have at least 2 Targaryens but who's the third?

Our possible theories say it could be Jon Snow or Tyrion Lannister. Jon Snow is believed to be the son of Rhaegar and Lyanna so therefore he would be part Targaryen, but we know that true Targaryens cannot be burned by fire (like that muppet Viserys was)! Jon burnt his hand the night he saved the Lord Commander from the wight. So that rules him out. On the other hand, as far as we are aware Tyrion has never been burned by fire!

Could Tyrion Lannister be the third Targaryen? This theory says it's a possibility!

What do you think? Check out the theory about Jon Snow here.

If you have any other theories about the Song of Ice and Fire books, share them below!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Season 4: Episode 9: The Watcher on the Walls

Episode 8 The Mountain and The Viper Review
Traumatised is not the word. . . . . I am scared for life after watching Oberyn's death!! I knew it would be gruesome but I was not expecting that!! I think everyone was in shock after they saw it, but we'll deal with all of that in a moment.

First lets take a look at Arya and the Hound, they have finally reached the Vale only to find that Lysa is dead. Arya finds the fact, that each time they reach her family they wind up dead, hilarious! The Hound on the other hand doesn't really know how to respond!

Elsewhere Roose Bolton has seen fit to legitimise his bastard son Ramsay and make him an official Bolton. Now called Ramsay Bolton, Roose's son is still as insane as ever and I'm sure he will keep us entertained with his antics in episodes to come.

The Wildlings have attacked Mole Town and yet with all the stone cold, killers and fighters that are supposedly in the North, nobody seems to be doing anything t defend their towns from these Wildling attacks even though they have had warning about them. It's also quite astounding how the men at castleblack have not yet discovered how to defend themselves against the wildlings. . . . I mean it is towering over 700ft above them!!

Next we meet Sansa, those who have read the books will notice that the story has changed quiet a bit in the show, personally I think it's way more interesting. In the books we are left on a cliffhanger, after Lysa's death we don't really know what happens to Sansa. In this episode we saw an entirely different side to Sansa to what we are used too. Once a timid little idealist, who believed in fairytale endings and valiant knights, Sansa has finally come to learn what her father couldn't, when you play the game of thrones, you live or you die. When she later emerges before departing the Vale with Littlefinger and Robin, Sansa has dyed her hair black (and not too disguise herself as in the books) as a sign of a new beginning. For the first time, Sansa appears as if she may be someone who is regal and dangerous.

Over in the East, Daenerys has learned that good old Jorah was actually spying on her when they first met so that he could get a royal pardon. Dany is none to impressed and tells him she doesn't want him in her city, dead or alive!! We all know that Jorah stopped spying on her a long time ago and really does love her. So we feel kind of sorry for him when this happens. If only Dany could see what we can.

And finally the main event. . . The Mountain vs The Viper!! It is safe to say that the producers have outdone themselves with this scene, I was both horrified and captivated. I wanted to keep watching but yet I couldn't. Prince Oberyn was one of my favourite characters in the books, and I hoped and prayed that they would not change his character in the tv show like that have done with others. Someone answered my prayers because he was made nearly more of a legend than he was in the books.

Then he dies. Just when you think that he has defeated the Mountain and all is won. Ser Gregor rises and well literally squashes Oberyn with his bare hands! It's horrible to watch. Yet again we want a character to have justice we want him to win, just like we wanted Eddard to win against Cersei and Joffrey, like we wanted Robb to defeat the Lannisters, and we do not under any circumstances want to hear the Rains of Castamere, but we do, in the beginning of the episode.

Yet again, justice is not serves and our hero dies a horrible horrible death. Was it just me or was anyone else hoping and praying once again that they would change the story from the book and let him live? Then again this is one thing that makes Game of Thrones so different to other stories. . .nobody is safe.

Episode 9 The Watcher on The Walls Preview
Episode 8 is going to be hard to follow, with shocking death of the Viper, the prducers are really going to have to pull out all the stops for true Game of Thrones episode 9! We all know that the second last episode in the season has a big game changer at the end. In season 1 we saw Eddard Stark beheaded, in Season 2 it was the battle of the blackwater, and in Season 3 it was the Red Wedding. So what is season 4 going to bring us? Well from the trailer it seem's this episode is all about the Wall, the wildlings and The Nightswatch.

Much like last week's event's the battle at Castle Black has been much anticipated. After the scenes with the Mountain and the Viper, this episode has a lot to live up too. The Official synopsis doesn't give too much away either;

''Jon Snow and the Night's watch face a big challenge''
 And that's all we're given. With Mammoths and Giants in Mance's ginormous army. The brothers will wish they had listened to Jon earlier. 200 brothers defending the Wall against an army that size will not be an easy task.

Game of Thrones airs on Monday the 9th of June on Sky Atlantic at 9pm and on the 8th of June on HBO at 9pm.