Based on our Game of Thrones poll, 57% of United Voice readers think Daenerys is Azor Ahai, 13% think The Hound is, 23% think Jon Snow is and 7% believe Beric Dondarrion is.
There are actually two prophecies concerning Azor Ahai in the Game of Thrones.
One is “There will come a day after a long summer when the stars 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.” and the other is “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.”
The problem with prophecies is that they are wide open to interpretation. Because Daenerys did seemingly “wake dragons out of stone,” she is the most obvious contender to fulfill the prophecy. She was also reborn in fire, twice. But, what about wielding a burning sword? To date, Daenerys hasn’t wielded a sword at all, burning or otherwise.
Beric Dondarrion has been brought back to life several times — though not reborn of fire. They both wield swords, but neither seems to have the depth required to be the hero in the prophecy.
The Hound may be the most realistic person when it comes to fulfilling the prophecy. The word “prince” may apply to either gender in the high Valyrian language, but the prophecy also uses the pronoun “he.” The Hound was reborn of fire (in a way) as a youth, when his face was held to the fire, altering his personality and features significantly. Then, after Arya leaves him for dead, he appears again, alive and “well.”
The Hound may not have dragons now, but with the wide-open approach that the Game of Thrones seems to take on unexpected turns, who is to say he couldn’t raise some petrified dragon bones or find that the three eggs Daenerys had weren’t really the last?
When it comes to the Game of Thrones, expect the unexpected. More than one viewer has found themselves yelling at the television as they tried to wrap their minds around a plot twist in the form of the death of a popular character or the brutality that some of the characters have undergone. The Hound has seen enough tragedy, caused enough of his own, and been shaped by the events of his life and the world around him. Daenerys, on the other hand, has mostly led the way for changes in the world, always expecting to come out on top. She suffers from no accounts of humility, while The Hound’s personality was almost born of it. What true hero ever come to the field without a significant amount of suffering under his or her belt?