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What Is The Deal With Azor Ahai, AKA The Prince That Was Promised, On 'Game Of Thrones'?

And does it have to be a dude?
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Game of Thrones may have already been on for seven glorious seasons, but even after all of those lengthy, action-packed episodes, there's still a lot about the show we just don't know. One of the biggest mysteries is who will end up being the Prince That Was Promised, aka the reincarnation of the legendary Azor Ahai. While some people believe that Azor Ahai and the Prince That Was Promised are two separate people, it has been implied in the show, mostly by the red priestess Melisandre, that they are one and the same, so that’s what we're going with here.

According to the prophecy, Azor Ahai will come after a long summer (which just happened) to triumph over darkness (aka the White Walker invasion) and bring a summer that will never end. There are a few other criteria for someone to be Azor Ahai, including that they were born amidst smoke and salt under bleeding stars, are the song of ice and fire, and will wake dragons out of stone and the dragon will have three heads. The legendary warrior will also draw a burning sword, Lightbringer, from the fire. It’s important to note that while in English, this person is called a "prince," technically the Valyrian word for it has no gender, so they could also be a female (#GirlPower).

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Now, let's get into the possible candidates for who is going to lead Westeros to victory against the White Walkers:

Jon Snow

Jon seems like one of the most obvious choices to be the Prince That Was Promised. Not only has the northern good guy had one of the biggest glow-ups story-line-wise that seems to be setting him up to be the savior (he went from nameless bastard to heir to the Iron Throne, after all), but he also meets some of the Azor Ahai criteria. In the books, when Jon is killed by the men at Castle Black, his wounds steam and one of the assailants is crying before he is brought back to life and reborn, so there's your salt and smoke. The star sigil on Ser Patrek's uniform during the assassination becomes bloody. And as the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark, Jon is the embodiment of ice and fire.

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Daenerys Targaryen

Another crowd favorite to become Azor Ahai, Dany seems to check nearly every box. She was born on the volcanic island of Dragonstone and then was later reborn amongst fire as the mother of three dragons. In the books and the show, right after the dragons are born, a red comet appears in the sky. While Dany herself doesn't seem to descend from anything icy, her dragon children are now of both worlds after the Night King shot down Viserion and turned him into an icy White Walker dragon.

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Gendry

According to Redditor shadowwarrior8, Gendry, who we’ve barely seen at all recently, is going to pop back up to become Azor Ahai. Their theory is based on a somewhat far-fetched idea that Gendry is the legitimate son of Cersei and Robert, so stay with us on this one.

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When Gendry discovers who he really is, a sort of rebirth, if you will, there's apparently a red comet in the sky. He was also working as a smith at the time, meaning he was surrounded by salt and smoke. And if he is in fact the son of Cersei and Robert, he himself could be the dragon with three heads: Baratheon, Lannister, and Targaryen. Robert's grandmother was a Targaryen princess, meaning the blood of the dragon could have made its way down to Gendry.

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The Hound

The ruthless but growingly soft Sandor Clegane, more commonly known as The Hound, is another contender to fulfill the Azor Ahai prophecy. The Hound was indisputably changed into the gruff man he is now when his older brother pressed Sandor's face into a fire. Not only has he proven to be a great fighter, somehow making it out alive after facing Brienne of Tarth, but he's also had some visions courtesy of the Lord of Light, the one who promised this legendary warrior in the first place. When The Hound is invited to stare into the fire by Thoros, he has a vision about the location of the White Walker army. Seems like some pretty important information for a savior to have, no?

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.