There he is again, the prince who was promised (or “Prince Who Was Promised”, as he is called in the original): Five books and eight seasons of “Game Of Thrones” puzzled the fans, who was the one that was picked up again and again prophecy would come true. There hasn’t been a real resolution yet because there’s still no sixth book and the prince who was promised didn’t play a major role in the “GoT” finale – much to the annoyance of many fans. But now the whole thing suddenly becomes important again in the prequel “House Of The Dragon”. But one after anonther.
The prophecy of the prince who was promised goes back to a historical, legendary figure named Azor Ahaiwho comes from the legendary city of Asshai in the Far East and probably saved the world of “Game Of Thrones” thousands of years ago from the first attack of the White Walkers during the so-called Long Night.
In Asshai and among the followers of R’hllor, the Lord of Light (including the red priestess Melisandre) There is a prophecy that says Azor Ahai will one day be born again as the prince who was promised. The prince is also said to have a song associated with it, namely the Song of Ice and Fire. It is also important: The prince can also be a princess, because the prophecy is in Valyrian and there the corresponding word is gender-neutral.
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As far as the status before “House Of The Dragon”, but in the “Game Of Thrones” prequel, important information was added: In addition to being a legend thousands of years old, the Prince That Was Promised and the accompanying Song of Ice and Fire are closely associated with House Targaryen:
Viserys (Paddy Considine) tells Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) in Episode 1 that her ancestor Aegon the Conqueror had a vision of the threat of the Night King and the White Walkers, which he called “The Song of Ice and Fire”.. Eventually, to face this threat, he conquered Westeros.
In Episode 4, the term is then used “Prince who was promised” is said to be of Aegon’s blood – one of his descendants. And we learn that Aegon had the prophecy inscribed on the blade of his Valyrian steel dagger – the same dagger, by the way, that Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) then uses to kill 200 years after Night King.
Now, is the prince that was promised an ancient legend or a prophecy from Aegon the Conqueror? Is the Song of Ice and Fire associated with the prince (or princess) or the name of Aegon’s vision? And isn’t that the name of the book that Sam Tarly (John Bradley) is writing at the end of Season 8? Those responsible have not yet given us any answers to these questions.
It’s quite possible that all of this is somehow related to the dagger, which we learn in episode 4 previously belonged to Aenar Targaryen, who moved his family to Dragonstone before the fall of Valyria. Yet It is unclear who owned the dagger before Aenar and Aegon, Viserys said. Maybe a previous owner of the gun went by the name of Azor Ahai?
After all, there are many indications that there is a plan behind it and that this time there will actually be answers to the open questions. Then “House Of The Dragon” was created in close collaboration with George RR Martin himself. And he already explained in an interview, that there had already been some references to the Targaryens’ role in the prophecy in his books and that he was still two books away from the end.
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So it’s quite possible that in the missing “Game Of Thrones” books “The Winds Of Winter” and “A Dream Of Spring” further revelations about the connection between Targaryens and the Song of Ice and Fire or the Prince who was promised , are. And since the release of the books is certainly still a while away, there may be further clues in “House Of The Dragon” before that…
“House Of The Dragon” Episode 5 will be released on September 19, 2022 on Sky and WOW (formerly Sky Ticket).
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