There are plenty of Game of Thrones theories about who will save Westeros from the White Walkers. Most of these theories have Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Gendry Baratheon (Joe Dempsie), or Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) as being the hero — the Azor Ahai —of the final season. But when the dust settles after Season 8, the Prince Who Was Promised might turn out to be somebody nobody expected: Samwell Tarly (John Bradley).
It’s true that Samwell enjoys books over swords, but there are clues in the Azor Ahai prophecy that hint Samwell would be the one who saves the world from the Night King. And one of the strongest pieces of evidence is related to Samwell’s lineage.
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The theory that Samwell is Azor Ahai hinges on the idea that Samwell is a Targaryen by birth. Instead of being a Tarly, the theory posits that Samwell’s parents are Elia Martell and Rhaegar Targaryen, making his real name Aegon Targaryen, also known as the Prince Who Was Promised.
According to Bustle, George R.R. Martin already revealed that Aegon and Azor Ahai are one in the same. In one of Martin’s books, Rhaegar tells his wife that Aegon is a great name for a king and that the child is the song of ice and fire.
The theory, which was originally posted on Reddit by user MrSilenceT, states that Varys took Aegon after Rhaegar’s death and gave him to one of the Mad King’s most faithful followers, Randyll Tarly. This is one reason why Samwell is nothing like Randyll Tarly, a famous warrior with a passion for fighting. It also helps explain Samwell’s affinity towards books as Rhaegar had a reputation as being a scholarly ruler.
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That said, Jon Snow is the obvious frontrunner for saving Westeros. Not only is he King of the North and allied with Daenerys, but we know for sure that he’s really a Targaryen by birth and has a claim to the Iron Throne. That doesn’t mean Samwell isn’t the Prince Who Was Promised, but the odds are not in his favor. Whatever happens, we can only hope that Samwell gets the ending he deserves, especially considering how he would be great at ruling Westeros.
HBO has not announced an official premiere date for Season 8 of Game of Thrones. Production for the final season is currently underway and the series is expected to return sometime in 2019.