Fans of George R.R. Martin’s book series A Song of Ice & Fire and very dedicated Game of Thrones fans know all about The Prince That Was Promised, a legend/prophecy in both the book and show established histories. For those that are unfamiliar, here’s a quick breakdown courtesy of Uproxx:
According to the servants of R’hllor, a battle has been waged since the beginning of time between the Lord of Light and the Great Other. The last time this battle went down, it was Azor Ahai who defeated the darkness with a magical sword called Lightbringer, forged in the blood of his beloved Nissa Nissa. The prophecy [as Melisandre tells Jon Snow: “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”] foretells that he will be reborn to defeat the Great Other again as The Prince That Was Promised.
Most people think it’s Jon Snow, some think its Daenerys Targaryen and even Tyrion Lannister and Arya Stark have been considered. Whoever is meant to fulfill this grand destiny better reveal themselves soon, because, as Davos rightly points out in the season seven trailer: “If we don’t put aside our enmities and bound together, we will die, and then it won’t matter whose skeleton sits on the Iron Throne.” Damn, Davos coming with that real talk.
As we saw late last season, Winter is officially here and a never-ending horde of undead are advancing on Westeros. Now I’m no expert or anything but that seems more important than which character gets to sit on a really uncomfortable chair. Davos is right to point that out, though a recent theory suggest he may have more to do with it than he knows.
Davos actor Liam Cunningham met Martin for the first time recently and the author told him a secret. “He said, ‘Don’t tell anybody.’ So I’m not,” Cunningham said. “I’d love to tell you, but HBO has a person in the room here, and I don’t know where they are, [but they have a] sniper rifle.”
We know Davos is going to play a crucial role in the wars to come as a member of Jon’s Small Council and as one of the realest dudes on the show. But could he be more than that? A convincing Reddit fan theory seems to believe so, as it posits that Davos is actually The Prince That Was Promised. Looking back, it is Davos who picks up Lightbringer after Stannis drops it in the sand.
“FollowTheBeard” breaks it down even further:
I saw you drink poison that should have killed you. I saw you give birth to a demon made of shadows. F*ck [the Lord], then. F*ck all of them. I’m not a devout man, obviously. Seven gods, drowned gods, tree gods, it’s all the same. I’m not asking the Lord of Light for help. I’m asking the woman who showed me that miracles exist. ~ Davos Seaworth, S06E02
-During the resurrection scene, Jon Snow is laid out on a stone slab. Melisandre performs the ritual and…nothing happens. Tormund leaves, Melisandre leaves, Edd leaves. Only Davos stays. He lingers… He approaches Jon, internally begging, pleading, willing, praying for his return. Shortly after, Jon gasps his first breath.
-The delay between the ritual and first breath was not a dramatic pause. Melisandre did not resurrect Jon Snow. She never believed she could, nor did she have any faith left in the cause. Davos did. Davos brought Jon Snow back to life. Davos woke the dragon from stone.
Do I actually believe that Davos is the hero Westeros has been waiting for? No. Despite Davos being one of the best people on the show, it’s doubtful that he’d be revealed to be a prophesied savior this late in the game. Still, it’s fun to think about, no?