Game of Thrones Season 6 premiere aired on April 24th, and now everyone is looking forward to episode 2. In the meanwhile, lots of fans are still confused by two very important characters: the Night's King and Azor Ahai.

Who is the Night's King

The Night's King was a Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, probably lived during the Age of Heroes. In A Song of Ice and Fire series, Old Nan in Winterfell told Bran Stark a story about him, identifying him as a Stark. Some people believe he was a Bolton or a member of another northern family.

In the past of Westeros the 13th Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, a brave warrior, fell in love with a woman described like a Whitewalker (white skin, bright blue eyes, freezing skin).

The Night's King lived for 13 years in the Nightfort with the mysterious woman, declaring himself king, committing terrible atrocities and offering sacrifices to the Others. The Night's King was defeated by Brandon the Breaker and Joramun, an ancient King Beyond the Wall. After that, his name was forbidden. In the TV show we can see him raising wights with a raise of his arms. His legendary figure could be connected with the legend of Azor Ahai.

Who is Azor Ahai

Azor Ahai was the hero chosen to fight against the darkness. In the books Melisandre also calls him "The prince that was promised." Azor Ahai tried more than once to forge a hero's sword to defeat the darkness. The third time he drove the sword into his wife's chest, combining her blood and soul with the steel of the sword, creating Lightbringer.

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According to a prophecy recounted by Melisandre, Azor Ahai is to be reborn as a R'hllor's champion when a cold darkness endangers the world. The legend says Azor Ahai with Lightbringer in his hand will face the Others again.

According to Melisandre's prophecy, the hero will be reborn "amidst smoke and salt." Another prophecy seems to point at the Targaryen's bloodline. But who will be the new Azor Ahai? Stannis Baratheon is dead. Rhaegar Targaryen is dead. What about Daenerys?

She is born on a little volcanic island (smoke and salt), she is a Targaryen and -- eventually -- she will reach Westeros one day. She could be the new Azor Ahai, but the most popular theory about the legendary hero connects him to Jon Snow. In the book series:

  • when Jon is stabbed his wounds smoke and Bowen Marsh cries (salt and smoke)
  • most likely he's half Targaryen (son of Rhaegar and Lyanna Stark)
  • he has a dream where he wields a flaming sword and faces the Others
  • Melisandre saw him in the flames looking for Azor Ahai.

Moreover, in the TV show Jon already faced the Night's King and Melisandre could resurrect him very soon with her red magic.

There is no certainty that Azor Ahai and the Night's King will face each other in Game of Thrones Season 6, 7, or 8, but we cannot exclude a battle either.