As the temperatures rise and days become longer with the summer months, there is just one subject on diehard tv audiences’ minds: Game of Thrones. HBO’s massively popular fantasy series has just two short seasons left, making every last frame and moment from the last few episodes precious. All eyes are on how the battle for Westeros will end, and one of the first images from Season 7 features an excellent easter egg that may hint at the series finale.
A still from Season 7 of Game of Thrones (seen above) shows Gilly and Sam getting their library on in The Citadel. One eagle eyed redditor took a close look at the parchment Gilly’s reading, which is actually text from George R.R. Martin’s The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros that seems to hint at the impending war against the White Walkers. It says,
It is also written that there are annals in Asshai of such a darkness, and of a hero who fought against it with a red sword. His deeds are said to have been performed before the rise of Valyria, in the earliest age when Old Ghis was first forming its empire. This legend has spread west from Asshai, and the followers of R’hllor claim that this hero was named Azor Ahai, and prophesy his return.
While this is a fun easter egg, it surely can’t be an accident.
As a reminder, the story of Azor Ahai is the prophecy that Melissandrei has mentioned a billion times during Game of Thrones‘ tenure. It states that one protector, with their red sword, will save Westeros from the threat of the dead during the long winter. Because while we’ve seen great houses pick each other apart for six seasons, the true fight for survival is against the dead who are approaching to destroy the entire continent. Melissandrei believed Stannis Baratheon to be the prophesied Azor Ahai before his death, although she has since backed Jon Snow as the chosen one after reviving him from the dead.
But there is another candidate for Azor Ahai: Daenerys Targaryen. As the mother of three giant fire breathing dragons, it certainly feels like Dany has the best chance at saving Westeros from the White Walkers. In fact, this was hinted at in Season 6, as new red priestess Kinvara and her company have been preaching Dany’s destiny Meereen and the other free cities.
But regardless of whether it’ll be Dany or Jon, the denizens of Westeros are going to need some serious help if they’re going to survive these winter years with their heads. The Knight’s King means business, so it will likely take the combination of dragons, Bran‘s warging abilities, and the reunions of country’s forces to keep them alive.
Game of Thrones will return for Season 7 this summer. Be sure to check our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watching session.