Once upon a time, aka Game of Thrones season two, Quaithe (a mysterious woman in a crazy mask) told Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) “to go forward, you must go back.” While that’s definitely the case for Game of Thrones theorists like myself, it’s also a riddle that, to me, means Dany is going to need to look back at the past—specifically her family history—before she moves forward.
By now, you’ve heard of the “Dragon Has Three Heads” and “Prince That Was Promised” prophecies and how Dany’s brother/Jon Snow’s dad, Rhaegar Targaryen (Wilf Scolding), was obsessed with them. (ICYMI: He believed himself to be the “Prince That Was Promised” and rode into battle at the Trident River only to meet his untimely demise.) With both prophesies still unfulfilled, some have surmised the dragon with three heads isn’t one Targaryen, but instead three Targaryens and that the battle of the “Prince That Was Promised” will happen at the Trident this season.
Let’s start from the beginning. I believe long ago Daeron Targaryen had a “Dragon Dream,” aka a prophetic dream specific to the Targaryen family, predicting the battle between the living and the dead would take place on the banks of the Trident. His brother Maester Aemon Targaryen (Peter Vaughan) was fascinated by the “Prince That Was Promised” prophecy and thought he might find some answers through Daeron’s dreams. As far as I can tell, Daenerys’s brother Rhaegar read his great-great Uncle Aemon’s notes, decided he was the “Prince That Was Promised” and assumed he would triumph against usurper Robert Baratheon at the Trident. Well, the prophesied Trident battle is actually the much-anticipated final fight between the White Walkers and Dany, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) that’s coming up in season eight.
Not sold yet? Let’s take a look at another known “Dragon Dreamer,” Daenerys, but use a dream she had in the A Storm of Swords book as evidence:
“That night she dreamt she was Rhaegar, riding to the Trident. But she was mounted on a dragon, not a horse. When she saw the Usurper’s rebel host across the river they were armored all in ice, but she bathed them in dragonfire and they melted away like dew and turned the Trident into a torrent. Some small part of her knew that she was dreaming, but another part exalted. This is how it was meant to be. The other was a nightmare, and I have only now awakened.”
This is more than a dream, it’s the future…and the past. It’s the same dream Daeron had that was misinterpreted by Aemon and Rhaegar. Daenerys is seeing that, like her older brother Rhaegar’s death, this final battle for humanity will take place on the banks of the Trident River, but instead of Robert Baratheon on the other side, this time it will be a battalion “armored in ice.”
So, what goes down at the Trident? My guess is that Daenerys will be killed and resurrected by the Night King as a wight zombie and Jon Snow will be forced to kill the woman he has come to love, just like it is said the original “Azor Ahai” did. (Azor Ahai is basically what they call “The Prince That Was Promised” in Essos). Jon will then fight the Night King on dragonback, with the Night King riding zombie Viserion and Jon Snow riding Rhaegal, the dragon Dany named after her brother and Jon’s father, Rhaegar Targaryen.
How’s that for a nice neat ending? Now let’s see if I’m right when Game of Thrones returns to HBO on Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. PT/ET.