Will Game of Thrones: Winds of Winter fulfill the prophecies left hanging by the TV series?

As it stands in the books (at the end of A dance with dragons), Tommen and Myrcella are both still alive, and there is a Dornish plot going on to put Myrcella on the throne, since the Dornish do not follow the rule of male primogeniture and therefore for them their hostage Myrcella is the legitimate heiress. As we know, the TV series cut Dornish’s storyline quite abruptly and inserted Jaime into it, having her take over Myrcella, only for her to be killed by Ellaria Sand. So this seems like a case of adaptation including Martin’s prophecy for the poetry of it, but unable to fulfill that particular aspect of it through their own story edits. Accordingly, we have high hopes for this prophecy to come true in The Winds of Winter.

The Prince/ss that was promised

This one is complicated, as characters in the books tend to confuse prophecies about the return of legendary figure Azor Ahai and the coming of the prince who was promised. The TV show then complicates things by completely removing Azor Ahai. The name “Azor Ahai” is never spoken in the TV show, and the specific story of how he thrust his sword into the heart of his wife Nissa Nissa in order to create the flaming sword Lightbringer is left entirely. next to.

However, there are plenty of references in the series to the Prince/ss (the Valyrian high word is genderless, Missandei tells us) That Was Promised, a prophecy that Melisandre sadly misinterprets, thinking it refers to to Stannis Baratheon. In her first scene, Melisandre says that it is written that “a warrior shall draw a burning sword out of fire, and that sword shall be Lightbringer.” Melisandre repeatedly tells Stannis that she saw her victory in flames, even after the defeat at Blackwater, telling him “you are the warrior of light…you will be king”. Then she makes him look into the fire and asks him “see?” and he says “yes”. Stannis achieves a victory, at the Battle of Castle Black where Mance Rayder is defeated, but it’s safe to say he doesn’t fulfill the rest of that prophecy in any way.

Meanwhile, the red priests and priestesses we see in Essos believe Daenerys is the princess who was promised. Kinvara says, “from fire she was born to remake the world… her dragons are fire made flesh, a gift from the Lord of Light.” She also says that “dragons will purify the unbelievers by the thousands, burning their sins and their flesh” and that “Daenerys was sent to lead the people against darkness, in this war and in the great war to come.” .”

After resurrecting Jon Snow, Melisandre tells him, “Stannis wasn’t the prince that was promised, but someone has to be,” despite having been burned (hah!) before, she stops before to say it’s him. She is equally suspicious when she meets Daenerys, telling her, “The long night is coming. Only the prince who was promised can bring the dawn,” but without committing to who exactly it will be, though she says she believes Dany and Jon Snow have a role to play.

So, isn’t the prophecy fulfilled in the TV version of the story? Maybe. The Lightbringer sword prophecy is somehow fulfilled when Melisandre lights the Dothraki swords into flames during the Battle of Winterfell, but does that make Melisandre herself the promised princess? Daenerys and Drogon are indeed “purifying unbelievers by the thousands”, but not for the sake of the Lord of Light’s religion.

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