My answer to What is the prophecy regarding Jon Snow?
Answer by Ava Monroe:
Prophecy Duality – There is also another prophecy which Jon Snow fits into in addition to Azor Ahai:
Two kings to wake the dragon. The father first and then the son, so both die kings. – A Dance With Dragons, Jon I
So much duality in this series, it makes sense to have duality in prophecy regarding Jon Snow. It does not state in the books these two Kings who need to die in the prophecy must be Targaryen Kings, and there are two Stark Kings who died, first the father then the son, at the time Jon Snow was about to be born, perfect timing for a dragon to ‘rise again’, especially a Targaryen-Stark ‘dragon’.
Jon Snow, Azor Ahai, is also a ‘dragon’: an Ice & Fire made flesh ‘Dragon’ who shares the same flesh reaction to wounds as Daenerys dragons do, a Targaryen-Stark ‘dragon’ hybrid, and, I believe Jon is also the ‘dragon rising again’ in the prophecy. Here is why:
Jon Snow: Two Kings to Wake the Dragon Prophecy – Stark Kings
I have not found anywhere in the books to indicate these Kings in the dragon rising again prophecy must be Targaryen, and since Jon is duality, ice and fire, it would fit if the prophecy contains an element of duality as well. Kings we typically associate with Targaryens (fire) in prophecy, Stark Kings however are associated with Jon and the North (ice).
- Two kings to wake the dragon. The father first and then the son, so both die kings. The words had been murmured by one of the queen's men as Maester Aemon had cleaned his wounds. Jon had tried to dismiss them as his fever talking. Aemon had demurred. "There is power in a king's blood," the old maester had warned …. – A Dance With Dragons, Jon I
This quote above comes from a Jon chapter while he is up at the Wall in the North – details which I believe are relative to the interpretation of this prophecy, and likely a form of foreshadowing the ‘two kings’ are Northern Kings.
Regardless of the fact the Kings of Winter have been called the Kings in the North since the day Torrhen Stark bent the knee at the Trident, it is the ability to use the title ‘King of Winter’ which the Starks surrendered along with the crown of the Kings of Winter, yet the Starks and the secrets of Winterfell which have the ability to control winter, remain intact. So long as they do, they are, technically, still the Kings of Winter.
Therefore Rickard Stark was technically a King at the time of his death, the King of Winter. Brandon Stark, his son then became the King of Winter and was also killed by King Aerys II Targaryen very shortly after his father, fulfilling the two kings prophecy: Two kings to wake the dragon. The father first and then the son, so both die kings.
Kill the Boy, Jon Snow
Now whether the dragon rising again begins on some level at the time of Jon’s birth into the world, or solely upon his resurrection rebirth later in the series can be up for debate. Duality runs deep in ASOIAF – I would vote both births are equally important and required for the dragon to rise again as Jon needs to exist in Westeros in order to kill the boy and rise again as a man, and ‘dragon’, as advised by Maester Aemon Targaryen:
- "Allow me to give my lord one last piece of counsel," the old man had said, "the same counsel that I once gave my brother when we parted for the last time. He was three-and-thirty when the Great Council chose him to mount the Iron Throne. A man grown with sons of his own, yet in some ways still a boy. Egg had an innocence to him, a sweetness we all loved. Kill the boy within you, I told him the day I took ship for the Wall. It takes a man to rule. An Aegon, not an Egg. Kill the boy and let the man be born." The old man felt Jon's face. "You are half the age that Egg was, and your own burden is a crueler one, I fear. You will have little joy of your command, but I think you have the strength in you to do the things that must be done. Kill the boy, Jon Snow. Winter is almost upon us. Kill the boy and let the man be born." – A Dance With Dragons, Jon II, Aemon Targaryen speaking to Jon
Jon Snow Ice & Fire ‘Dragon’
Both Daenerys living dragons, the dragons back in The Princess and the Queen, and Jon Snow all exhibit the same ‘smoking wounds’ which I believe is a strong connection between fire breathing dragons and human Targaryen ‘Dragons’
Here are a few quotes from A Dance with Dragons, Daenerys IX, showing Drogon being attacked and the reaction that occurs in his flesh when wounded:
- His spear remained in Drogon's back, wobbling as the dragon beat his wings. Smoke rose from the wound.
- His head turned. Smoke rose between his teeth. His blood was smoking too, where it dripped upon the ground. He beat his wings again, sending up a choking storm of scarlet sand. Dany stumbled into the hot red cloud, coughing. He snapped.
- She remembered the dragon twisting beneath her, shuddering at the impacts, as she tried desperately to cling to his scaled back. The wounds were smoking.
- …….blood was flowing from the wound where the spear had pierced him, smoking where it dripped onto the scorched sands. He is fire made flesh, she thought, and so am I. – Daenerys IX, ADWD
Jon Snow (Ice & Fire, Stark &Targaryen made Flesh ‘Dragon’)
Also in A Dance with Dragons, we have a brief description of Jon’s flesh reaction when stabbed by Nights Watch brothers:
- Then Bowen Marsh stood there before him, tears running down his cheeks. "For the Watch." He punched Jon in the belly. When he pulled his hand away, the dagger stayed where he had buried it. Jon fell to his knees. He found the dagger's hilt and wrenched it free. In the cold night air the wound was smoking. "Ghost," he whispered. Pain washed over him. Stick them with the pointy end. When the third dagger took him between the shoulder blades, he gave a grunt and fell face-first into the snow. He never felt the fourth knife. Only the cold … – A Dance With Dragons, Jon XIII
These smoking wound similarities between Drogon and Jon Snow indicates Jon has very unique and dragon specific traits. Combine that along with his Targaryen blood and Jon slides in nicely as a human ‘dragon’.
‘He never felt the fourth knife. Only the cold…’ tells me this is on page proof of Jon’s death in the books. People who have died and come back often report being very cold and we know body temperature plummets upon death.
Prophecy Duality – Jon Snow, Azor Ahai, Stark-Targaryen, dragon-human hybrid