So, who do you think is going to be sitting on the Iron Throne when Game of Thrones comes to an end in two seasons?
Most fans have their money on main characters like Jon Snow, Daenerys, Cersei, Arya, etc. But according to a pretty convincing new theory, it won't be any of the main players that we're expecting.
It would be a total Game of Thrones move to string us all along with the possibility of all these main characters fighting for the throne, and then some secondary character just stepping in at the end and taking it out of nowhere.
According to one theory blowing up on Reddit, that secretly powerful secondary character is Ser Davos Seaworth, Stannis Baratheon's right-hand man up until his death in Season 5.
I'm pretty sure nobody has really thought of Davos as a possible contender to lead Westeros, but the new theory makes a convincing case that the henceforth stalwart lackey is actually a lot more powerful than he seems.
Redditor FollowTheBeard posted a convincing case for Ser Davos actually being a reincarnation of Azor Ahai, one of the most powerful figures in the lore of Game of Thrones.
Earlier in the show, we learn Azor Ahai was a legendary hero who is prophesied to be reborn as The Prince That Was Promised to save the land from evil once again. Most viewers have associated this prophecy with Jon Snow or Daenerys, but FollowTheBeard points out Davos actually fulfills the main points of the Azor Ahai prophecy.
The first hints can be found at the start of Season 2 when Melisandre recites part of the Azor Ahai prophecy and summons his sword Lightbringer. Stannis pulls the sword from the fire but leaves it on the beach. Just a minute late, we see Davos picking up the sword and leaving with it.
But Davos's possession of Lightbringer isn't the only thing that seems to confirm he is the reincarnation of Azor Ahai. He fulfills another part of the prophecy, about being reborn amidst smoke and salt, during the Battle of Blackwater in Season 2.
The theory points out that Davos was thought to be dead after that battle, but wound up alive on shore amidst the smoke of wildfire and the salt of the seawater.
Well, in case you're still skeptical, there's even more evidence of Davos' prophecy-fulfilling actions. The last part of the Azor Ahai prophecy states he shall return to wake dragons from stone, and that's exactly what Davos does at the start of Season 6.
Although it appears to be Melisandre who brings Jon Snow back from the dead, the theory points out her ritual doesn't actually work, and it's not until Davos prays for Jon to come back to life that he actually takes his first breath.
And given Jon Snow is (spoiler alert) actually a Targaryen, the family famously associated with dragons, and that he was revived on a stone slab, Davos really did wake a dragon from the stone.
Sooo, yeah — I'm pretty shook by all this. It sounds pretty clear that Game of Thrones is telling us that there's a lot more in store for Ser Davos than we may have thought. And if he really is Azor Ahai reborn, then there's no better choice for the Iron Throne than Davos!