Warning – this article contains Game of Thrones spoilers!
The Prince That Was Promised is a something you'll be hearing a lot during the penultimate seasons of HBO's Game of Thrones.
A mysterious figure from the book series who is reborn from the mythic hero Azor Ahai, the Prince That Was Promised is destined to lead mankind in its war against darkness by wielding a sword known as the Lightbringer.
After that Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark bombshell dropped last season, a lot of fans were left thinking the prince in question refers to Targaryen and Stark hybrid Jon Snow.
However, another theory suggests that the crown – and the Lightbringer – is destined for another, in the form of Jaime Lannister.
According to Game of Thrones lore, the Targaryen's three dragons are destined to have three riders.
The only problem with the R + L = J theory is that it leaves us with just two, so if Jon and Dany are the only true remaining Targaryen's, we surely need another secret Mad King offspring to ride the third dragon?
Could it be Tyrion? There is evidence suggesting mad king Aerys was obsessed with Tywin's wife Joanna and raped her, leading to Tyrion's birth and thus explaining why Tywin hated him.
However, another theory is out there doing the rounds and it's pretty compelling...
What if said pregnancy resulted in Cersei and Jaime's birth instead, and Tywin only hated Tyrion because his own true son was – as he would put it – an imp?
Well, a new promo picture for season 7 may well prove that theory to be true.
In the picture, Jaime can be seen standing next to his sister Cersei while sporting his new sword Widow's Wail.
Key to the legend of Azor Ahai is his sword Lightbringer, which is made of Valyerian steel – much like Jaime's.
In the prophecy of the Prince, Azor Ahai forged the Lightbringer three times – the first time, the sword broke, as the Widow's Wail has previously, the second time, he killed a lion and the third time, he killed his beloved Nissa Nissa.
While the lion in Jaime's story is still up for debate, logic reasons that his Nissa Nissa would be Cersei, who he is pointing the Widow's Wail at in the above picture.
Phew. We're off for a lie down.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on Sunday, July 16 and Monday, July 17 on Sky Atlantic in the UK.
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