Prophecy is the bread and butter of the World of Ice and Fire. Game of Thrones severely downplays the importance of prophetic dreams — indeed, the ending all but discards it — but the books rely heavily on them, basing the increasingly intricate plot around them.
The first episode of House of the Dragon brought prophecy back into the picture by re-introducing the legendary augury of the Song of Ice and Fire. Like this particular prophecy, the World of Ice and Fire includes many that play a vital role in the main characters’ storyline, shaping their decisions and worldviews.
8 The House Of The Undying
Daenerys enters the House of the Undying in season 2, looking for her dragons. She experiences several visions, but the show only features two. However, the books go into extreme detail about her prophetic visions; she sees the Red Wedding, the house she grew up in as a child, and her father, Aerys II, ordering the burning of the Red Keep during the Sack of King’s Landing.
Most tellingly, Daenerys receives a prophecy from the warlocks, who tell her she must light three fires — one for light, one for death, and one to love –, ride three mounts — one to bed, one to dread, and one to love –, and experience three treasons — once for blood, once for gold, and once for love. This one seems to be the most unlikely of all the dubious and complex prophecies in ASoIaF. It suggests Dany herself will be the one committing the treason, which opens a world of possibilities, including the eventual arrival of the Mad Queen.
7 Quaithe’s Prophecies
Quaithe is among the most mysterious characters in the show and the books. She is also extremely frustrating, speaking only in riddles and offering sinister warnings to Daenerys under the pretense of wanting to “show her the way.”
Daenerys receives two prominent prophecies from Quaithe. The first seemingly indicates she must travel to Asshai, with Quaithe saying she must “pass beneath the shadow.” The second is a warning, telling Daenerys to “beware the perfumed seneschal.” Quaithe speaks to Daenerys of the arrival of several characters, including Jon Connington, Victarion Greyjoy, and Tyrion Lannister, warning her not to trust any.
6 Mirri Maz Duur
Mirri Maz Duur is one of the best side characters in Game of Thrones. Vengeful and duplicitous, Mirri was a godswife who betrays Daenerys. Mirri’s blood magic leaves Drogo in a vegetative state and kills Daenerys’ child, Rhaego, in her womb.
When Daenerys asks Mirri when Drogo will return to how he used to be, the godswife replies with an elaborate prophecy that hints it will never happen. The prophecy states the sun must “rise on the west and set on the east” and “seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind, like leaves.” Most importantly, Mirri’s prophecy hints Daenerys will never again bear a living child, which explains why she’s so protective of her dragons. But the books feature some events that hint at the prophecy fulfilling itself, so it was possible that Dany may have become pregnant eventually.
5 The Stallion Who Mounts The World
Among the Dothraki, no prophecy is more meaningful than that of the Stallion Who Mounts the World. It involves an individual who will rise to become the most powerful khal the world has ever seen, uniting all other khals under one same khalasar. According to the dosh khaleen, the Stallion will be “fierce as a storm,” with his enemies “trembling before him” and their wives weeping “tears of blood.”
When Daenerys eats the horse’s heart in Vaes Dothrak, the dosh khaleen believe her son with Drogo, Rhaego, will be the Stallion Who Mounts the World; however, Rhaego dies while still in her womb. Still, Daenerys herself seems to fulfill the prophecy, at least in the show. She burns the other khals alive and successfully unites the khalasars at Vaes Dothrak, convincing them to follow her to Westeros. It’s unclear if the books will follow suit, but in the show, Daenerys is one of the best characters and, as it turns out, the Stallion Who Mounts the World.
4 Cersei & The Valonqar
Cersei Lannister has many prevalent character traits that make her so iconic, including cynicism. However, she has been haunted since childhood by the words of Maggy the Frog, who told her a prophecy that changed her life forever. According to Maggy, Cersei would marry the King, bear three children with “golden crowns” and “golden shrouds,” and eventually be displaced by a “younger, more beautiful” Queen. In the books, Maggy also reveals that Cersei would eventually die at the hands of the valonqar, which is High Valyrian for “little brother.”
Maggy’s prophecy is the main reason for Cersei’s hatred for Tyrion, as she believes he is the valonqar. The prophecy also dictates all of Cersei’s moves, living in constant and intense fear of the “younger, more beautiful” Queen that will take everything she holds dear. At different times in the story, Cersei believes the Queen in question is Sansa Stark, Margaery Tyrell, and eventually Daenerys Targaryen.
3 The Prince That Was Promised
The prophecy of the Prince That Was Promised is crucial in ASoIaF. It talks of a leader that will save humanity during a period of great darkness, commonly believed to be The Long Night. According to the prophecy, the Prince That Was Promised will be “born amidst salt and smoke beneath a bleeding star.”
Melisandre uses the terms Azor Ahai and Prince That Was Promised interchangeably, although she favors the latter in the show. Many characters believed Rhaegar, one of the most heroic Targaryens in A Song of Ice and Fire, was the Prince, including Rhaegar himself, although he later believed it to be his son, Aegon. The books go deep into the prophecy, with the character Bloodraven seemingly manipulating events behind the scenes to engineer the birth of the Prince, who could feasibly be either Jon — if he is indeed Rhaegar and Lyana Stark’s son — or Daenerys.
2 Azor Ahai
Azor Ahai is a legendary figure in the religion of R’hllor, the Lord of Light. In tales from Asshai, Azor Ahai forges Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, by sticking it into his beloved wife Nissa Nissa’s beating heart. He then leads the charge against the age of darkness, known in Westerosi legends as The Long Night.
Melissandre makes multiple references to Azor Ahai in the books, often using it interchangeably with the term Prince That Was Promised. She believes Stannis Baratheon is Azor Ahai reborn, explaining why she staunchly supports him and his claim to the Iron Throne. However, many characters from the books believe Daenerys is Azor Ahai reborn. At one point, Melisandre claims she asks to see Azor Ahai in the flames but “only sees Snow,” a thinly-veiled reference to Jon Snow.
1 The Song Of Ice And Fire
House of the Dragon gave some insight into the prophecy at the heart of the book series. Viserys tells Rhaenyra of a dream Aegon the Conqueror had about a Targaryen being on the Iron Throne to defeat the “great winter,” a reference to the White Walkers. He refers to the dream as “the song of ice and fire,” seemingly clarifying the nature of the prophecy in the live-action universe.
The song of ice and fire remains a mystery in the books, although there are numerous references throughout the text. Most notable is Daenerys’s vision in the House of the Undying, when she sees her brother, Rhaegar, and a woman, seemingly his wife, Elia Martell, holding a newborn baby, Aegon. When she asks Rhaegar if he’ll make a song for the babe, he replies, “He has a song. He’s the Prince That Was Promised, and his is the song of ice and fire.” Per the books’ lore, the song of ice and fire is closely associated with the Prince That Was Promised, although there’s still no clear answer as to what it is.
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