Fan theories for Game of Thrones outnumber the characters on the show. Everybody who watches the show has a theory for every plot and character and in a way it defines the massive fan following the show has garnered all across the world. 

One of the most awaited plot points of the show is the return of the hero, Azor Ahai. According to legends in the book series, Azor Ahai was the hero who put an end to The Long Night centuries ago. During The Long Night, Westeros was dealing with a lot of chaos due to the White Walkers and Azor Ahai was the one who pushed them beyond the wall using his flaming sword. The prophecy states that Azor Ahai will return as The Prince That Was Promised and put an end to the chaos that has taken over Westeros.

But who is The Prince That Was Promised?

The Prince isn't necessarily a man as Valyrian language uses the same word for both prince and princess so the list of possible contenders is a long one.

1. Jon Snow

Everyone's favourite Jon Snow is the hero of the show right now. His Targaryen lineage coupled with his heroism surely make him a contender. He came back from the dead on a stone slab and he is a dragon. And the show has been building him up as the man who will put an end to all the misery.

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2. Daenerys Targaryen

Dany believes that she is the last Targaryean and the show has built her up as the Queen who will bring about a massive change in the Westerosi culture. Dany doesn't have a literal sword that was forged out of fire but she has her dragons and those could represent Lightbringer, the sword that puts an end to The Long Night.

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3. Jaime Lannister

The Prince That Was Promised tested his sword through water and then a lion but it was only forged after he plunged it in his lover's heart. Jaime now carries Joffrey's sword, Widow's Wail, and that was made from Ned Stark's sword, Ice. This could be the water element. His possible Targaryean lineage could mean that he kills Tyrion and finally forges his sword by killing his lover, Cersei.

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4. Ser Davos Seaworth

Davos spent a long time supporting Stannis' claim to the Iron Throne but he himself could be The Prince That Was Promised. Davos has pulled a sword from fire and his battle at Blackwater could represent the water element. It is also believed that he was the one who brought Jon Snow back to life.

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5. Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion has been instrumental in the show for a long time now. Him being The Prince That Was Promised has a lot of credibility as a theory. His heroic actions at the Battle of Blackwater could explain his first stint with testing his metaphorical sword. He later kills a lion, his own father Tywin Lannister. And ultimately kills his lover, Shae, too. All that's missing is a literal sword but the prophecies aren't meant to be translated literally.

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6. Beric Dondarrion

The man from the Brotherhood without Banners is the one with a literal sword that's on fire and has come back to life six times. His belief in the Lord of Light has always shown him as the man who believes in prophecies.

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7. Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane

The man who was scared of fire saw a vision in the same fire recently. His childhood encounter with fire and his ability to hold a sword has been highlighted numerous times on the show.

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8. The Prince is dead

Theories suggest that Rhaegar Targaryen was The Prince That Was Promised and since Jon Snow is his son, he will finish the task his father started. Rheagar was born amongst smoke and salt and him impregnating Lyanna with Jon Snow could mean that he was the sword whose birth killed Lyanna. Since Rhaegar is now dead, this theory will take a lot of explanation if it comes true.

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