‘Game of Thrones’: Who Is the Last Hero? [S07E05 THEORIES]


Game of Thrones fans are wondering if a certain scene in Season 7 Episode 5 might be heralding the beginning of a prophecy about a last hero that might lead us to a very unhappy ending.

Read more below.

This post has spoilers through Season 7 Episode 5. 

At the very end of Season 7 Episode 5, Jon Snow gathered six comrades to join him going North of the Wall. Their goal? To capture proof of the White Walkers and bring the proof back to Cersei.

The heroes with Jon were:

  • The Hound
  • Gendry
  • Thoros
  • Beric Dondarrion
  • Tormund
  • Jorah Mormont

What is the prophecy that might relate to this?

There’s a legend in Westeros about a “Last Hero” who may or may not be Azor Ahai or the Prince Who Was Promised. (All these legends may be about the same person or different people, it’s hard to tell.)

The story is from the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, so it’s possible that this group’s journey will be an “Easter Egg” of sorts for book readers that won’t be mentioned directly in the show. Here’s what the prophecy or legend says, as told to Bran by Old Nan in A Game of Thrones (the book).

The last hero determined to seek out the children, in the hopes that their ancient magics could win back what the armies of men had lost. He set out into the dead lands with a sword, a horse, a dog, and a dozen companions. For years he searched until he despaired of ever finding the children of the forest in their secret cities. One by one his friends died, and his horse, and finally even his dog, and his sword froze so hard the blade snapped when he tried to use it.

It may be a bit of a stretch to connect this legend to Jon Snow’s journey now. He’s not seeking out the Children of the Forest, as it appears this legend speaks about. He is journeying with companions (but seven, not twelve). They do have a sword with them, they have a dog (in the form of The Hound), but they don’t seem to have a horse.


Perhaps in the show the legend will be slightly different. Or maybe it simply will call back to that legend but it won’t be identical.

There’s also a possibility that the legend already played out with Bran. He went in search of the Children of the Forest, seeking their ancient magic to help win the upcoming battle. He lost a dog and quite a few companions. He searched for a long time (although not for years). Is it possible that Jon isn’t the Last Hero at all, but Bran is?

Some fans hope that’s the case, since anything else would mean that some of Jon’s companions are going to die. :(

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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