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HBO's Game of Thrones is one of the biggest shows on television, and fans are stuck with long hiatuses filled with unanswered questions to theorize about. One of the biggest unconfirmed theories currently circulating is all about Jon Snow and his possible destiny as "The Prince That Was Promised." Actor Kit Harington is aware of the theory, and he's weighed in on what he thinks of it, saying this:
I think you have to wait and see what happens this year, and if we find out anything more about Jon. I think Jon would hate the term 'The Prince That Was Promised.' If someone turned to him and said, 'You're The Prince That Was Promised,' he just wouldn't pay much attention. That's what I love about him, so I don't really care about it either. You know, I think that's what's great about him. He's got very little ego on him.
Kit Harington discussed the Prince That Was Promised theory in a chat with The Huffington Post, and he's apparently not too bothered about it either way. He doesn't think Jon would be especially invested in the idea, so he's not especially invested either. He's definitely not wrong about Jon's ego. The young man who started at the Night's Watch believing himself better than all the rest due to his Winterfell upbringing is now a guy who pretty much does whatever he feels he needs to, no matter what anybody has to say about it. We can bet that King in the North means a lot more to him than Prince That Was Promised would.
Of course, the Prince That Was Promised would likely mean a lot to a whole bunch of other people. According to legend, the Prince is a hero who will carry the magical sword Lightbringer to save the world from darkness, which will presumably come in the form of the White Walkers. Melisandre originally claimed that Stannis was the Prince That Was Promised, even going so far as to create a special sword for him. That claim obviously proved wrong, but Melisandre simply shifted her belief in Stannis to belief in Jon as the Prince.
We've seen that Melisandre isn't quite the all-knowing priestess that she seemed at first, so it would be pretty easy to assume that she's as wrong about Jon as she was wrong about Stannis. Still, we've seen that she does have unnatural powers, and she does have a connection to Jon ever since she resurrected him. Just because she was wrong about Stannis doesn't mean she's wrong about Jon, right?
The theory that Jon is the Prince That Was Promised is a pretty safe bet at this point, really. Fans have been solid on guessing some of the biggest Jon mysteries to date. Many of us were right about Melisandre resurrecting Jon and about Rhaegar + Lyanna = Jon; why shouldn't we also be right about Jon as the Prince That Was Promised?
We'll have to wait and see. Game of Thrones returns to the airwaves on Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET. Check out our breakdown of what we know so far about Game of Thrones Season 7 for a peek ahead, and don't forget to take a gander at our rundown of the 2017 TV renewals and cancellations so far. For a look at all your viewing options now and in the coming weeks, drop by our midseason TV premiere guide and our summer TV premiere schedule.