For over 20 years, fans of A Song of Ice and Fire have speculated about what exactly the series’ poetic title refers to — and Game of Thrones Season 7 just clarified it. According to Melisandre, it’s a simple explanation: Jon Snow is ice, Daenerys is fire, and they’ve come together.
In “The Queen’s Justice,” the third episode of Season 7, Daenerys and Jon finally meet. Melisandre opts out of the meeting, reluctant to see Jon and Davos again after they discovered how she was responsible for Shireen Baratheon’s death. Instead, she stays outside on a cliff talking to Varys. After telling him she intends to depart for Volantis, she says, “I have done my part; I brought ice and fire together.”
For years, fans have speculated as to whether A song of Ice and Fire refers to Jon and Daenerys or whether it’s simply Jon Snow himself, since he’s the product of the union between the northern Lyanna Stark and the southern Rhaegar Targaryen. Some even believe Jon and Daenerys will have a child together, and that is the song of ice and fire.
Melisandre’s words don’t rule out the alternate possibilities, of course. The series title likely has several intended meanings, just like the prophecy about the prince or princess who was promised.
Nevertheless, Melisandre thinks A Song of Ice and Fire is Jon and Daenerys. And if Game of Thrones has revealed anything in the last two seasons, it’s don’t bet against the Red Woman.
Game of Thrones Season 7 is currently airing Sunday nights on HBO.