Not exactly the best topic to start a new thread on that one, but I really wanted to reply to the ongoing Jon vs. Dany theme in the old thread:
The problem to choose a savior can be avoided by considering the possibility that there will be one central savior figure, surrounded by a group of 'knights' or companions (i.e. other dragonriders in the fight against the Others). That's all already in the story. We have Tyrion - himself possibly a half-Targaryen - the sole individual who has good relations with all known and secret Targaryens (or at least he soon will).
Then there are Samwell and Sarella (possibly Jaqen as well) who could serve as a sort of Westerosi faction arguing in favor of Daenerys.
I can't see Jon Snow gathering enough political momentum to claim anything in the foreseeable future, and certainly not in the midst of the Other crisis.
1. He is a member of the Night's Watch. He can't stake a claim to anything.
2. He the bastard son of a convicted traitor. Even if his true heritage was revealed, who would believe it? Who would declare for him? And why?
3. He may have forged some decent alliances as Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, but he can't possibly use them to make a claim to anything in the South, let alone the Iron Throne.
Anyone south of the Neck would consider his claim to be Rhaegar's lawful son by Lyanna a joke. That could change if he played a crucial role in the fight against the Others and saved everyone's ass, but I'm not sure if he pull this off and survive the ordeal if he is completely on his won. He could get enough support if a (Targaryen) king officially declared him legitimate after the Night's Watch was disbanded. Jon swore an oath to the Old Gods, not to the invented Seven.
As to his role as Azor Ahai: If he were the sole hero, then the whole story could be finished long before Dany even arrived. She would not even need to come to Westeros. Jon is already at the Wall. The hero would be at the right place, all GRRM needed to do was let the Others attack and fail. That would greatly diminish the whole 'the Realm abandoned the Night's Watch' plot thing. The Realm has to pay for not supporting to NW, and it only can pay if the Others attack and successfully breach or circumvent the Wall. Jon can easily survive this - if he is still alive/resurrected, leading a resistance force at the Wall or farther in the South.
But I really can't see Dany coming to Westeros as an 'antagonist' (in the sense that she will oppose the resistance against the Others and/or all the good guys in Westeros). The humans in Westeros should need all the help they can get when the Others finally make their move. And this move should better be really threatening, and not a thing the decimated North and the NW/wildlings can manage on their own. Whoever got that impression should be completely wrong.
And Dany's relationship to deteriorate, either before she arrives or afterwards. Right now there is no reason why they should not forge a tactical alliance. Possible reason could include the Martells deciding that Dany is dead/being pissed about Quentyn's death and marrying Arianne to Aegon, Dany getting background information on Illyrio and Varys from the Tattered Prince. But even then, if the Others are a real threat, it would be a smart and reasonable move to reunite the two Targaryen branches to unite the Realm against the ice monsters and their undead hordes...
The old stuff can be found in here: http://asoiaf.wester...tpatq-spoilers/
Edited by Lord Varys, 21 February 2014 - 07:20 AM.