Firstly, thank you for putting so much effort into such detailed meta. I swear there are almost all my thoughts about Jamie being Azor Ahai. It's really, really good meta and one I was searching for the moment I've came into liking this character (I'm like one week in fandom, but still). Secondly, I was wondering, if there could be any other moment, when Jaime has been reborn as The Prince That Was Promised. I don't have book in hand, so I could be mistaken, but in show I've saw the scene 1/2
2/2 when Jaime had killed The Mad King and there has been blood on the star above the throne (literally bleeding star) and after that there was darkness in his and Targaryen’s heir lifes (Kingslayer, broken oath, etc.). As for smoke and salt. I think it has a bit of figurative meaning: salt from human’s tears, screaming when they were buring alive and smoke has filled the room. I’m not sure what to do with dragons, but maybe it’s some added part from people through ages? What do you think?
Thanks! and welcome to the fandom. (I’ve only been here for couple months myself, but still.)
And yeah, I mean, there are a lot of theories people have put forward about other possible moments Jaime could have been reborn. Most of them are very clever but weak enough in one or two respects that they don’t quite fit; I like the one that suggests Oberyn’s death (the ‘red star’ of Dorne bleeding out) and Jaime’s helping Tyrion escape might be his rebirth, for example, but it doesn’t seem to fit the ‘smoke and salt’ aspect well. I also like the one where Jaime taking a steamy bath with Brienne and telling her the truth about his Kingslaying is his rebirth, just for how understated it is, but again, I think this fits better as foreshadowing. There’s a much stronger theory that Jaime simply hasn’t been reborn at all yet, and won’t until he kills Cersei, which in the books seems as if it might happen right after Jaime returns in time to see Cersei blow up the sept (this timeline may have been abandoned in the show due to the ripple effects of cutting Aegon’s character). The bleeding star in this case would be a metaphor for the deaths of the Faith Militant, who all wear the star carved into their foreheads.
In the link that I reblogged on my original Jaime = AA post, it takes you to an article that suggests yet another option, which is that Jaime losing his swordhand is part of a long, extended rebirth that mimics the three reforgings of the sword Lightbringer. It’s a pretty cool theory as well, and if you haven’t taken a look at it, I absolutely recommend it.
Now, there’s another Jaime = AA article I remember floating around somewhere that discusses the scene you mention, but I couldn’t find it when I looked for it, so I’m afraid I can’t give you the link. And yes, other stars besides the red comet have included the red star of House Martell (with blood = red, and perhaps Elia and her children’s brutal deaths), or, as you mention, the Star of the Seven over the throne. The problem with this theory is that it works much better in the show than in the books - I can’t recall 100%, but I don’t think in the books there’s much reference made to the star at all? It’s just in the show where we have that scene.
Now, if we assume both that Jaime is definitely Azor Ahai and that D&D have been aware of this all along, this could be another piece of show-only foreshadowing; but I’m hesitant to say that it could be Jaime’s definite moment of rebirth, both because 1. besides gaining a snazzy new nickname, Jaime doesn’t actually change much as a person as a result of this moment (he’s still wrapped up in his toxic relationship with Cersei, he’s still loyal to his father and his family, he still thinks of himself as ‘the hero,’ albeit a misunderstood one) and 2. again, this scene works better in the show than in the books, and if Jaime is AA I really think the show is going to follow the books at least somewhat faithfully when it comes to proving it. So, while this could definitely be read as foreshadowing, I think it probably isn’t Jaime’s actual rebirth.