If the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere taught us anything, it was to keep an eye-patch squarely focused on Beric Dondarrion’s shenanigans. He and his shifty red priest, Thoros — who’s man bun is fooling no one, especially not the Hound — are up to something.
Also known as Westeros’ Friendly Neighborhood Frankenstein, Beric is the dude from the Brotherhood Without Banners who Thoros keeps bringing back from the dead like it’s a party trick.
One reason to keep an eye on Beric this season is that he could very well play a role in turning the “Jon Snow = Azor Ahai” fan theory into a reality. Another, much more nefarious reason comes from George R. R. Martin himself in a recent interview with Time.
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Martin dropped a paradigm-shifting confirmation that casts some shadow on Beric and everyone else preaching about the Lord of Light:
[P]oor Beric Dondarrion, who was set up as the foreshadowing of all this, every time he’s a little less Beric. His memories are fading, he’s got all these scars, he’s becoming more and more physically hideous, because he’s not a living human being anymore. His heart isn’t beating, his blood isn’t flowing in his veins, he’s a wight, but a wight animated by fire instead of by ice, now we’re getting back to the whole fire and ice thing.
That’s right, folks: fire wights (AKA fire White Walkers). This news is huge for several reasons. For one, it proves the magic reanimating Beric’s corpse (and presumably Jon Snow’s) is no different from the magic the White Walkers use to raise their corpses.
The only difference? You guessed it: with fire, instead of ice.
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