George R.R. Martin Drops Bomb About Fire Wights
First noticed by TV Guide, A Song of Ice and Fire writer George R.R. Martin discussed with Time Magazine the role of Beric Dondarrion. Beric is a member of the Brotherhood Without Banners. You may remember him dying after his fight with The Hound back in season three. He was resurrected thanks to the Lord of Light.
But as Martin explains, better may not be all that great; the character comes back “a little less Beric” every time he is resurrected.
“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,” Martin explained. “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.”
This new information suggests this may have implications for John Snow, himself brought back to life by the Lord of Light and his priestess Melissandre.
Beric has discussed this “lessening” of himself in the show and at greater length in the novels. Despite being in control of his faculties, he is something else. In the books, this gets amplified when the Brotherhood finds a new leader: Lady Stoneheart. Like Beric, she was returned to life by a Red Priest. But returning from a more horrific death — and a prolonged decomposition period — she was left without the ability to speak.
If Martin considers Beric a wight, Lady Stoneheart is one as well. Her behavior more closely resembles that of the show’s White Walkers. We're not going to suggest that Lady Stoneheart will appear in the show, but perhaps some of her material will be covered by Beric. That in turn could have implications for John if he is also not exactly alive.
Martin also mentioned his view of resurrection is in opposition to J.R.R. Tolkien, who brought back characters in more powerful forms.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on Sunday.