Beric Dondarrion is the only other character on Game of Thrones, besides Jon Snow, who’s been resurrected (that we know about.) He has been resurrected six times — far more times than Jon Snow. But he and Jon share many similarities. He was resurrected by the same faith that resurrected Jon, only his miracle came from the Red Priest Thoros rather than the Red Priestess Melisandre.
Here’s what you need to know.
Beric Dondarrion Was Resurrected by the Red Priest Thoros and Suffered Side Effects
Beric Dondarrion was resurrected by Thoros, a Red Priest, six times. We learned most of this in the episode “Kissed By Fire,” when Beric and Thoros talk to Arya. Beric has died by impaling, an arrow, hanging, and more. But one key element is that his scars don’t heal after he’s brought back. He was stabbed in the eye and he still can’t see.
Beric isn’t happy with being brought back. He told Arya that resurrection carries a heavy toll. Every time he comes back, he loses parts of his memory and some of who he was is chipped away with each death.
This makes you wonder if Jon Snow is suffering side effects too. Remember, he told Melisandre not to resurrect him if he ever dies again.
Beric May Give Us Clues About How Jon Snow Was Brought Back to Life
Thoros of Myr, the priest who brought Beric back to life, is a red priest of the Lord of Light. He follows the same faith as Melisandre. He said that when Beric opened his eyes, he knew that the Lord of Light was the “one true god.”
According to Thoros, the Lord of Life plays the crucial role in bringing someone back from the dead. Thoros didn’t have any special amulets on him that we know of when he resurrected Beric. Thoros thinks he was just lucky. In fact, before the first resurrection Thoros felt so down and so defeated that he practically gave up on his faith. It appears that losing one’s faith (or almost losing it) is a necessary ingredient to being used to raise someone back to life.
Beric Is a ‘Fire Wight’ According to GRRM
We’ve heard from George R. R. Martin that Beric Dondarrion’s memories are fading and he’s not “a living human anymore.” Beric’s heart isn’t beating and blood isn’t flowing through his veins anymore, Martin said. “He’s a wight, but a wight animated by fire instead of ice,” GRRM told Time.
That means that Jon, who was also resurrected by the same faith that resurrected Beric, could be a fire wight too.
Exactly what this means remains to be seen. The White Walkers seem to reanimate corpses into wights through some type of “ice wight” magic. But the fire wights still have independent thought and action.
It will be interesting to see what happens next with Beric.