In the Season 7 trailer for Game of Thrones, we saw Beric Dondarrion holding a flaming sword. Now that Beric is wielding that sword, fans are wondering about the significance of this sword. Here’s a plot refresher along with more information about why a flaming sword might be important, and what the connection could be to Lightbringer — but also why with Beric, it might not be a connection at all.
Minor spoilers through Season 7 Episode 6 below.
Azor Ahai & the Flaming Sword Lightbringer
The “flaming sword” is a key part of the story of Azor Ahai, a mythical figure whom legend says will be reborn and save the world from darkness. Although Azor Ahai hadn’t been mentioned by name yet on the show through Season 7 Episode 6, the figure is talked about a lot in the books (and may be the same as “The Prince Who Was Promised,” according to some theories.)
According to the prophecy, “The One (Prince) Who Was Promised” could be the reincarnation of Azor Ahai. The Azor Ahai prophecy reads: “In this dread hour a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him.”
Lightbringer is the burning sword that was wielded by Azor Ahai. In the books, Azor Ahai forged Lightbringer thousands of years ago to defeat the Great Other (The White Walkers.) To obtain the sword’s powers, he had to plunge the sword into the heart of his living wife. First, he had tried to plunge it into the heart of a lion, which broke it, and also tried to temper it in water, which also broke it.
Azor Ahai’s sword was said to radiate heat and glow, burning anyone who touched it.
Stannis & Lightbringer
There’s a bit of confusion because Lightbringer is also the name of Stannis’ sword. Melisandre apparently took it upon herself to name that sword Lightbringer, thinking Stannis was the Prince Who Was Promised. He pulled the sword out of a fire created by burning statues of the Seven. After Stannis died, it’s not known what happened to his Lightbringer sword.
Beric’s Flaming Sword
Meanwhile, Beric has been seen with a flaming sword before. In the previous scene, which you can watch above, you can see Beric wipe something on the sword. At that time, many fans thought he was using a simple trick to get his sword to burst into flame. But they say the way he makes his sword light up now is different.
Other fans think there’s no difference at all, and Beric has always been special when it comes to making his sword turn to fire. These fans say that even in the first scene above, it appears that he was using blood magic to make his sword burst into flame. Other fans disagree and point out that his sword was cut in half, which likely happened because it was weakened from using wildfire on it. What do you think? In the books, readers were told that Beric’s sword burst into flame because of his blood. But not everything that was in the books continues in the show.
Thoros Also Lights His Sword on Fire, But He Uses Wildfire
Thoros often wiped his sword with wildfire and set it on fire to intimidate his enemies. In fact, he was known for this trick. (In the books, we’re told he had to replace his sword after battle every time he did this because the fire weakened his sword so much.)
So it’s unclear what sign we should glean from Beric using a flaming sword, or if it means anything at all. The presence of this flaming sword could mean that Beric finally has Lightbringer and is Azor Ahai. Or it could be another trick.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.