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Even the Night King bows before the coolness of Beric Dondarrion and his flaming sword. That's the only explanation as to how he (and his best friend Tormund) survive The Wall's collapse. Seeing him alive and well in the season eight premiere of Game of Thrones made us rejoice. But it also made us wonder about the magic fueling his flaming sword all over again. After all, without his nifty weapon the scene where he and Tormund search for Night's Watch survivors would be completely dark, and we can all agree the light source is much appreciated during that creepy sequence.
The show has never explicitly explained where Beric's sword gets its flames from, but a combination of the books and subtle details in the series give us a pretty good idea. Thanks to Thoros of Myr and his Lord of Light given abilities, the knight has been brought back to life six times. The constant resurrections have imbued him with a certain amount of power. He truly is a servant of the Lord of Light now, and according to A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin, he's also something known as a Fire Wight. Basically, it's fire keeping him alive, just as ice seems to fuel traditional wights.
That's outside the show's canon...
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