There have been many goofy Game of Thrones theories over the years — for example: Lady Stoneheart casually walking in the background of Brienne and Arya’s playful duel earlier this season — but this might be the goofiest.
In “Beyond the Wall,” Jon Snow is dragged underwater by wights. Fearing the worst, his traveling companions and Daenerys, now down one dragon, leave without him — eventually the Night King and his undead army do the same. There’s a moment where the episodes wants us to think Jon is dead (been there), but the King of the North emerges from the lake and grabs Longclaw.
Though not before his trusty sword… blinks?
Did Bran warg into the direwolf head?!? Not quite. It’s either a drop of water hitting the sword, or we’re seeing Jon hitting the ice in the reflection of the jewels on the pommel. No magic here. Director Alan Taylor, who waved away the episode’s fuzzy timeline, definitively shut down the silly theory.
“That is so funny, somebody else mentioned that to me and I haven’t got a clue what they’re talking about,” he told Insider. “So either this sword is magic and it’s doing stuff on its own or something happened. I’m going to have to go back and watch that moment close up and in slow motion to see what’s going on there. I can say that there was no intention for that to be the case.” Taylor continued, “I’ll tell you my theory. I’m assuming that it was cold on set or in the simulated ice lake, and I thought that the pommel of Longclaw is just slightly frosted over and then Jon comes out of the water and splashes the sword which washes away any sort of frosty residue.” Somewhere out there (in a closet, where he’s crying while looking at photos of Daenerys), Jorah breathes a sigh of relief that he didn’t turn down a magical sword.