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Spoilers ahead for the newest episode of Game of Thrones.
Season 7 of Game of Thrones has been absolutely wild. The beloved HBO fantasy series has been supplying the fandom with major weekly payoffs, and the most recent episode delivered in a variety of ways. We saw new character interactions and yet another suspenseful action sequence, the end of which contains a shot that fans are obsessing about. After Viserion dies, Dany leaves Jon behind to fly the company into safety. And when he reemerges from the icy water, it looks like Longclaw had opened its eyes. Check it out.
Pretty cool, right? It looks like Longclaw opened his eyes as Jon reached for his iconic sword, which has set off another gaggle of fan theories. What exactly could this frame mean, if it is legitimate?
One theory is that the sword's alleged reaction to Jon hints at at his identity as Azor Ahai. Azor Ahai is destined to save Westeros in the battle against the dead, and Jon has certainly been leading the charge against the Night King's army. And in the prophecy, the prince that was promised wielded a flaming sword, meaning that Jon's choice in weapon could be significant. If the northern sword were to be set aflame, it would be yet another moment of "ice and fire" in Game of Thrones.
Another theory is that the sword's little eye move was actually Bran warging into the scene to check on Jon. Bran's newfound powers as the Three Eyed Raven are still largely a mystery, and it's currently unclear exactly how badass he's become since inheriting the title. Bran certainly seems to be aware of everything at once, so it's not completely out of question that he'd have a vested interest in Jon's journey beyond the wall. But since when does he have the ability to warg into objects, as well as animals?
Another more realistic reason for Longclaw's blink is that it was simply a reflection when filming. The moment in the eyes occurs at exactly the same time that actor Kit Harrington emerges from the icy water, so whatever camera is shooting the scene may simply have reflected his movement, which would also reflect in Longclaw's eyes. Check out the same gif, slowed down a bit.
While this reasoning may be a bit more logical, it does imply an editing error on Game of Thrones' part. Although a mistake is certainly possible, it seems weird that such an epic shot wouldn't be absolutely perfect. "Beyond the Wall" was largely a masterpiece for the series, and the shot in question was a moment of stillness after a chaotic action sequence. The editors surely would have noticed this phenomenon.
We'll just have to wait and see what the final episode has in store for us. Game of Thrones airs Sundays on HBO, and in the meantime check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.