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Season 7 of Game of Thrones has included some pretty wild plot twists that have led to some pretty fantastic theories from fans. While not all of those theories prove to be correct, others seem like they really could come true. Last week's "Beyond the Wall" featured a moment that launched some major speculation. When Jon Snow somehow emerged from a frozen lake, he grabbed his sword with its distinctive white wolf pommel. The wolf's eyes seemed closed when Jon was under the water, then appeared to open as soon as he surfaced. Was it a clue that Longclaw was going to become Lightbringer, and Jon would soon seize his destiny as Azor Ahai? Well, "Beyond the Wall" director Alan Taylor has weighed in on the theory, saying this:

That is so funny, somebody else mentioned that to me and I haven't got a clue what they're talking about. 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.

It seems that there may not be anything to the theory that the wolf on Longclaw opened its eyes when Jon emerged from the icy depths. We can probably rule out a sword with actual magical properties on the set of Game of Thrones, and Alan Taylor's comments to Insider indicate that nothing was filming to specifically show Longclaw doing anything unnatural. The odds are that the Longclaw wolf simply looked to be opening its eyes due to water Kit Harington splashed when he was climbing out of the water while filming the episode.

That said, we can't 100% rule out some CGI shenanigans that added eye movement on Longclaw in post-production. Even if Alan Taylor didn't intend to show anything going on with the sword, it's possible that somebody else behind the scenes decided to slip in a quick clue about Jon possibly becoming Azor Ahai with Longclaw as Lightbringer. My money is on the moment not revealing anything other than the fact Game of Thrones has remarkably observant fans, but we can never say never when it comes to this show. Even the wildest theories might not be too far off base with Game of Thrones.

Hopefully we'll get a solid clue about Azor Ahai in this Sunday's Season 7 finale. With the Great War approaching (and the Wall possibly falling) in the not-too-distant future, the time has coming for Azor Ahai to be reborn. There are a number of candidates who will could Lightbringer as Azor Ahai; it would at least be nice if the show narrowed down the list before we head into yet another long hiatus.

Only time will tell. Check out our list of big moments that need to be covered in the Season 7 finale, which you can watch this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. For your TV options once Season 7 has come to an end, swing by our fall premiere schedule.

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