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The sixth episode drew the popular TV show closer to its end. The one-hour adventure focused more on the expedition of the seven heroes beyond the Wall to catch a living wight. They are going to use it as proof to King’s Landing that the Others consist a much ardent problem than their internal squabbles. The Others might signify the end of the world of the living. However, on their way to face their destiny, the seven members of the brotherhood shared some intimate moments as well. One of the most revealing events was Beric telling Jon Snow his take on the meaning of their resurrections.
Jon Snow Perceived His Second Chance to Life as Meaningless and Has No Supreme Purpose to Fight for
This weekend’s Game of Thrones episode followed in the footsteps of Jon’s seven-hero squad. Jon Snow, Beric Dondarrion, Gendry, Tormund, Jorah Mormont, the Hound, and Thoros of Myr started off on a mission to meet the army of the undead for a good cause.
Their suicidal operation drew the members closer together. During the calm period before the battle, Jon and Beric talked about their common point, namely their resurrections. For Jon Snow, the experience was terrifying.
Stepping into the land of the dead made Snow realize that there is nothing there waiting for him. He saw no trace of God which gave him no reason to believe in the spirits that brought him back to life. Therefore, his second chance offered him no supreme meaning to fight for.
Beric Explains Their Resurrections as the Gods Treating Them as Soldiers Who Follow Orders
On the other hand, Beric shares a more positive outlook on this experience. He was six times dead, and for six times he came back. However, he stopped looking for answers and started embracing the idea that his fate is out of his control.
“I don’t think it’s our purpose to understand. Except for one thing — we’re soldiers.”
While Jon wants to understand what the Lord of Light desires of him, Beric overcame this insane quest by seeing himself as a soldier. He knows that he is fighting for the prevalence of life and that’s enough for him. The Gods hold the truth that they reveal only at the right time.
Jon seems to find wisdom in these words. He even echoed Beric’s speech with a line from the vows of the Night’s Watch. “I am the shield that guards the realms of men.” This makes him the soldier that guards the world of the living.
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