Richard Dormer, who plays the role of Beric on Game of Thrones, talked to makinggameofthrones.com about the events of episode 6 (Beyond the Wall) of season 7. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
HBO: Beric is finally in the North. Does he ever second-guess the decisions he’s made to get to this point?
Richard Dormer: No. I think he realizes there are sacrifices to be made for every great purpose, and every soldier has to go make those calls. You can’t dwell on mistakes. You’ve just got to look forward and think of your fellow comrades. When he hears about the armies that are gathering in the north, of the dead, he realizes that’s where he’s got to go. He knows what death is and he’s one of the men to hold it back, to try to defeat it.
I think his one regret is he’s only half the man he used to be; he’s lost so much of himself.
HBO: Does he feel a special kinship to Jon?
Richard Dormer: Yes, he sees a connection. The only power that can resurrect is the Lord of Light; he realizes Jon has a special purpose, because he also has been kept alive. Beric’s thinking, “I better look out for this guy, because he has a big role to play in this war.”
HBO: Is it challenging working with your weapon? Is it actually on fire during filming?
Richard Dormer: Yes, the flaming sword is real. It only burns for two minutes at a time, and you can’t swing it too quickly, so you have to slow down your moves, which is actually quite tiring. It weighs about three times as much as a normal sword. It’s a pretty impressive weapon.
HBO: Is it emotional for Beric to lose Thoros?
Richard Dormer: It was heartbreaking to lose his last, oldest friend he had. Thoros connected him to his past life, before he formed the Brotherhood Without Banners, so losing him really touches Beric very deeply; it leaves him very empty.
HBO: What does it mean for him to realize he’s on his final life?
Richard Dormer: I think he’s relieved, in a sense. He knows now that he’s mortal, and that this last life has to count for something. He’s relieved it’ll finally be over.
HBO: Beric says he’s not fighting for any specific house at this point, but do you think this experience might give him some sort of allegiance to Jon or Daenerys?
Richard Dormer: I think so. Certainly to Jon, because the Lord of Light connection, but also because Beric sees how brave and selfless Jon is. He sees in Jon a great king — and I think he believes the Lord of Light sees that as well.
HBO: Is there any character you’d like to see Beric reunite with from seasons past?
Richard Dormer: The Mountain. Because even after all these years, he’s still carrying Ned Stark’s command to find and bring the Mountain to justice; so I think he would like to have a go at the Mountain and fulfill his promise.